|Tomorrow Square building|
|The god awful pollution|
In the People's Square there are quite few sculptures - one of Mao (I presume) and a huge bronze sculpture of the 'Good Eighth Company on Nanjing Road' The army is depicted doing all the good things that communist armies do - help tend the fields, build roads, repair shoes, help old men and women with babies cross the road and also carry lots of guns. The description beside the sculpture also describes their 'perservering resistance and defiance of the corrosive influence of corrupt and decadent ideas'. The sculpture is mighty impressive nonetheless.
|The 'Good Eighth Company on Nanjing Road'|
At lunchtime we were taken out by our Chinese hosts to a restaurant where we were treated to some proper Chinese cuisine. None of your english MSG, prawn cracker, egg fried rice nonsense here though - lots of soups, lots of chilli and not a noodle or rice grain in site. I tried not to make a fool of myself by using chopsticks, but they took pity on me after I dropped hoy sin pork all down my shirt and a knife and fork turned up. Spot the tourist...(at least I tried!!).
Most important discovery of the day however, is that I am unable to use urinals in China. Even the highest appliance seems to be designed for my someone of my four-year-old's height and the potential for splashback is to severe for even me to attempt!
On that bombshell, I am off to bed, more later when I do some more exploring...