The biggest difficulty while working in China has been internet access. Once you are dependent upon a high speed connection for every day communication, data storage, analysis, it’s a shock to be cut off from your usual tools. I’ve had trouble with blogging using WordPress and am now trying this workaround. Perhaps if I was on vacation it wouldn’t be an issue, but trying to accomplish academic work requires an adjustment.
There are vast districts here that are studded with architectectural beauty but are sparsely populated. Then there are more traditional neighborhoods where the majority seem to live. It really is the tale of 2 cities in one.
Hoping this message gets through to you! If so I’ll keep updating my scientific progress.