June 21: Ever wonder who writes the instructions for your electronic devices? Check out these fire safety instructions on the door of a recent hotel.
“Please don’t worry if a fire is occurring. Our hotel have owned superior facilities to ensure your transmitted to safety. Please follow the direction route to the information corridor and the safeguards will take you out to the safe belts. Point profess your location.”
This door sign is accompanied by two ‘safeguards’ shown here.
We have really been welcomed by people everywhere. I don’t know what I expected, but I did expect the Chinese to be more reserved, maybe even suspicious of us and our activity. I am coming away with a different opinion. They are very curious about our cars and us as Americans driving through their country. Ed was told by one young woman, traveling with her parents, that he is a good example for the older people in China. That life can still be an adventure.
We don’t see old cars in China. We were told by an American, Chuck Brown from Kernersville, NC who has lived in Beijing for the last 9 years, that cars have an “end of life” when you buy one.
I forgot to ask him how long is the life of a car, but he did say busses have 10 years. From the trucks we’ve seen, I don’t think that law affect them but maybe it is just the overloading and long-hauls.
Everywhere we stop, including for gas, we have new friends wanting photos with us. It is never-ending, without common language, we smile, shake hands and use lots of gesturing.
The message is clear, they are glad to have us here. The language is so different that it is even difficult to read the body language or voice inflection, but being pulled to the car for a photo is clear!
Today we elected not to tour Urumqi, and stayed behind to take off the oil-bath air cleaner and check it. I washed off the Gobi dust and dirt from the past two days while Ed managed the engine. Even in the depths of the hotel garage, we managed to collect various (hotel employees?) people watching and even holding the flashlight for Ed. Then it got more interesting. While having lunch-again in the hotel, we were approached by one of the young men who had been in the parking garage who asked in English if his girlfriend, a reporter for the Urumqi newspaper, could interview us. His English was not good enough, so the hotel manager served as translator. We have no idea what the article really will say since there was a lot of conversation that did not get translated. So if anyone following the blog, reads Chinese, we’d be happy to have a translation of the article. The lovely young reporter gave us her card, and respecting the Chinese tradition of exchanging business cards(with two hands) we gave her one with the photo of Stewball. Since her’s is in Chinese, we don’t even know if she really is a reporter! Picture taking followed, but I didn’t have my camera this time.
Tomorrow is a short run only 171 miles so we will not depart until 10:00 am. Tonight is a dinner with Uighur folk dancing. I am sure that will produce photos.