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|GuiZhou [Precious-Province] Trip (Aug. 2002)|
Quite contrary to her name, GuiZhou is the poorest province of China.
I know very little about her before this trip. And if grandpa is not building schools
there, I wouldn't think of going there.
Grandpa is not the kind of grandpa kids would love. I am not exaggerating. I don't remember talking to him for over 10 minutes, ever. I know very little about him before this trip.
In July, while visiting grandma at her resting place, grandpa suddenly asked us (kids and grandkids) if we want to go to GuiZhou with him to see his schools. I sensed that it was an invitation for gettingto know each other again. I raised my foot and said YES! I saw 6 other feet in the air - 3 from 3 uncles, 1 form mum and 1 from dad. The 6th is my other foot.
|Time Table (Aug - Sep, 2002)|
I have no idea how much control I
have over this trip. If I can, I would spend 7 days with my family before
they leave. Then another week traveling GuiZhou by myself.
But I would have never imagined what lies ahead ...
|Quick Facts of GuiZhou|
Every Chinese province has a one-character abbreviation. GuiZhou's short
name is Qian.
Population 35,000,000, of which 16,000,000 are minority tribes.
Only second to YunNan province in number of minority groups - 48 of China's 55 minority tribes are found in GuiZhou.
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