I thought I knew what to expect in China. I guess I wanted to see something like the video footage of Tiananmen square in 1989, or what I remember from grade school lessons about Mao and the People's Revolution. And Nixon's visit.

The reality I found is far more subtle. Capitalism is everywhere on the street, everyone looks to make a living without reliance on the Party. And in this wild east, the people are welcoming to travelers.