We arrived in Hong Kong and we had left our world and entered a whole new one. Hong Kong was cool. It was something every one would like (that’s if you like shopping heaven) . Basically I don’t need to tell you about these first few days because we did the kind of things you do on the weekend…..
The thing about China ( third biggest country in the world) is that a lot of people like drugs - not the ones that make you better, the ones that make you worse.
So about forty years ago twenty year old Jackie Pullinger came to stop that. She went to a place called the wall city where even the police didn’t go because there were drug dealers, triads and many crooks. She went in there and basically twenty years later the smelly, dirty, dangerous place was a beautiful park and all those bad people were new people, good people. Since then Jackie made a home for people who take drugs and they teach them to be a Christians and not to take drugs. We went there and met Jackie and the drug addicts. We watched them get baptised and ate with them we also met a lady called Lina who we really liked.
Finally we took the train to Beijing, which is a journey of about 2000 miles. The train had deluxe rooms but a lot of people smoked in the restaurant. So we got to Beijing and met up with a small group of people and a lady named x (I can’t give her real name) worked secretly in Beijing (they work secretly because China is a communist country and a communist doesn’t allow religion to be free). These people bring beggars and addicts to their homes; then they shower them and give them new clothes and food. This is what they do every week and that’s what church is for them. (Better than boring old going to church on a Sunday.)
Beijing is a massive city where they are building like crazy. They probably want it to look good for the Olympics. A long time ago it was a beautiful place with beautiful buildings like the forbidden city…but since communism it’s become very ugly.
We then went to a place in the middle of china called Henan. We went with some people but I can’t say who they were because of the reasons given above. We went to visit some people who had HIV/AIDS who lived in villages. They had HIV because they sold their blood to the government and they made a mistake because they didn’t screen it before giving to the hospital patients. These villages were very poor – almost like Africa. But the Chinese people we met were very kind and always polite.
The martial arts started in Henan. In fact is the centre of China’s old history. We saw an amazing show given by the Kung Fu monks. They did things like smashing metal on their heads and popping a balloon with a needle through a glass plate without breaking the glass.
After Henan we went North to Inner Mongolia. We passed the Great Wall of China on the route. It was a good job we saw it because when we came back to see it properly – we didn’t see it properly because it was really misty. My Dad made a joke that you can see The Great Wall from space but we couldn’t see it when we were on it.
Our last few days in China were in Beijing. It was my tenth birthday. I got a Nintendo DS (special Chinese price). But the day itself wasn’t the best day ever. I visited a museum and tried to spend my birthday money but I couldn’t choose. It was hot and nothing quite worked out. We tried to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean but it hadn’t opened yet so we saw Superman instead. I still enjoyed my cake and my presents.
We have come to the end of the working trip. I will be back in London in just over 2 weeks! Meanwhile we have been in Tokyo, Japan and today we went on a train that is the fastest in the world – it’s called the bullet train and goes 200mph!
It took half an hour to go 100 miles. We also did Kareoke which they like here. We sang Led Zeppelin ‘s Stairway then Agnes did I’m a Barbie Girl.
Tomorrow we fly to America to see dear old friends. I am looking forward to seeing them and seeing all of you when we are home. This trip has been a very big highlight of my life.
Please look out for my blog in future just in case I do more travelling….