Geoff, Gray and I were literally the only Westerners we saw the whole time. People did stare at us, especially old men and women. When I would catch their eye, I would smile and you know, they always smiled back. A few people would say hello in English, and we would smile and say Nia Hou. One man asked where we were from and welcomed us to China.
The highlight was when Grayson and I decided to ride the swing ride in the park. For 10 Yuan each (about $1.50) we got on one of those swings that circles round and round up high in the air. The woman who helped us on the ride was thrilled that she had two foreigners on her ride and smiled and waved.
We had a great time. I bought Grayson an ice cream for 1 Yuan. It was some sort of green popsicle and it had beans inside. It tasted fine but Grayson, after picking beans out, was frustrated, so we tried again and ended up with a more traditional vanilla ice cream bar covered with chocolate. The sun eventually came out and even though the Chinese are very comfortable in long sleeves and heavy sweaters, Geoff and I were roasting hot. They definitely stared at our bare arms.
On our walk we passed about a dozen KFC franchises, a Wal-mart and a cinema. The city is very chaotic. Crossing streets even with the lights can be dangerous, but it really was just a city filled with people and life and food and loud music and traffic.
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