Today we continue talking about the delegation of young Chinese political leaders who were touring the country under the auspicious of the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
They arrived from Chicago at about noon and we drove to Lakeside Center.
Since it was noon, I figured that my Chinese young political leaders would be hungry.
They didn’t want to eat right away.
Instead, some rode on some carnival rides.
The Ferris Wheel had the most attraction.
I hope you will find the different shots I took of most of the delegation of interest.
I wish I could match the visitors names with their faces, but it’s been too long.
Others asked if there were a golf course nearby, so I pointed them toward the Crystal Lake Country Club and off most of them went for a walk. Maybe they saw the golf club while on the Ferris Wheel.
I got the impression that golf is quite the thing in China, that the courses are often difficult because they are located where people can’t live.
Compared to my camera, they had some really good ones.
The guy I pegged as the “watcher” had one and so did the party central committee secretary of Tibet.
The Chinese tour guide explained to me that Beijing had festivals like this, too, but they were “bigger.”
Little Crystal Lake versus multi-million person Beijing, I thought. I would hope festivals there would be larger.
Although it was lunch time, the Chinese did not eat until it was pretty much time for the bus to leave for Woodstock.
So, the bus was waiting.
We were off schedule
And the visitors were eating and drinking beer.
They had decided that they did not want to go for a boat ride.
They wanted to return to Chicago sooner, rather than late in the evening.
So, it was off along Lake Avenue to Briarwood.
I point out our house. Our flag was on a pole affixed to the garage.
“Why are so many flags displayed,” one wanted to know.
“Is it a patriotic holiday?”
I explained that it was not, that Independence Day was coming up, but that many people flew their flags all year round.
That surprised them.
As we were driving up Briarwood toward Route 176, another asked who tended to the trees.
A revealing question, perhaps.
I replied that the people who lived in the houses did, explaining that they generally homeowners and took care of their properties. I added a little bit on the value of home ownership.
The bus went east on Lucas Road so I could show them McHenry County College. Just a drive-by look.