Off to China
Trip Start Jul 20, 2004
207Trip End Jul 20, 2014
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The next day, I phoned the airport and I was told that my luggage has not been found yet and they would contact me as soon as they have it. So, I resigned myself to exploring some green parts of Hong Kong and went to Lamma Island. It was a welcome sight from the hustle and bustle of the city. I would have liked to go up to Victoria Peak but it was overcast and foggy so I opted for strolling around the island. I enjoyed the hike to the wind mill and following a hiking path through the hills. Sol Kwu Wan is famous for its sea food restaurants, but I decided to wait until I get to Central. I got back around 5 and went to the hostel to inquire about my bag. It had arrived and i was to pick it up before 11PM (yes I had to pick it up since I used a budget airline). Hurray!! I booked my bus ticket to Dongguan through CTS Hong Kong and went to the airport to pick up my bag.
The next morning, I left for China, a vast country with over 1.3 billion people. Here are some facts about China:
China is the most populous country on earth, with over 1.3 billion citizens. This is over 1/5 of the worlds total population. Due to China's family planning policies, the natural population growth has been declining. At the end of 2003, the Natural Birth rate was 6.01 per thousand for the total population
Ethnic Groups Spoken and Written Language
China has a stunning amount of different ethnic groups with independent dialects and written languages. Some ethnic groups number in the millions (the Han number 1.2 billion), while many, such as the Orogen and Yugar comprise just a few thousand individuals.
The complete list of China's ethnic groups with written and spoken languages, listed largest to smallest, is as follows:
The Han, Mongolian, Hui, Tibetan, Uygur, Miao, Yi,
Zhuang, Bouyei, Korean, Manchu, Dong, Yao, Bai,
Tujia, Hani, Kazak, Dai, Li, Lisu, Va,
She, Gaoshan, Lahu, Shui, Dongxiang, Jingpo, Blang,
Kirgiz, Tu, Daur, Mulam, Qiang, Salar, Tajik,
Maonan, Gelao, Xibe, Achang, Pumi, Nu, Ozbek,
Russian, Ewenki, Naxi, Bonan, De'ang, Yugur, Tatar,
Lhoba, Jino, Derung, Oroqen, Hezhen, Moinba, and Gin
Although most of the ethnicities can be seen as ethnic groups, the correspondence is not one to one
While Han Chinese make up the vast majority of China's total population, the population distribution is highly uneven with large parts of western China having Han Chinese as a minority. In addition the lumping of most Chinese into the majority Han obscures some of the large linguistic, cultural, and racial differences between persons within that group.
The multi-ethnic nature of China results in part by territories incorporated by the Qing dynasty, whose emperors were themselves Manchu and not members of the majority Han. Chinese ethnicities theory is heavily influenced by that of the Soviet Union. Official policy claims to be against assimilation and maintains that each ethnic group should have the right to develop its own culture and language.
The degree of integration of minority ethnic groups with the national community varies widely from group to group. With some groups, such as the Tibetans and the Uyghurs there is a great deal of resentment against the majority. Other groups such as the Zhuang, Hui Chinese, and ethnic Koreans are well integrated into the national community.
My first stop in mainland China was Dongguan where Jeff was waiting patiently at the Silverland hotel (the bus was an hour late). We went to his apartment in town and then off to find money and food