If you haven't been there, what do you imagine when you picture walking the streets of China? If you asked the American public they would probably either have no idea or answer some stereotypical anti-Chinese Sinophobic answer. That isn't to say the country and government aren't without there problems, but loath as many people are to admit, neither is the United States.
I'm not here to get into any of that kind of discussion though. What I want to do is hopefully show you want it's actually like for the people living there. What the streets and cities are actually like.
This week we have five videos from Walk East from Fuzhou, across the way from Taiwan, Chengdu, Tongren, Changsha, and Yongzhou. All of which are mapped above. It's a good spread across the country in places most people here in the US probably haven't heard of.
That's wild, by the way. Most folks can list off a ton of North American and European cities that are small compared to those in Asia. New York City has a population of 8 million people. Chengdu? 16 million. Fouzou? 7.5 million. Changsha? 8 million.
Personally, I think we all have a responsibility to be as well educated as possible about other countries. I've only left the States a handful of times and two of those trips radically changed how I thought about thinks in this country. If they can afford it, I always encourage folks to travel internationally at some point. It really does change your point of view.
Have a good week!
The 'Fuzhou forest walkway', commonly known as 'fudao', is a steel pedestrian route that covers about 19 kilometers (12 miles) along its winding path. conceived as an urban connector, 'fudao' links two bodies of water, while providing public access to the hills outside of Fuzhou's city center.
You can't find anything more authentic/dì dào than the Liuzi Temple in Lingling. Down a "hùtong" alley in the southern portion of the city, this temple incorporates traditional Chinese architecture and layout, across the river from similarly ancient buildings.