I promised you earlier to write a post about the Luojia mountain, which is a prominent landmark of the university. I’ve been making excursions to my “back garden”. The temperature is at about 22’C right now and I’m starting to prepare for the scenario “Finnish woman boiling to death in scalding-hot Chinese Yangtze inferno” or “Watch now! Finnish woman ripping off two layers of sunburnt skin after going out to retrieve mail in China”. 😀 Wuhan is one of the “three furnaces” of China situated in the Yangtze river valley, the others being Chongqing and Nanjing. The latitude is the same as that of Rabat, Morocco. The vegetation zone is subtropical. In the summer months, the temperatures can rise up to 40’C. It is compulsory to have an air conditioner in every room.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves again. In the pictures, you can’t see any people, but there are always some (not masses, though). I’ve made some discoveries about the culture again as well:

  1. Chinese families always take the time to do fun stuff together during the day. I always see several families playing badminton in the streets during their lunch break. Others (adults) wander around flying kites with their children. Afterwards they return to work for a few hours. This would be a much needed practice in Europe, where children too often are accompanied by an electronic nanny in the form of television or iGadgets while their parents are doing their best to work hard (read: give the impression of being productive).
  2. Old Chinese people are in good shape. I have seen several 80+ -year-old men jogging around the mountain with Sennheisers blasting. Another old man was stretching his foot on the siderail over his head like a ballerina. I would have taken a picture, but I felt it could be kind of rude to photograph someone in the midst of their training session.

It certainly raises one’s exploring/wandering/running motivation nicely when one’s back garden looks like this.


PS. You did check out the latitude thing, didn’t you! 😀