March 23, 2013

Welcome to the new China

When we first moved to China in 2005 we were excited to find the kid’s song trio of McDonald’s, McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut in Nanchang. We thought we’d hit the jackpot when we watched Eight Below in English in the new two row cinema.

We moved to Harbin in 2008 and found the trio of restaurants and so much more including several lovely western cafes. We even found a stuffed and roasted turkey for Thanksgiving. In December 2011 something magical happened. Starbucks opened. Followed by another Starbucks (or two or three by now) and a Costa Coffee. Harbin had arrived in modern China.

Now living in Shenyang, we’re experiencing life in the new China. We have a great import store just across the street with everything we could never before find in China. Just this week, we’ve watched a movie in English, shopped at Decathlon, a sports mega store, played basketball on an indoor court, and swam at the clubhouse.

China is changing right before our eyes and we have a front row seat.

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