Tuesday, 13 May 2008
One of the strongest memories I have of the movie "Mary Poppins" is of her riding her bicycle while carrying an umbrella - something I have never tried to master.
Here in China though, I am reminded almost every day. The Chinese young people love their umbrellas which come in all shapes and colours. Some of course are to keep the rain off, but when it is not raining it is to keep the sun from damaging their perfect complexions.
And as bicycles are popular transport here, it is common to see a rider cycle past holding aloft an umbrella, just as Mary Poppins did.
We also find it amusing that the young men also carry an umbrella - and they don't mind if it is a fancy frilly one either - something the young men of Australia would not do. Maybe a black one, but not the style that all use here.
As well, something else young men do hear - and older men too I've noticed - is carry the handbag for their lady. And some of the handbags are quite wild!!!