We are having an extended stay in Xiamen, a prosperous and rapidly developing city on the coast opposite Taiwan. Time to do what the locals do.
During an 8am walk in the well-kept park, we were invited to join a group of middle-aged men for tea, their caged song birds in the background. This spontaneous hospitality was lovely, but it was impossible to have any meaningful conversation, beyond a few Google translate sentences.
Throughout the park, communal and artistic endeavours suggested an inner depth to the Chinese. The park was alive with singing, dancing, board games and exercises. But unlike the buses and pavements, full of school kids and millennials, most people here were much older, with time to start the day part of a community.
Much to admire.