This week we had great weather in Shanghai. I was riding my bike when I realized I am spoiled. Weather like this week is common-place in Colorado. Colorado claims to have over 300 days of beautiful weather. I like it here. I could live here longer. But I love living in Colorado. I am spoiled.
I did feel like the warm weather made everyone here happier. People seemed to be smiling and enjoying life. Does better weather make people happy? Or does it make me happy so the world looks brighter?
Chinese people are pretty serious and with nicer weather they are definitely outside joining being outdoors more. Why do they like to be outside? It is very social to be outside. People still go for a stroll or exercise by walking briskly and slapping the sides of their bodies to help with circulation. (at least I think that is why they do it?)
In China, nice weather also means the sun might be fighting its way through the pollution and that is a positive thing when pollution is a large problem. What else do they do outside during their strolls. They watch older men playing cards or Chinese Checkers. They watch women of many different ages doing Chinese line dances. They watch in the mornings people doing Tai Chi. They watch grandparents taking care of the grandchildren with toys and bikes going everywhere. If I knew the language, I would be able to say more about the amazing sense of community that they have during these outside hours.