LOG IN HERE
Username
Password

arrow Register here

Forgotten password?

Full Circle

Day 72: Guiyang to Nanning

Guiyang, China 
click to enlarge 
file size
'Sooner or later the revolution will take place and will inevitably triumph.' With Mao and his thoughts in Guiyang.
Michael Palin - Full CircleJohn pours me a local Wanshi beer. 'In China the food is very important. Especially for peasants, you know. If they can eat well it means they have a really good life. I think that's their thinking.'

John, who's particularly partial to a bit of stomach, admits that the Chinese will eat most things if they're cooked properly.

'Rat?'

He nods emphatically.

'Oh yes, mountain rat. A delicacy.'

When I ask how mountain rat is cooked he has to consult fellow diners. The consensus seems to be that braised rat is best.

I talk to John of what I've seen in China and the sense I feel of tremendous national resurgence. He cautions against thinking that society has changed much. Overseas travel is still the privilege of a tiny minority and the old communist 'unit' is very much alive and well as the basis of social organization. Everyone in China is expected to belong to a social unit, and to report to that unit regularly.

As we turn in for bed we are flung round steep curves at a heart-stopping pace, only to jerk suddenly to a screeching halt. Not a peaceful night as we are hauled over the mountains from Guizhou into Guangxi Province.
Choose another day from Full Circle

PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Full Circle
  • Day: 72
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Guiyang
  • Book page no: 106

Bookmarks will keep your place in one or more series. But you'll need to register and/or log in.

RELATED LINKS


RELATED PHOTOS

ROUTE MAPS