Sunday, July 01, 2007

10th Anniversary of Hong Kong's Return

Yesterday China celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Hong Kong's return to return from the British. This entailed a weekend long series of news covering how Hong Kong has evolved over the last ten years. The TV also covered countless interviews and speeches, many of them given by the President of China, covering how wonderful it is that Hong Kong is part of China.

So, what has the last ten years brought China. All I can tell is that it has brought the right to say that Hong Kong is part of China and not part of Britain. Oh, and it has created a day long holiday that some how stretches into two days of non-stop propaganda on TV. I can't tell how anyone in my town was affected by this event. Most Chinese can not visit Hong Kong, since you must obtain a visa to cross the border and their is a yearly restriction on how many are issues. I am sure I am missing something, but this is what it looks like form the outsider's view point. Most of you probably didn't know that this holiday was being celebrated or even existed. I sure didn't. Instead you might have noticed that July 1st is Canada Day, by looking at your calender. Don't worry, you didn't miss anything!

The past weekend's events...
On Friday I headed into Shanghai for a night of Karaoke with Shaun and some other people that we have met during our time in China. For three hours we sang in a room with nice couches, a huge TV, and interesting selection of English songs. It was a lot of fun. Don't worry, I won't be dragging anyone out to the karaoke bars upon my return, but if I end up in one I won't mind getting up there and singing a tune.

Saturday I headed home and went to a friend's housewarming BBQ. It was a very clear day and not to hot, so sitting on the roof top, eating burgers, and looking out at one of the hills surrounding Wuxi was awesome. Also, the host has a great selection of music, which I was delighted to run across.

I made it an early night and proceeded to do nothing on Sunday. This was a rarity for me, but I needed to chill our from all my recent travels and re-group. Tomorrow I am headed out for four days in Shanghai for a sign convention. I will try to "brighten" someones day with Colite's patented LED signs. OK, bad sign joke:)

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