Shenyang, where we are currently, is considered just a small to medium sized city in China; it has a population of around 9 million people. Ummm, this would be the second largest city if it was located in the USA, behind NYC and ahead of LA! This is a very wealthy city; we counted 5 different Louis Vuitton shops, a Maserati, Ferrari and Bentley dealerships. Several streets have major name brand after name brand lined up.
Cold is the name of the game in this part of the China right now. We are staying in a 23 story hotel on the top floor – and the heat in the entire hotel has been out for the past 10 hours. Just came back from breakie on the 2nd floor overlooking the grand foyer and the revolving entrance doors. It was so cold could see breath. Its about minus 10 C right now outside – the hotel is still warmer but its all layers on board and the thick jacket on as well.
For one who is California born and raised the temperatures here right now in early December are brutal. The large ponds are frozen solid all the way across – I even walked out on the edges of one yesterday. Even one of the normally lazy moving rivers through central Shenyang is already frozen solid!
Normally the most important item I bring on any trip is my computer, not so this trip, it is my 850 fill down north face jacket!
Made a skype call to my brother on other side of world. He kept holding up portable space heaters in front of his laptop camera.