2005-06-25

Xinjiang update

I gotcha Ürümqi (pics) right here!

The province we’re in is Xinjiang, the capital we flew in, is Ürümqi. We’re not actually in Ürümqi, rather about an hour by bus northwest of it in a town called Changji
(
昌吉). Check out pages XinJiang I and Xinjiang II, Changji, quite a bit cleaner than Ürümqi, is mostly populated by Han Chinese. As far as language goes, my guess is because Han Chinese aren’t indigenous to the region, there’s no discernable accent; people speak a pretty standard dialect of Mandarin. So far communication hasn't been a big a problem.


It ain’t the heat it’s the humidity!

Despite being next to the Gobi desert, we’ve had great weather, very dry of course. It’s like winter in New York, but warm: the shower towel takes about 30 minutes to dry, the temperature has been in the 80s and low 90s. One of the special characteristics about the region, the reason people can live here, is the plentiful ground water. Sprinklers are everywhere; there are trees flowers and grass. Although among Chinese, Xinjiang is mostly famous for its grapes and melons; the region also produces plenty of other local fruits and vegetables, like corn strawberries and pears, you buy directly from the farmer.

The population density in Changji is much more humane than the east cost of China. Crossing the street is not risking your life, There’s plenty of space to walk or ride your bike, like other cities in China, an entire lane is designated for bikes,

Yesterday (June 24) we took a trip to Ürümqi and visited the major park Hong Shan (red mountain). As mentioned above, it’s a little dirtier than Changji and with its enormous white brick buildings, looks remarkably similar to other cities in China. At the top of Hang Shan, as is the custom at other parks in China, couples attach padlocks to a chain threaded through a railing to represent their devotion. Check out the pictures in
Xinjiang II page.

Tonight, (June 25) we’re going to the local square in Changji to sing a few songs and talk to people, hopefully draw attention promote the English school.

Some have expressed interest in how long it took to get here. Below is my itinerary.

June 19
Departs: 7:55pm
To: LOS ANGELES, CA (LAX)
Arrives: 11:01pm
Total air time: 5:19

June 20
Departs: 1:40am
To: BEIJING, CHINA (PEK)
Arrives: 5:20am
Total air time: 12:15

June 21
From: BEIJING, CHINA (PEK)
Departs: 8:20am
To: URUMQI, CHINA (URC)
Arrives: 12:10pm
Total air time: 3:30

8 Comments:

Anonymous Nolan said...

It looks like you've got your work teaching English cut out for you, I think the first lesson should be on the word "minglement."

Whad did you mean by "draw attention to promote the English school?" Sandwich boards? Bullhorn? What kind of marketing did you have in mind?

The pics are great! It certainly looks like a less-crowded city. Keep the blog posts coming!

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