Friday, August 22, 2008

Forget Gold Medals: in Beijing its all about Golden Refrigerators

I had to laugh when I saw this golden refrigerator in the Haier Olympic Welcome Center- it made me think about how much China has changed. My grandparents visited Beijing in the early 90's and to hear them tell it, every apartment looked like a war bunker, everyone was wearing green or grey and there were no cars in sight. I'm sure the average person didn't even have a refrigerator, much less a full size golden one. What would Mao have thought pf this golden refrigerator and all its implications? China is fundamentally changed.


aggie94 said...

Hey Miss B,

I learned of your blog through Amy's and have been enjoying your posts for the past few months. I am surprised to hear of your grandparents' description of Beijing as late as the 90s, as that's exactly what I recall of China when I visited in the early 80s. It was soooo different than the China I saw when I returned in 2006. That description brought back a lot of memories for me.

Have a great rest of your trip!


Miss B said...

I'm so glad you've been reading along. I know my grandparents wouldn't even recognize the place and I'm so interested to hear the stories of people like you, who have been back since. Wild wild stuff.

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