I am heading to Beijing to meet some VC people who's interested in doing e-businesses in China. It was sort of a last minute decision yet I am pretty excited about it. I am going to stay for the whole week and also look forward to meeting lots of old friends.
My Mandarin is considered very "Beijing". My father, a Shan-Xi native, lived in Beijing while he's 4th or 5th grade during the civil war. He sometimes remains talking in Beijing accent. Me too. We still have relatives there who were not able to join the 1949 great migration to Taiwan. Everytime I visit in Beijing I'd catch up with them and perhaps eat couple kgs of dumplings together.
I also look forward to visiting the Great Wall...Hotel, which I stayed there while I was in the first Taiwan student delegation to China back in early 1992. That's 6 or 7 years after George Michael / Wham performed "Wake me up before your Go Go" in Beijing. We were invited to visit Beijing U, TsingHwa U, playing (friendship) basketball with the school teams and got our ass kicked badly. I also remember standing in the middle of Tiananmen Square, wearing a heavy Chinese army jacket, with police surrounding me, and tried to figure out what I had missed and I could do for them.
It's like, although not as that big, Sir Paul McCartney sang "Back in USSR" in Red Square of Moscow :-P
The tour guide whispered, "don't let Chiang Kai-Shek and his sons fooled you, u still think that you guys can get China back?"
These feelings are certainly gone, China is arising and stronger than ever. Sadly, 14 years after my firsit visit, there's still no direct flights across the strait. I need to get this post done while transit in HK airport, as Typepad gets blocked from time to time in China. There's definitely plenty of room for improvement on freedom of speech, but I never like the term "Great Firewall" . I can hardly accept this kind of humor or what ever it is determined in the value western democracy.
I think I write too much. Hello Beijing! 好久不見 (long time no see). 吃飯沒 (did u eat yet)?