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1. Chengdu 12.04.10

2. Chengdu 13.04.10

3. Chengdu 14.04.10

4. Chengdu - Maoxian 15.04.10

5. Maoxian 16.04.10

6. Maoxian 17.04.10

7. Maoxian-Chengdu 18.04.10

8. Chengdu 19.04.10

9. Chengdu 20.04.10

10.Chengdu 21.04.10

11.Chengdu - Kunming 22.04.10

12.Kunming 23.04.10

13.Kunming 24.04.10

14.Kunming (Shilin) 25.04.10

15.Kunming 26.04.10

16.Kunming - Dali 27.04.10

17. Dali 28.04.10

18. Dali-Lijiang 29.04.10

19. Lijiang 30.04.10

20. Lijiang-Tiger Leaping Gorge 01.05.10

21. Tiger Leaping Gorge - Lijiang 02.05.10

22. Lijiang-Kunming 03.05.10

23. Kunming 04.05.10

24. Kunming (West Lake Mountain) 05.05.10

25. Kunming 06.05.10

26. Chengdu 07.05.10

27. Chengdu (Airport) 08.05.10

28. Chengdu (Dujiangyan) 09.05.10

29. Chengdu (Cykelværktøj) 10.05.10

30. Chengdu - Jiuzhaigou 11.05.10

31. Jiuzhaigou 12.05.10

32. Jiuzhaigou-Songpan 13.05.10

33. Songpan-Maoxian 14.05.10

34. Maoxian 15.05.10

35. Maoxian 16.05.10

36. Maoxian (Rådhuset) 17.05.10

37. Maoxian - Chengdu 18.05.10

38. Chengdu 19.05.10

39. Chengdu-Guangyuan 20.05.10

40. Guanggyuan-Xi'an 21.05.10

41. Xi'an 22.05.10

42. Xi'an (Moskeen) 23.05.10

43. Xi'an 24.05.10

44. Xi'an - Chongqing 25.05.10

45. Chongqing 26.05.10

46. Chongqing 27.05.10

47. Chongqing-Chengdu 28.05.10

48. Chengdu-Shifang 29.05.10

49. Shifang-Anchang 30.05.10

50. Anchang-Deyang 31.05.10

51. Deyang-Chengdu 01.06.10

52. Chengdu 02.06.10

53. Chengdu - CPH 03.06.10



Letter 34


Saturday 15.05.10
It`s nice to be back in Maoxian. Next to Mix Hostel this is my home in China.
I have a feeling like disasters follow me here. When I returned there was a new earthquake and now the english teachers youngest is in hospital again and his wife has gone to Chengdu. It`s my third visit here and she`s been gone every time.
After messages one way and the other we agree to meet at the gate like last time. So in the evening I spend my time there while his oldest daughter practises on the piano. This time it`s "Frolicher Landmann", that I also played as a child. The world can be small - in spite of it`s size.
I take a walk to the center and that`s quite far, because the northern bridge has been removed recently, in fact it was already decided it should be rebuildt before the earthquake. But it doesn`t make things easier for people. So now I have to walk all the way south to the footpath bridge and then all the way north to the center, it`s at least 2,5 km. I don`t find a bigger supermarket, so I have to do with the Wu Market, but they have green tea and I buy one of the noddle boxes you just have to pour hot water over now I have an electrical kettle.
When I return home I find out, that there is one picture more on the box. It resembles a chili surrounded by flames. Hot stuff! But as all except the noodles are in small bags inside, I mix my own not too spicy sauce.
Afterwards I walk to find the place where I stayed the first night after the quake two years ago.

The road towards Songpan   Big posters tell about the future


I can hardly recognize it. A wall has been built facing the street. And the vegetation inside has been changed. But the house against the mountainside opposite is still there. Where the people lived that constucted a tent next to mine.
Then I look for the meadows where the helicopters landed. I find it only to find it`s gone. Aha, that`s where all the temporary houses have been. There`s still around 400 left. I see children and old women, so it`s probably people from the villages around that`s still living here. For the rest of them only the concrete rectangles they`ve been placed on are left.
I walk in the direction of the gas station the other side of the river, but a new bridge is under construction and the road will be changed, so there`s now a fence on one side of the road and mountainside on the other. There is a sign telling you not to enter I think, but who cares in China? I do. I don`t want to be squeezed between two trucks.
So I find a taxi. I want to go 3 km, and I point in the direction.
We go, but when he reaches the end of town at the other side of the river, he stops at two policemen and there is a bit of discussion.
We go on but he turns the meter off. We get to the gasstation and I take some photos and a little ahead I find approximately the right spot where I was when the earthquake started. It`s hard to recognize as the trees are all gone and the field is under water. But I get at least two photos. It`s almost as dusty as at that time.

That's what it looks like today...   ...where I was when the earrthquake happend

We go back, but as he turned the meter off  it is a situation of negotiation. But I have already decided what I`ll pay. So when he writes 30 on the windscreen I say 20 and he`s quite satisfied. It MORE than fair.
Back on the hotel at 17.07 it happens. First a faint shaking and then the doors rattles and the floor moves for 2-3 seconds. I`m alert at once. Ready to do what? But it`s already over. When I show them what happened in the reception, they tell me not to worry. I send a message to the english teacher. Yes, I`m right, it was an afterquake. So now I don`t need to ask him when the last one was. And it`s two YEARS back now!

Some have got back into normal homes...   ...but 11.000? are still waiting