I'm heading to the Linux Annual Summit in Ghuangzhou next week pre-foo camp. This will be my first trip to China, which might seem unusual, but our Chinese office asked me to consider the conference and I thought it would be interesting to expose myself to Linux in Asia in this manner and also, obviously, to experience a Chinese city for the first time.
I admit to being a little worried about the Air quality, although I was told by a friend that Guangzhou is one of the cleaner cities from that perspective. The energy (mostly coal derived) that is consumed in China is truly fearsome. I heard that they were adopting a crack schedule of nuclear power production and I think that from what I hear that it'll be none too soon from an air pollution perspective.
When I was a child, I remember how filthy the air in Salt Lake City was. You'd go skiing in the beautiful mountains, where the air was so clear it was astonishing and you'd literally drive into a miasma of pollution on your way down the mountain. This was most pronounced going down little cottonwood canyon after a fun day of skiing at Alta.
That all said, I feel like, with this trip to China, that I'm visiting the birthplace of all of my Electronics. Sort of a trip home for them.