Even when I’m doing the documentary around all railway stations across China, I return home pretty much every night. However, tonight, the journey my end is accompanied by a fair bit of video gear, plus microphones (which I don’t use except for doing livecasts), and the sound of a train happily chugging away to Southern Central China. That’s right: I’m off to visit around 20 stations — and the journey will start off from Changsha, where I’ll also get to visit Changsha’s newest railway station, Changsha West. (Tracy is off to a culture programme, which is why for the next two weeks, we’ll be in different parts of the country.)
The trip my end will be semi-live in the form of tweets, the occasional Periscope livestreaming session, and a fair bit more. ▶
I have to say — I have always been in full support of cosmopolitan lifestyles — and I love and totally treasure diversity, everything multicultural, and getting around different cities and countries. So I was kind of disappointed when I arrived in Nanning, capital of China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and did not see the Zhuang name of the city — Namzningz — at the main station.
Oh well. But I did enjoy the city itself.
The city of Nanning is in a bit of dead heat with its northernly “green neighbour”, Zhengzhou, as to who is China’s real “green city”. I have to say the former takes the lead right now — its showcase Avenue of the Ethnic Groups (Minzcuz Dadau / Minzu Dadao, 民族大道), full of “tropical vegetation”, is probably the nicest avenue (even if it’s just a “for-show” one) I have seen in many a Chinese provincial capital. ▶