on October 19, 2000
China is like no other place. While most people are quite friendly there is a serious language barrier and their customs often are very different from ours. For example, when we visited a school and the students performed for us, we were warned not to give any gifts to the children, but we could give them to the teacher for distribution. The streets are enormously crowded and there is much shoving and pushing. There is a special currency for foreigners and it is highly desired by the natives.
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