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The Zhongshan Gate Selfishness N Beautiful Gardens

Hey Hey and a Big G'Day toya, After yesterdays huge walk I decided to rest my poor feet and legs today. They've been at it for over six hours a day for the past nearing three weeks. I spent most of the morning in bed reading, going through my photos on my phone and chatting to Luo Wei who was also having a rest day. By midday I had paid another night's accommodation, checked my email and sat for a chat with Molly, Plum and Linda. Soon I was heading down Guangzhou Lu and stopped outside a Hospital where there was a fast food table set up on a three wheeler bike. Sounds strange but it is normal here in China. I sat for a rice, vegetable and chicken dish and was soon to witness the most selfish act from a complete and utter bastard Chinese man. Many of them are raised to be selfish, being the 'MALE' which usually drives me insane but this act went beyond the normal 'I am a Chinese Male' act. Whilst eating I heard a siren behind me and then a horn going off. When I looked around I found that the horn was from the ambulance trying to get out of the hospital gate BUT there was a car trying to get past the ambulance. You see, the guy in the car was at the front of the line of cars waiting for a car space. HE WAS NEXT and it was HIS SPACE! HE wasn't going to let anyone get HIS space! The ambulance was fully staffed and both the driver and the gate guard were yelling at the guy in the car to move back. But he was totally refusing to move back. He just kept repeating the same words...It's my space next (The guy next to me told me this in broken English). I simply couldn't believe what I was witnessing. To make things worse, the guy in the car began tooting the ambulance and telling it to get out of his way. By now the food stall man was doing his best to move across so the ambulance could drive across the foot path onto the road. By now my temper had risen and the past two and a half years worth of stupid selfish acts by many Chinese males were flicking through my mind. Without even thinking I ran across to the car and began bashing on his window. He looked at me with a pitiful face as if he didn't know what he was doing wrong! The gate guard finally grew some balls and picked up a huge rock and began walking towards the car with it raised. The guy actually got out of the car and began begging for his space so the gate guard jumped in his car and reversed it back...how far do you think he had to go before the ambulance could get out...about five meters...five freaking meters. When the gate guard got out of the car he locked the door, left it running and threw the keys into the middle of the busy road. By now heaps of people were yelling at the car driver who was trying to get his keys from the road. Finally the ambulance made it to the road and sped of into the distance. That is the most unbelievably selfish act I have seen in some time! I really do believe the car driver actually thought he was doing nothing wrong and couldn't understand why the ambulance couldn't do a summersault of some kind to make room for HIM to get past so HE could get his parking spot. It's like when you are in line for food or a ticket of some sort (when there is a line that is). There could be twenty or thirty people waiting and a bastard male walks directly to the front and inturrupts the person being served so he can get HIS food or ticket. Maybe one day it will get me in to trouble but when I'm in a 'had enough of this' mood I will usually, no matter where I am in line walk up to him put his money back in his hand and point to the end of the line. I was so angry for the next hour and needed a green park or garden to sit and read in. I scrapped my Palace plans and located a green space on my map and headed in that direction. I headed south west to a green spot that looked like it had a bit of City Wall in it. The park is called Qingliang Shan (mountain) Park and it's found just before the overpass down Guangzhou Lu. The little temple was closed but it had a nice 'Ancient Art Gallery'. The gallery had only two rooms and had nothing ancient in it at all. That was all I needed and I began laughing and the poor gallery attendants thought I was going crazy. It really was so 'Chinese'! An 'Ancient Art Gallery' with nothing ancient in it to be found anywhere! It was only 3 Yuan to enter and many of the paintings were beautiful...and it cheered me up so it was more than worth the 3 Yuan entrance fee. I then headed to the river and had a wonderful walk along it in the sunshine with a cool breeze blowing and then headed across the river and walked around the streets for awhile and made me way to a beautiful Lake Park called Mochoulu Park. It cost 15 Yuan to enter but it really was a wonderful few hours. The gardens were beautiful and the lake was clean and calming. By now it was late afternoon and around 4:30pm I was at the Heaven Dynasty Palace which was strangely closed. I decided to walk around the little market place located on both sides of the temple. All sold the normal 'temple' stuff along with 'ancient' trinkets like coins and Chairman Mao statues etc. I then decided to zig zag my way down to the Zhongshan Gate. WOW, how impressive was this gate! It actually has four gates, each as big as one normal gate. Within are located many secret vaults that can house up to three thousand soldiers along with food. How did the Japanese get through this gate that was basically impenetrable? The Chinese opened it for them that is how. Why? There was nothing but confusion at that time of the war. Most of the Generals and many Chinese troops had fled the area and one of the main problems was the fact that they couldn't understand each other. Huh? You say. You read correctly. What you had then is what you still have now, all the villages and Minority Peoples had their own dialects and barely anyone spoke Mandarin. So once all the important people had fled the area there was no one left to interpret between the Chinese that were left. There was enough food and water within the city to last for many months. There was a huge amount of soldiers, in fact much more than the Japanese army. Sadly, many were not trained soldiers but the Chinese manpower easily overpowered the Japanese. So why open the door? The Japanese pretended to be nice and that they would treat them well and simply take control of the city. The Chinese feared them as the Japanese had just taken many other cities including Shanghai. And then it all began! ARGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH! Anyhow, it was unbelievable to walk round and you can even climb to the top of the wall and walk around. The views were pretty cool too! After the gate I began zig zagging my way through one of the old quarters back towards Zhongshan Donglu. Whilst walking I remembered a lot of what I had read in the book 'The Rape of Nanking'. I tried my hardest to stop picturing the horrors that occured in these very streets I was walking. I soon began to feel queezy inside and not so happy so I think it is time to leave Nanjing and come back again some other time. It took me months to read the book so I am glad the War Memorial is actually closed. I hate reading about these types of things and it takes me such a long time to come to terms with the fact that something like it actually happened. Anyhow, decision made! Time to leave Nanjing the tomorrow! Guess where I am now? Ask me, ask me! I haven't seen one of these since leaving the Melbourne Airport over two and a half years ago. I'm in Burger King or for all the Aussies reading this, Hungry Jacks. I have just finished a Whooper with cheese and a Swiss Mushroom Burger and am now sipping a coffee. The day is now night and I have no idea where I am. Whilst clearing my mind I just walked and concentrated on all the beautiful trees and people around me. Now I'm here, but it is a very 'expensive' here and I really don't know where here is at all. There are tour buses all around and a huge expensive hotel or six. The streets are actually a 'New Ancient Tourist Town'. But where it is located on the map I have no idea. I know if I head left and up and over there I will have to end up in my area. There are so many foreigners here. Most middle aged and many of them have their children with them. Lucky little buggers! Beers N Noodles toya.....shane _________________________ The soundtrack to this entry was the Aussies 'Magic Dirt' The album was 'Life Was Better'

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