Let's meet for coffee and I will share my China experience with you. I tried adding a few photos and my latest update but it was too slow.
The Chinese women are very concerned about their looks as many of the husbands find girls to service their needs. The main past time for the women and men is Ma Jung. I will send a photo of them playing the game.
Life is very much like Canada; people are the same wherever you go. I will say the Chinese are very family oriented and care greatly for their children. A lady I met at a jewelry shop is divorced with a 13-year-old son and the only way she can survive is to live with her parents. She makes 2000 - 2500 yen a month, that is 400 dollars or less and it is quite costly to live in China. The parents also babysit her brother's children. The family welcomed me into their home and offered me dinner.
Driving in China is an experience in itself. The cars go up one-way streets, park on the sidewalks if people are crossing the road you better move out of the way, everyone jay walks and dodges traffic.
The country is one massive construction zone; cranes and cement trucks are the main scenery. They have some unique plans to save energy, the street light have solar panels that are generated by small windmills. The houses look ugly on the outside but are very clean and spacious inside, with exception of the Hong Kong house. It was about 250 square feet. Yet the lady had it extremely well organized.