I hadn’t managed my time very well. Walking around in mainland China is all about the careful management of specific assets. Money is generally not the major hassle since most things are relatively cheap and if monetary replenishment is needed, there is usually a cash machine around the next corner. Trying to navigate the streets effectively is a virtual impossibility and one has to allow for a certain Zen-like aspect to one’s directional decision-making, plus an almost suicidal coolness when crossing the street without getting squashed by the traffic. I wasn’t worried too much about trying to see all the sights, because there is never enough time to see everything there is to see in China anyway. It’s one of this country’s best qualities — there is never a shortage of incredible things to see. For a start, there is the country’s size to consider. If you took the whole landmass of Europe, took away a few of the small useless bits and crumpled it up a bit, then you would have China.