By Peter Hessler
“Hessler has a fabulous feel of the intonations and gestures that provide lifestyles to the moment.” —The long island occasions ebook Review
From Peter Hessler, the New York Times bestselling writer of Oracle Bones and River Town, comes Country Driving, the 3rd and ultimate ebook in his award-winning China trilogy. Country Driving addresses the human aspect of the industrial revolution in China, concentrating on economics and improvement, and indicates how the automobile growth is helping China shift from rural to city, from farming to enterprise.
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282. When approaching a railroad crossing, you should a) accelerate and cross. b) accelerate only if you see a train approaching. c) slow down and make sure it’s safe before crossing. Chinese applicants for a license were required to have a medical checkup, take the written exam, enroll in a technical course, and then complete a two-day driving test; but the process had been pared down for people who already held overseas certification. I took the foreigner’s test on a gray, muggy morning, the sky draped low over the city like a shroud of wet silk.
He was sixty-nine years old, a pudgy man in a blue suit and cap; his round moon face shone with sweat. He wore the biggest smile I’d seen since yesterday’s funeral, when I’d chatted with Wei Fu, the leader of the opera troupe. There’s always at least one happy person at a Chinese funeral. ” the pudgy man said, pulling at my arm. ” He gave me a laminated name card. The front featured a picture of two hands clasped in a businessman’s shake, along with the words: Zhang Baolong Feng Shui Master Services for the Entire Length of the Dragon, From Beginning to End Traditionally, feng shui masters evaluate the relationship between buildings and landscapes, trying to create harmony between what is natural and what is manmade.
Whereas the Qin walls survive primarily in the popular imagination, the Ming dynasty built structures that have lasted by virtue of their materials. The Ming came to power in 1368, and in the Beijing region they eventually constructed fortifications of quarried stone and brick. They were the only dynasty to build extensively with such durable materials—these are the impressive walls I’d seen in Hebei Province. But the Ming defenseworks are a network rather than a single structure, and some regions have as many as four distinct barriers.