I had spent the night at Mr. Lian’s 连先生 place. Mr. Lian owns a little shop next to the road, and he’s also head of the little settlement of Taipingpu:
Nobody had told me about that the night before though, and I realized it only in the morning when I got up and Mr. Lian was hosting an event with a bunch of officials from the city:
It was a formal celebration of the beginning of construction on some new buildings next to the highway:
The whole village was there:
Oh, I got so bored after a while though… I guess I’m just not cut out for this kind of ceremony.
It was all speech following after speech, and applause after applause:
Until an inferno of firecrackers finally marked the end:
…and when it was all over, the little kids came out of their classrooms and claimed their stools back:
Cheered me up.
And here’s the video of the thing:
When I finally got on the road around noon, I felt very tired.
At some point, I cut into the bushes, just because they looked so nice:
…and then I realized I was on a graveyard:
…and next to the graves, something that I personally found pretty scary:
Bees; two hundred boxes, ten thousand bees per box = a lot of bees.
I was just happy it wasn’t hornets. Hate those things.
Then I got to the city:
Had lunch and a nice chat in a small Muslim restaurant:
And then I got to my hotel.
And fell on my bed.