As with most places in the world I've been people are the same everywhere, and the poorer they are the friendlier they are. It's just the governments that are a little screwed up. I guess politicians are the same everywhere too.
The two girls below were sisters from the first house where we installed a sensor. They were learning English in school, so they had many questions about what things were called in English. Everything was going fine until they started asking about a plastic glass, a glass glass, a glass window, a glass mirror, and my glasses. No wonder I got such lousy grades in English.
Below is Wenjie whipping up a snack with the girls' father.
In the middle of China, in the middle of nowhere, down about 10 kilometers of cow path from the nearest two-lane road was a village of about 300 people. Below are two of them. Even though we were fully in China the language of the village was Tibetan. The mayor, or village leader, was going to be out of town for a few months so his house was volunteered as the place for our sensor. What an extreamly nice bunch of people they were!
Below is the daughter of another village's doctor. We used a storage room in the clinic for one of our sensors.
We used the wheat storage room in the house of the lady in the middle of the picture below for a site. When we were finished we were served fried bread, tea and many stories.
Two brothers at another one of our sites.
The guys below, with the exception of He'ping on the left, worked at the Bureau of Geology's station in Golmud, Qinghai province. In addition to doing the usual geology stuff they maintained one of the roughly two dozen permanent seismic stations installed across China which are all linked by satellite to a data center in Beijing.
DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
ENTER THE DRAGON
WHEN IN BEIJING
THE REALLY BIG WALL OF CHINA
THIS AIN'T NO WINTER PALACE
MOVING WEST AND THE KUMBUM MONASTERY
OH YEAH. WORK.
WHAT WE DID
IF THE ROADS DON'T KILL YOU...
A STOP ALONG THE SILK ROAD
THE PLAINS AND DESERTS
TIME TO GO HOME