People who have known me for a few years in Taiwan will have no doubt recognized a common theme. I was going to visit mainland China last summer, but I just didn’t get the chance. I hope I can make it this next time. I must have said those two sentences once or twice a month for the last three years! In 2003, I couldn’t go because of SARS. In 2004, I was broke and looking for a job. Last year, I left Modawei and came to Ron’s school. At the time, I was pretty busy moving, etc…, so I didn’t have the chance to go then, either.

This summer will be different, though. Despite my overwhelming desire to save money, I’ve already booked tickets and I’m going no matter what. I’ll arrive in Shanghai on Sunday night, July second, spend about a week there head up to Beijing for a few days, and then come back to Taiwan on Saturday the fifteenth. To help me out of my Taiwan-induced bourgeois wimpiness, I think I’ll take the train from Shanghai to Beijing… maybe the hard sleeper. I’ll definitely be meeting up with John, and hopefully some other people, too. If you live in either of those two cities and want to meet up, or have any suggestions of places I “must see”, please let me know. This is going to be awesome to finally have a chance to see the mainland! I’m psyched! I’m already practicing my 捲舌 and checking out online China guides.