China Rising | Dale Johnson
March 9 @ 3 p.m. | Tickets $14/$12 | Marsee Auditorium
is a country and a society steeped in history and tradition. Beijing is the
we will find the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall just
north of the City. The Great Wall is
about 4000 miles long, stretching from the Yellow Sea, or the East China Sea,
to the western barrens where the Wall is now almost unnoticeable, almost indistinguishable
in the landscape. In those far reaches
of China the Wall is now only a few feet high in some places, its stones and
brick having been scavenged for other building projects. North of the Capital
of Beijing it has been restored and this is the part of the Wall most often
there are tourists by the hundreds. They
are Chinese tourists: not so many are foreigners. The Chinese in great numbers are visiting all
the monuments and historic places in China today. On the Great Wall (which the Chinese call the
Long Wall) people are everywhere.
contrast to the antiquity of China we’ll see much of a burgeoning economic
expansion...ultra-modern cities, expensive shopping, traffic congestion, and
perhaps most surprising, huge farming operations with giant tractors producing
corn, soybeans and other crops on private farms...not Government collectives as
in the past.
is now the second-largest economy and still expanding. Its rate of growth is slowing now to single
digit percentages rather than the double-digit rate it has sustained for two
decades. It is still a Country worth
watching, and a Country worth knowing. A
fascinating people with a vibrancy, hunger and ambition to make things happen.
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