This is the second letter that I sent to family and friends back in the states when I lived in China.
(approximate date written: February 2007 ~ 7 years ago)
Another update on my life in China….
Work is going well. This past week I trained the door girls and guest relations officers on new procedures for guest arrival. Mainly the objective is to help them with their English. They teach me Mandarin, and my vocabulary is growing, slowly but surely. Today I told a gentleman (in Mandarin) to have a nice day as he was leaving, and he smiled at me and said something back. I asked my friend Jessica what he had said and she told me he thought I spoke Mandarin very well. If he only knew….
Saturday afternoon I went to La0 Jian, a major shopping district in Shenzhen, with my friend Jane from work. We rode the subway there, and it was much cleaner than any of the subways that I have been on in America. The shopping district was absolutely crazy. I have never seen so many people in my entire life.
Lao Jian Shopping District
Our showers are in the bathroom (duh), but they are not the typical shower. There are no shower walls or curtains or anything. The shower head is hooked to the wall and you take a shower right in the middle of the bathroom.
All of the Chinese people who work at the hotel have an English name that they use at work. There are some really interesting names that people have chosen to go by: Elvis, Echo, Snow, John Wayne (he also answers to ‘the Duke’), Sweetie, Pepsi (who chose that name because she is ‘sparkly and bubbly’)….
Pepsi (she IS sparkly and bubbly!) became a good friend to Amy and me.
Riding in a car in Shenzhen is seriously the most terrifying experience of my entire life. Lane lines are merely suggestions.
I feel really tall here. When wearing heels, I am taller than a lot of the men.
Shenzhen has a population of around 10 million. It is a very new city and not a good representation (so I’ve been told) of what China is like. Twenty five years ago, Shenzhen was a small farming community.
View from the top of the tallest building in Shenzhen
The hotel and my apartment are located in a section of Shenzhen called OCT (Overseas ChineseTown). OCT is a major company which owns the entire district, including the hotel and my apartment complex. They are my employer. InterContinental Hotels Group manages the property.
A distant view of the hotel I worked at (the ship in front was a bar that did not fully open until 2008 – hence the construction and scaffolding)
My new favorite thing about China is how cheap massages are. Yesterday, I got a foot massage for an hour and a regular massage for an hour for 76 RMB, which is the equivalent of less than $10 USD. Needless to say, that’s going to become a weekly thing.
Until next time!
It’s fun for me to look back at these letters and pictures; it brings back a lot of good memories.
Do you enjoy looking back on old letters or journals that you wrote years ago?