Friday, December 22, 2017

Country Roads

Rural Taiwan is usually drive-through country, but we made a pilgrimage to my wife's ancestral home town in the middle of nowhere to hang out for a few days.  The winter is the only time that I care to do this.  The town where we went is losing population, so there is some considerable small town blight.  The local elementary school used to have 300 children, but now is down to only 24.  Jobs are better and easier elsewhere for the young, while the new generation neither marries nor has children.  



Something surprising is that all the country field access roads are paved, whereas they would be gravel or dirt farm tracks in the US or Europe.  Irrigation is all flowing through concrete systems, the countryside is electrified, wi-fi and mobile telephone are everywhere, the toilets are all western style sit-down ones and the water from the faucets is potable.  Country living at its finest. 


4 comments:

Inklings said...

I wish you and your wife and family a very happy Christmas.

Looney said...

Thanks. A Merry Christmas to you and your extended clan as well! Wishing for snow, but wearing shorts and short sleeves instead.

Rummuser said...

Your account is fascinating. We do not get enough information about ordinary Chinese here.

Looney said...

My observation of the Chinese is that they come in a large number of different varieties, although there are also many shared common experiences. This reminds me of your comments about India with its large variety.