On this date one year ago I was almost finished with my hospital observation time in China. As I mentioned in my previous newsletter, I was spending my time in Sichuan province. I was in the province’s main city of Chengdu that is a city of 13 million people. Chengdu is said to be similar to Portland because of the cloudy, wet weather and the laid-back attitude.
I really have no idea how such a giant city can be laid-back except 13 million is really not that big for China. The airport appeared to be not so interested in a tight schedule because on leaving Chengdu the flight to Beijing was delayed.
At the Beijing airport, a number of the other airline passengers who were on my late flight from Chengdu to Beijing were impatient and emotional. They demanded the airline to fly them to the United States the next morning on a different airline.
I was not so decisive because the opportunity for a two-day layover in Beijing was presented to me many times by the travel agent when I was planning my trip. I refused multiple times but here I was with the opportunity at the final part of my trip. In my other international travels, I had not previously been offered this extra travel time. I really chalk it up to things being unimaginably different in China and likewise the Chinese must think things are totally opposite and different in the USA.
Not being able to speak up for myself in Chinese, I was going along with the urgent group until one of the other passengers mentioned to me he would help me communicate so I could stay the extra time in Beijing.
By good fortune this passenger was also interested in seeing some major sites of his country's capitol before going back to his job at Microsoft in Washington state. Additionally, it turned out that he had left his camera with his wife (who was staying for an extended time with their new baby) in Chengdu. The next day the two of us went to the Forbidden City together and I was able to capture his tourist moments with my camera. He also asked me a lot of questions about Chinese medicine.
It can really help have someone speak up and offer something that will turn out to be a positive and enriching experience for both people.
One year after the invitation to see Beijing, I'm offering some tips about how you can enrich your experience with Chinese medicine and your friends, coworkers and family. If you offer something from the list below to someone you know, you could very well be giving them something they've been looking for but hadn't yet been able to do.
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