Your blogger from #China is back! The Marine Silk Road is steeped in wealth, wonder and ideas.

I learned today that Guangzhou is in fact an ancient seat of knowledge exchange, being China’s window to the world as its prime port city.  For a significant portion of China’s history it held the monopoly upon foreign trade.  Exchanging goods and culture with the Swedish, Dutch, Persians and the East India Company. 
It was during the Ming Dynasty that it opened up to Western medicine and science. Dr Peter Parker chose to open China’s first western hospital in this city (1835).  He was an opthamologist. For a scientific exchange this place has a precedent!
More adventures upon the Marine Silk Road to come. 
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Guangzhou and workarounds

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. 






Getting ready for my trip

imageThis is where I will blog!

from China!

The above pic is a beach in Poland taken by my friend Szymon.

I won’t be able to use Twitter in China-  so I’ll be active here.

tthanks to julia from CINQ setting it up!