Nanning/南寧(2008/02/15~02/16)

We arrived in Nanning by night bus not really knowing where we were, and the first impression is of a relatively laid-back town, with the influence of being close to the border with Vietnam being closely felt. But more importantly, observant of the many prohibitive signs about, we noticed that almost nobody was hacking and spitting on the ground (a disgusting but usual scene). The shock of the loud throat clearing followed by the hacking and spitting on the ground (even on the subway) which we first experienced in China’s so-called showcase of modernity, Shanghai, never left us, and is probably one of the reasons why we loved Nanning so much.

いまいちどこか分からないまま香港から夜行バスで着いた南寧は、ベトナムとの国境が近いせいか、のんびりとした南国風の良い雰囲気。しかも、南寧市の規制なのだろうか、バスやホテルでは「痰を吐くと罰金」と書かれていて、街中でも痰を吐く人がほとんどいない。上海では「ガーッペ」の大合唱にうんざりしていたし、地下鉄の車内でも痰を吐く人をみてショックを受けたものだが、こんな素晴らしい街も中国にあるのね、とうれしくなってしまった。

Actually, there really isn’t much in particular to see in Nanning, but just walking about the town we were able to witness what appears to be a regular occurrence in Nanning: large groups of people (most middle aged) practicing their dance moves to pop music.

特に見どころのない街だが、公園では中年の男女が集まって大音量の音楽にのってダンスをしており、それを眺めているだけでも楽しかった。

Nanning/南寧の街


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