Despite my best efforts, it seems almost impossible to find out what my options are for housing on campus while most people are on vacation during the summer holiday. Since progress is at a standstill, I’m going to cool off and enjoy some dark German beer in Shanghai with my Swabian friend. In the meantime, here are some random observations from around Nanchang:
- As my bus stopped near Nanchang’s Galactic Peace International Hotel I watched a bus driver accidentally close the doors on a very pregnant woman and I was reminded to write about how many babies there are in Nanchang. Every sidewalk, store, restaurant, bus, park, street, and fish pond in the city seems to be crawling with kids leading their patient parents or grandparents around. I think Nanchang is an especially good place to visit with children because it seems like restaurant workers are always playing with half-naked babies. Many of the children belong to workers and I’ve seen kids reporting to working parents at grocery stores and even the internet bar I’m at now.
- The rice in Nanchang is very different from that in the north of China and is very similar to that in Thailand. The food is not as spicy as what I imagine from Sichuan cuisine, but uses a lot of strong pepper to flavour most dishes if not actually using hot-peppers (la jiao 辣椒). Fried rice or mien (noodles) are not as heavily fried, and portions seem a tad smaller. One restaurant made me pay RMB$0.50 for package of napkins, but most restaurants provide a standar roll of cheap tissue in a bland-looking container on the table.
- There’s a commercial for the “Nanchang Modern Reproduction Hospital” that plays on the TV’s on city busses. It starts out with the newly married couple running together in blissful love. Fast forward a bit to the future and it seems they face a problem, but they’re not worried because they know the solution. The next scene is the wife, looking quite attractive for the equally attractive team of medical professionals sitting around her. She looks happy, like she just had a little massage. When she leaves the care of these happy workers her husband stands up from the waiting room where he looks like he’s comfortably watching TV without worry. That’s where they reunite with the vigiour and passion of their honeymoon.
- I get a laugh everytime I see an advertisement for the “Galactic Peace International Hotel”.
- I wanted to write something about walking through crowds, but Imagethief’s story of “Escalation” is so funny that I suggest you read it too.
- Sound measurement, which I first saw in Shanghai, is also done in Nanchang at 8-1 Square (八一广场) and the Tengwang Pavilion. Even the beautiful and peacful pavilion is subject to hitting 80 dB.