Jiajia and I headed for Guangzhou today, China's third largest city with a population of some 13 million. Ava visits the city once a month (a 2 hour bus ride each way from Shenzhen) as there are markets there which offer different clothes to her regular Shenzhen haunts. It's a long and tiring day, for Jiajia doing the business and for me sitting and waiting for it all to be done! But two things struck me during our day in Guangzhou. Firstly, about half the people shopping in the clothes markets were foreigners, and most of those were African. There's money being made there somehow. Secondly, the most popular flag design on clothes is neither Chinese nor American. You actually see more clothes decorated with the British flag than all the other flags of the world put together. I think it's more to do with the colourful and unique design than any affinity with the country but, while the Chinese have a love-hate relationship with America (and, indeed, their own country), they happily seem to have forgotten the dire things the Brits have done to them in the past, and consider us as a proud, inventive and gentle people. Little do they know!
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