Well I’ve been here for 5 days now, as I expected “blogging” is something of an issue, which is why I haven’t been able to post on a daily basis as I did when I was in Ireland. I hope the posting that I tried to add from the airport in Helsinki got through; the connection seemed good but it was rather a rush so I haven’t managed to look at it. Anyway I think I have found a way around the problem, which will be self evident if this gets posted.Image

It is a great shame that I was in such a rush in Helsinki, as we flew over Norway I managed to get some great photos out of the plane window. This one makes it hard to believe it was actually taken at the end of May whilst the UK was experiencing its first proper summer weather. Even Helsinki was warm when I landed, just glad I didn’t have to transfer flights in Oslo.

Of course when I landed in China it was hot, although not as hot as I had expected; about 26 or 27c, which was about the temperature in the UK when I left. The difference is that the temperature here is still steadily rising and has the potential to go up another 15 degrees or more. And then there is of course the humidity to be added into the equation. It should all make for an interesting trip.

Well that is pretty much all I am going to write for today. As you can guess quite a lot has happened in the last few days and I will bring events up to date over the next few days, but for now I will leave things with my arrival in China and my greeting at the airport by Yan Yan, who had never seen me before and who I am delighted to say was awaiting me at arrivals with a sign saying “ANTONY CLARKSON”. An image which he let me photograph and one I will always remember.Image