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My China Trip - Day 18 - Part 1 我的中国之行—第18天-第一部分    

By Barry Pittman
6143 Views | 29 Comments | 7/5/2014 8:10:36 PM
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#2014-07-27 15:34:57 by Barry1 @Barry1

@cathyf2012

"you are full of complain about your negative attitude and opinion about China."

Thank you for your comments, Cathy. You put a smile on my face as I was reading them. No day is ever wasted when one is able to smile, right?

Now let's look at your comments in more detail.

"(The hotel was) Obviously not a particularly high class place"

Yes, I thought being awakened by loud people around three o'clock in the morning was a bit over the top, a little bit unexpected and uncalled for.

"Absolutely bland and tasteless. I may as well have eaten wet cardboard."

Rather than buying something else in the restaurant, I prefer to complain about eating the wet cardboard that they served. It's more fun. :)

"(The Chinese was) Frustrating for me, not understanding what was being said."

I wasn't complaining here, Cathy. I just mentioned that it was frustrating for me, not understanding everything.

"I didn’t really know where I was or how the day was to pan out"

Once again, this was not a complaint. I just described the situation that was to occur, that is, I was going to follow Tina on that day.

“Why don’t they slow down a bit!” --- if you are satisfied something, why you didn't try to talk with driver or Tina?"

I couldn't talk to the driver as he didn't understand English, Cathy. And Tina and I were both holding on tightly to the railings, trying to not fall out of our seats as the bus careened sharply around the corners.

""If one is a public tour guide on a public bus wearing a nice colourful uniform, shouldn’t one expect that people may wish to take a photo?" Everyone has her(his) own personality. It's better to try to understand local culture and local people."

Yes, but a tour guide works for a tour company. If they are wearing a nice, colourful costume, it should be reasonably expected that tourists may wish to take a photo of them. The tour guides all should be told this, I would have thought? If they have a private personality and don't like to be looked at or have photos taken, then they should perhaps consider getting another job.

"I am sure if is this first time for you to be in China."

Actually this is China trip number three for me, Cathy.

"I think you sound have a lot of hatred in your this trip in China."

Thank you for your opinion, Cathy. Please keep reading my articles. Your comments upon them are welcome, both good and bad. Hopefully in the the future I may convince you that I in fact like China and Chinese people.

Whatever happens though, thanks for taking the time to comment so comprehensively upon what I wrote and best wishes to you. :)

#2014-07-27 15:44:41 by Barry1 @Barry1

@anonymous11222

"How can you say such things about Barry?"

Thanks for your comments but Cathy simply spoke her mind. I don't think she did this in a rude way nor maliciously.

Some of what I said in my article could be construed as complaints, but in actuality, they were merely comments or observations about what was occurring around me.

For example, the tour bus driver who drove like a maniac. Or the tour guide wearing a nice colorful uniform who didn't like her photo being taken. So on and so forth.

Cathy's comments were thus appreciated, as were yours I hope both you and she will continue to zealously hold me to account, for any further confusion or cultural misunderstandings - no matter how insignificant - that may or may not occur in future articles that I'm bold (or silly?) enough to submit here. (wasntme)

#2014-07-28 06:20:17 by cathyf2012 @cathyf2012

@anonymous11222
I am talking the fact. All the words from his article. We are better to learn and understand local culture. Especially he is look for a Chinese lady. I think if he complain Chinese culture, it would bring a lot problem in the future life.

Also if you are going talk with someone, it's better not to be a anonymous.

#2014-07-29 12:01:38 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

"Absolutely bland and tasteless. I may as well have eaten wet cardboard."

"Rather than buying something else in the restaurant, I prefer to complain about eating the wet cardboard that they served. It's more fun."

@Barry1 - maybe it's just my state of fatigue, but I burst out laughing when I read this. It maybe one of the funniest comebacks I've every seen. Thanks for a fun moment. (clap)

#2014-07-29 17:17:06 by Barry1 @Barry1

@cathyf2012

"I think if he complain Chinese culture, it would bring a lot problem in the future life"

I hope you realise that the only genuine complaint in my article Cathy, was re the food that tasted like wet cardboard. I'm sure you'd complain also, if you went to a Western country and tried to eat food that you didn't like. Let's be fair here. Reasonable. Saying something like this doesn't mean that I "hate" China or Chinese culture.

I still believe also that the tour guide who didn't like anyone taking her photo was a surprise. This is part of a tour guide's normal duties, surely? If she didn't like this though, maybe she should get another job.

You said also,

"if you are going talk with someone, it's better not to be a anonymous."

Yes, I agree, Cathy.

I hope one day our friend @anonymous11222 will emerge from the closet and identify himself. Though he said he doesn't want the ladies here to know who he is, when he speaks here. My response to this is - why not, sir? If you write with an open mind and a good heart, then there's no need to hide, I believe.

#2014-07-29 17:20:08 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot

"It may be one of the funniest comebacks I've ever seen. Thanks for a fun moment."

My pleasure for this, John.

I only hope @cathyf2012 realises it was a joke and I wasn't disparaging China or Chinese culture by saying it. (giggle)

#2014-07-30 13:25:01 by Belle77 @Belle77

@cathyf2012

I agree with what you said
When i was traveling, i prefer to stay in expensive hotels and eat in expensive restaurants, cause traveling for me is to relax and to enjoy myself

Once I was with a group of friends traveling from south to north by cars, in Zhangjiajie we were looking for hotels to stay, me and another two friends wanted to stay in a four stars hotel, cause it is safer, but the head of our group insisted to stay in a cheap hotel, cause he is the head, so we finally followed him, men stayed in the first two rooms and we girls stayed in another room, that night, the men in one room was robbed, so the next day, we all moved to the four star hotel without any arguments

#2014-07-30 13:29:05 by Belle77 @Belle77


oh Barry, the tour guide does have the right to refuse to be taken picture by someone
Maybe this is the cultural difference?

#2014-07-31 22:50:00 by Barry1 @Barry1

@Belle77

"the tour guide does have the right to refuse to be taken picture by someone"

Really? I didn't know this, Belle. I thought it would be part of a tour guide's normal job description, to expect tourists to take photos, especially if you were wearing a nice, colourful uniform?

Thanks for sharing this information, Belle77. It looks like Cathy was correct in this area. (sun)

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