I’m in Dongguan, China, a very large industrial city (8 million, larger than all the areas of Hong Kong put together), which, like most Chinese cities, is growing rapidly, has construction everywhere, and is beset by smog. On the good side, I’ve learned a lot about modern China in only one day from expats who live here, I have lovely hosts taking good care of me, and have had two awesome meals (photos later).
Today I tour the rural areas, where I’m told I’ll get to see a slice of the slow-paced rural China that is, by government policy, rapidly disappearing. This afternoon I’ll lecture to the students at the local international school on religion and “ways of knowing” (the first time I’ve ever talked on the latter subject).
Here’s where I am, a short distance from Hong Kong:
After that it’s back to Hong Kong (about 2 hours from here) to begin my formal duties there, with another school talk (the Chinese International School), a radio interview, and a meeting with the local Skeptics in the Pub. I believe the latter is open to everyone, so if you want to come, chat, and imbibe, here’s the information:
8 November, Tuesday: 19:00-21:00 or as you wish. Skeptics in the Pub at Taboo in Wanchai.