This is where I spent much of the summer 19 years ago. We had no cell phones, e-mail, internet, texting, or the like.
I call it Hidden River in my memoir. With 1 million people, it’s a two-hour car ride from Wuhan, the largest city in Hubei province.
The summers were hot–as in 100F–and the winters damp and cold, just hovering above freezing. We had no heat in the winter and one air-conditioning unit in the summer, but only because of me. If it had been my choice, I would have chosen a heater over an AC unit, but no one asked me.
I just went with the flow as much as I could.