Monday, September 29, 2008

Our First "Treatment"

Remember my foreign expert card? This is the credential that promises me access to all of the "conveniences and treatments for foreign experts provided by the government of the People's Republic of China." Well, the other night, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs made good on its promise.

It was definitely a "treatment." (Not very convenient, though, as you'll see.) The four of us were invited to a concert by the China Philharmonic. The occasion? A celebration of National Day. (What, you didn't know the People's Republic was founded on October 1? You knew the year, though...right?)

We met up with a bunch of other foreign experts from Peking University. (Desi talked with a nice woman who is teaching English.) The school's luxury bus had a seemingly simple mission...get us over to Century Theater in an hour and a half. This concert hall is not that much farther than Julie and Z's school. Plus, it was Sunday evening. (Oops...falling into Western thinking again. Haven't we told you that there really is no sense of weekend here. I mean in the sense of noticeable differences in traffic patterns and flows of people. All the days kinda just lump together.)

Well, there we were, an hour and half later, basically sprinting to our seats to make it in time for the beginning of the performance. As for the concert itself...very nice. We left wondering if China has any better to offer. (A similar feeling to when we left the Shanghai Museum. Is this really the best?)

Hopefully, we will get to find out...when those other treatments (hopefully, this time with conveniences attached) come rolling in...

~Steve

PS: 1949.

1 Comments:

At 12:14 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Here's a quick follow up. The media has reported that "Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has vowed to provide foreign experts serving in China with better working and living conditions." This remark was made yesterday in the Great Hall of People, where Wen met with 50 foreign experts who were given the "Friendship Award of the Year" in honor of their "outstanding contributions to China's economic construction and social development." Now there's an award to shoot for...

Steve

 

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