3 days for me, 100 days for China

Major act of the day: work visa for China secured! I was hoping it would be gold-plated or at least have some sort of fancy hologram, but it looks just like every Chinese visa, except with the magic letter Z in the top right corner, meaning I can work for a year.

Today marks the 3-day countdown until I leave for China, late on Saturday night. Until I sat down to write this post, I hadn’t realized it was so soon – how is that possible?

Today also marks the 100-day countdown until the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, on October 1. Today’s China Daily reports:

About 3,000 uniformed police…roared in unison an oath to ensure public safety during celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China…

“Vigilant guard around Tian’anmen Square at that time will absolutely be harsher than early this month,” Wu Shunfa said, who is in charge of public security at Tian’anmen and was among those who made the oath yesterday.

His officers will ensure key events, such as the October 1 troop review, and planned fun fairs and fireworks shows, are conducted safely and undisrupted, he said.

Sounds like a real blast. Couldn’t be more glad I’ll be in Kunming instead of Beijing. It’s time once again to invoke my favorite Chinese idiom that is sometimes used to describe cities that are far away from the central control of Beijing: “天高皇帝远” (tiān gāo huángdì yuǎn). Literally: “Heaven is high and the Emperor is far away.”

In other words: When no one is looking, you can do whatever you want.