Friday, August 8, 2008

8-8-08 Reporting Movements to the Police

If you are not staying at a hotel (where your passport and therefore whereabouts are recorded) you must report to the local police station within 24 hours of your arrival in China. That includes every time you move from one location to another.

So, the first thing this morning we walked to the station.

You fill out a form and they take your picture. But, they will not let you take theirs. I tried :o) I really wanted a picture of us checking in with the local police. I mean, it is a great reminder of the fact that you are in a police state. This brand of socialism has a tinge of capitalism. But, human rights comes under a different category than "the economy" or "sports."

After checking in with the local police we are now at the Bank of American hospitality venue. The bank has sponsored this venue for athletes and four guests apiece for over twenty years. Thank you BOA. This is a place to meet and then move. After a cold soda, some Internet time, and a little eats you are on your way.
Oh, there are about a thousand pepople that come through here each day!

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