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China Tour’s a wrap


I’m back in the USA again after a 17-day tour including Beijing, Harbin, Shanghai, Wuxi, Guiyang, Guangzhou, and Zhuhai, which is a bit too much to process at the moment. But here’s a top ten in no order:

1 – The enormity of Zhonghua (that means “China” in Mandarin) and my minute-by-minute perspective shifts.

2 – Guangzhou, as in I-Heart-Guangzhou, where I played a proper bar gig and had big fun at the Ping Pong Art Space.

3 – Checking out the Dragon Boat Races in the Panyu district – an adequate fix, being so far removed from the stock car action back home – and being interviewed about it on TV.

4 – The bizarre mixture of keystone kop driving and complete lack of road rage.

5 – The fabulous Free Sound Record shop in Beijing – the oasis for Chinese independent music – where I once again found everything I wanted and got hooked up with everything I hadn’t known I wanted.

6 – Bad luck highlight: leaving my camera at the very tail end of my tour in a Beijing taxi.

7 – All the kids from northern Harbin all the way down to southern Zhuhai, who turned up and tuned in and made the entire experience such a pleasure.

8 – All the American and Chinese foreign service officers who knew how to take such good care of a lowly folk singer.

9 – Squid, jellyfish, eel, sea cucumber, preserved goose eggs, and turtle blood noodles, to name just a few.

10 – “Hǎo yī duǒ měi lì de mò li huā…”

2 Responses to “China Tour’s a wrap”

  1. XU Says:

    I am a student from South China Normal University , I attent your speaking&singing several weeks ago in my school , and it impressed me much for the difference between American folk music and Chinese folk music . And it is amazing to hear the 《mò li huā》you sang—the first time you sang the Chinese song , as you said .
    Thank you for your nice performance. And hoping to see you again in my school!

  2. Kim Says:

    Hi XU,
    Thanks very much for coming and for dropping a line – I loved being at SCNU. I sure do wish you could have heard my slightly better version of “Mo li hua” at United International College in Zhuhai, though…

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