The Great Race Centennial was canceled in 2008 after China withdrew our travel permits 6 weeks prior to the start of the race. The reason? The Tibetan protests in the western provinces. So now, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune, on March 4, the Chinese authorities are clamping down on activities by foreigners that it deems threatening to political stability. Seems somehow this is related to the Internet postings and the potential of Chinese citizens gathering to show displeasure of their government. They’ve even forced cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Shanghai! Now, I agree, a bunch of drunk Irishmen can be threatening, but to government stability? Go figure. I didn’t even know there were enough Irish organizations in all of China to form a parade. Shows you how much I know about China. Guess I’ll know a lot more after driving across the entire country.
See you on the road to Paris,