I had a funny experience last week when I was in South Australia. I drove from Adelaide to Mt Gambier and back again (you can see some of my photos here.) On the return journey I had to say overnight at Meningie (horrible motel, but awesome views of the lake! Sunset and sunrise!)
I had planned to drive straight through but a major storm was brewing, so choose to remain there rather than drive on and risk driving through the heavy storm. I set off the next morning at 7 am, and it allowed me to take a little time and look at Murray Bridge (the Princes Highway bypasses MB now), and also go into Hahndorf.
|Chinese fisherman and friend|
There beside the river were two men, and as I passed clicking with my camera, they waved and said "hello" - I looked a little closer as I waved back to see that both men were clearly of Asian origin. I said "Are you from China?" and they replied "Yes", so I said "Ni hao" (hello in Mandarin)
The response from them was more "ni hao's" and an excited speech in Mandarin that I did not understand. "Tinboodong"
The older man (the fisherman - who had caught nothing at that point), spoke good English, but the younger man had little English. It turns out they both come from Wuxi - not far really from where I was in Shaoxing. It is closer to Shanghai. They knew Shaoxing.
Funny place to meet two Chinese guys who could have come from anywhere in that vast county!