Ken Lee - South China by bicycle, Fall, 1999 - page 2

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We met in Hong Kong, one of the most modern, and crowded, cities in the world.  Typhoon Cam hit during our first day in Hong Kong.  Fortunately, this was our only serious rain during the trip.
We spent two nights in Zhaoqing, a large city near Canton.  From there, we rode up Mt. Dinghu to the Qingyun Temple.  This monastery was originally built during the Ming Dynasty.  It is still a popular pilgrimage site for Buddhists from inside and outside China.
We visited this kindergarten in Zhaoqing.  The children were very well behaved.  Because of China's one-child policy, education is important to both parents and the government. 
Even in poor rural areas, we saw large, modern public school buildings.  These kids are bicycling home for lunch.  That's our guide Dong on the right.

All of the towns along our route had electricity; mostly installed within the last 10 years.  There is alot of road construction underway, but many roads in rural areas are still dirt.

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