Archive for June, 2010

The Dragon Boat Fighting Festival

June 17, 2010

Today is the Dragon Boat Festival. Even after five years it’s about as coherent to me as Easter Sunday when Jesus rose from the dead and the Easter Bunny hopped about handing out chocolate eggs to in recognition of this momentous occasion. I think a similar melding of two distinct storylines must have also occurred here, since on this day we are commemorating the poet Qu Yuan, who so loved his country he killed himself by tying a large stone about himself before jumping into a deep lake. Jesus came back, Qu Yuan didn’t.


traffic cones

June 6, 2010

Admittedly, wearing sunglasses and riding your bike in the darkest hour before dawn is not really the smartest thing to do, particularly when weaving along a road that is further obscured by a canopy of trees, branches heavy with leaves, but I could still make out the white lines that marked the edge of the road and that surely counts for something.

misty mountain

June 1, 2010

There’s a quite a good hill around the back of Huazhong University in Wuhan. As far as great climbs go, it probably doesn’t even rank in the top 1000, but it’s got character. Like so many Chinese footpaths and roads, there’s none of this prancing about at the bottom, feeling out the slope by gently traversing its face, coyly suggesting “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours”. Chinese climbs suggest more of a “this is what I got, what you going do about it bitch?” as they head to the top by the shortest possible route.