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When I first arrived in China I was taken to a orientation week.  We were asked what things had most surprised us in the first few days of being here.  It was an easy question for me.  What surprised me most was the way that lots of things looked just how you thought they would do in the countryside.  Does that sound odd?  Probably.  But what I mean is that people wear typical Chinese hats, they carry around lots of things on bamboo poles, they have water buffalo in their paddy fields (although I haven't been able to get a photo of this yet.)  

Now, my students wouldn't be seen dead in anything so traditional and in the city there is a lot that has nothing to do with traditional culture.  However, if you look around for it there is a lot to see and a lot of things are done very differently to the way things are done at home.

Below are a few of the things I've been experiencing here.  Some of them traditional - some of them not quite so traditional.

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You can also find out some very interesting things written by my friend Jon who has been in Wuhan for two and a half years on his website here.  Particularly interesting is the account of the time that SARS was suddenly taken seriously and what huge efforts were swung into action to deal with it.

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