have recently returned from a fabulous trip across China. Felt the need to share our very positive experience on the Bund.. especially when we read about so many scams!!
We were in a group of western tourists about 10am on a Sunday, an elderly gentleman approached me while we were enjoying the view and started chatting to me, in very good English, he informed me that he was 83 years old, didn't learn to speak English until he was 53 years old and as his family was very poor when he was growing up! I was very cautious, was this a 'scam'????
I entered into a brief conversation with him and said it was nice to meet him, however, our tour was moving on and I wished him all the best. We walked on with our tour and on our return to the same spot, he was still there, he acknowledged our group but did not approach. I had relayed my earlier experience to other members of our tour, one couple started talking to him and he beckoned me over, I didn't know what to do, however, I went back to talk to him, I did offer him money, however, I was sooooo embarrassed when he refused, he stated that he didn't need/want money, he just wanted to talk to us and continue to practice his English, meet new people as all his family were either dead or had moved away, he was an 'engineer' when he worked, he missed it, missed the company and enjoyed meeting 'western' people who spoke 'perfect' English.... The moral of this is: there are good people in this world!! This man has left an impression of our fabulous tour/experience and the people we met in an amazing place!