A visit to a chinese farm


1. Beijing 02.04.08

2. Beijing 03.04.08

3. Beijing 04.04.08

4. Beijing 05.04.08

MAP 1 Beijing-Yingxian

5. Beijing-LouCun 06.04.08

6. Lou Cun-YudouCun 07.04.08

7. YudouCun-Laiyuan 08.04.08

8. Laiyuan-Wangzhuang 09.04.08

9. Wangzhuang-Hunyuan 10.04.08

MAP 2 Yingxian-Taiyuan

10. Hunyuan-Dai Xian 11.04.08

11. Dai Xian-Xinzhou 12.04.08

12. Xinzhou-Taiyuan 13.04.08

MAP 3 Taiyuan-Linfen

13. Taiyuan-Pingyao 14.04.08

14. Pingyao 15.04.08

15. PingyaoHuozhou 16.04.08

16. Houzhou-Xiangfen 17.04.08

17. Xiangfen-Hejin 18.04.08

MAP 4 Linfen-Weinan

18. Hejin-Heyang 19.04.08

19. Heyang-Dali 20.04.08 Heyang-Dali

20. Dali-Xi'an 21.04.08

21. Xi'an 22.04.08

22. Xi'an 23.04.08

23. Xi'an 24.04.08

24. Xi'an 25.04.08

MAP 5 Weinan-Hanzhong

25. Xi'an-Mazhao 26.04.08

26. Mazhao-Yangxian 27.04.08

27. Yangxian-Mian Xian 28.04.08

28. Mian Xian-Ningqiang 29.04.08

29. Ningqiang-Guangyuan 30.04.08

MAP 6 Hanzhong-Mianyang

30. Guangyuan-Jianmen Pass 01.05.08

31. Jianmen Pass-Zitong 02.05.08

32. Zitong-Loujiang 03.05.08

33. Luojiang-Chengdu 04.05.08

34. Chengdu 05.05.08

35. Chengdu 06.05.08

36. Chengdu 07.05.08

37. Chengdu 08.05.08

38. Chengdu 09.05.08

MAP 7 Mianyang-Maoxian

39. Chengdu-Dujiangyan 10.05.08

40. Dujiangyan-Miansi 11.05.08

41. Miansi-Maoxian 12.05.08

42. Maoxian 13.05.08

43. Maoxian 14.05.08

44. Maoxian 15.05.08

45. Maoxian 16.05.08

46. Maoxian 17.05.08

47. Maoxian 18.05.08

48. Maoxian-Chengdu 19.05.08

49. Chengdu-Chongqing 20.05.08

50. Chongqing-Wanzhou 21.05.08

51. Yangtze River 22.05.08

52. Yangtze River-Wuhan 23.05.08

53. Wuhan 24.05.08

54. Beijing 25.05.08

55. Beijing 26.05.08

56. Beijing 27.05.08

57. Beijing 28.05.08

58. Beijing 29.05.08

59. Beijing 30.05.08


English Version 46

Saturday 17.05.08

The day starts with weak quakes. Last night there was a signal on the mobile but even a lot of attempts didn`t bring an6y connection. This morning I suddenly see a girl speaking in her mobile. After a few attempts I get Christian at the embassy, because I want to know more exact about the consul in Sichuan, who might be able to take me out by car. We agree that I stay a few more days and that it`s Chengdu that shall be the destination. I havn`t had breakfast when a representative from the local government arrives telling that I can be taken out by helicopter. I cannot bring my stuff so my first thought is that I`d better wait a few more days to see about the road and maybe the consul. There might also be more important tasks for the helicopter. She`s on her way back again after exchange of telephone numbers but I insist on knowing how to find her again if the telephone doesn`t work. She lives just behind the school!
When we get there I`m convinced I`d NEVER found her if I needed to. It`s on a farm following a narrow path through fields of fruit trees.
For the first time I`m in a Chinese home. And even on a farm. Now you know what follows: I`m offered the best chair, cigarettes and tea, while Sherry, as she wants me to call her, makes breakfast for me. A bowl of scrambled eggs with some kind of onions. We`re sitting in the courtyard. The family is a confusing bunch of people. Father and mother and two daughters of which Sherry is the youngest and the other has at least 3 children and a husband. Besides some uncles and "brothers". The brothers are the uncles (no.2 and no.5) suns. All together around 20. I don`t see them all. The living room with a TV is partly damaged. Some of the roof has come down and a wall is destroyed. The father sleeps there so it was good it didn`t happen at night.

Traditional entrance The farmyard and the entire family - almost


Afterwards we walk to the local authorities, so I know where 5that is too. They thank me for not taking place up in the helicopter. I go back with a police car.
Wanted to wait phoning Denmark till morning there. As a result the mobile net is too crowded, impossible to get through, not even a SMS.
I talk all afternoon with different people, one is an English teacher with whom I`d talked before but who`s a little hard to understand. To one of his questions about what I think of the Chinese government and their handling of this case I can`t help telling me my view on the dead parachute soldier, One soldier sacrificed by the regime to make themselves more visible to the people. I try to explain for a long time. I am VERY clear about what I mean, I think. He doesn`t understand and I can only see it as a missing ability to question the governments aims. HE doesn`t say but one of the students finds that the dead soldier is a hero. That he most likely volunteered doesn`t change matter I think.
Late in the afternoon new supplies are dropped by parachutes. 4 of them fall on school area. 2 on the roofs and the last 2 on the playground where we all live. Luckily no one is hit and I see the use of the generator and the loudspeakers. There are always teachers up on the "stage" where there is a microphone too which now can be used for warning the students.
One of the girls from class 4 has been reunioned with her father. He had gone to Nanxin that morning and she hadn`t heard from him since. Actually he was in Wenchuan when it happened, but he was outside waiting for a bus. Now he`s walked all the way from Wenchuan to Nanxin from where he got by car. He has been just as worried as she. It`s so nice to see them together.
Later I decide that the beer, I should drink once I would come to Chengdu, I`ll share with Xia Wei who I`m beginning regarding as my Chinese "brother".