A last silent nod from Alan – but did I detect a hint of a smile? I like to think I did and that Alan was just a little bit proud of himself for a job well done.
The family restaurant serves more than 30 tables every day on average, earning a gross annual income of about 300,000 to 400,000 yuan. As the number of customers increased, the single trash can at Shi's home began to overflow. Three bigger ones were soon added.
The native Chinese are a very hospitable and romantic folk who always display an aura of love in the air among themselves since quite often I would see couples walking hand-in-hand in the streets and thus adding some human touch to the beauty of the land.
"Government reform is a momentous move for China's internal development and global affairs," said Nasir Mahmood, director general of the Department of External Relations and Legal Affairs at the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization. "It improves the effectiveness of the governing bodies and allows China to adapt to changing times."
He said that the mainland's policy to support Taiwan businesspeople coming to the mainland is coherent and clear, and that if the Taiwan business community seizes the opportunity, it will enjoy better development.
In 2017, 260,000 tourists visited Shibadong, generating revenue of more than 2 million yuan ($320,000) and pushing the village's per capita net income to over 10,000 yuan annually.
The time is around 5pm and the taxi driver weaves his way through the traffic congested tarred roads but sometimes the traffic jam would get us to a momentary stop as if to allow me to take a photo or just to see the high-rise buildings which seem to tuck in the world’s biggest population.
"And another thing…" I continued, scrabbling about in my handbag for my phone and Google Translate. "Wǒ de hair shìjuǎnfǎ" –my hair is curly (or words to that effect).