We were working with a factory in Yinan Goffa. Our driver had just picked us up at our hotel… which was an interesting experience in and of itself because this farm area was just starting to be developed. The hotel gave the appearance of being a “fancy spa hotel” but it was still not quite there. The building seemed grand, but it lacked certain amenities. For example, we were given a key card for our room, which gave the appearance of modern. But, as it turned out, everyone received the exact same coded key card… which we found out when a group of not-so-sober Chinese men came into our room late at night! And we were only given one very small toilet paper roll, the “paper” being more plastic than paper. I’m not complaining, we had our own tissue and at least the room had a real toilet and not the squatty kind. and, there was not enough water for two showers. Which we figured out too late… Lupe finished washing her hair with bottled water! Before our English speaking person left the room, we asked her to wait to see if the Internet was working. It wasn’t. So she called the front desk and I can only assume the entire staff showed up in our room. It gave a whole new meaning to the words, “Chinese Fire Drill.” And it still didn’t work. Anyway, lots of laughs.
So, we left our “world class” hotel and immediately came across a road block. The local residents were sorting peanuts in the road! I took the opportunity to jump out of the mini-van to take some photos. This was with my old Sony camera (of which I can’t even remember the model nor number of pixels).
I wonder if this farming village still exists. The last time I went back to this area was in the Spring of 2008 and by this time a small city had blossomed near where this factory is… I know there is still a lot of farming and rural life in China, but I suspect its been edged out of this place.
I still enjoy looking at the details in the photos.