China – India Travel Reports from Boots on the Ground

By John Farnam

Kalashnikov Rifle AK-74
A vintage Kalashnikov Rifle casually slung over his shoulder. No magazines/ammunition, not in the rifle, and not anywhere on him. No pistol either.
Defense Training International, Inc
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Ft Collins, CO –-( Update from China and India, from friends traveling there:

“Beijing, China:

Air quality is ecumenically wretched! I felt as if I’d smoked a carton of cigarettes after only a day there.

People are cold, unwelcoming, unhelpful.

Flying out of Beijing in daylight, I couldn’t believe the universal poor condition of the air. An oppressive, thick, gray-brown cloud smothers the entire countryside, even when we were hours away from big cities.

Looking out the plane window, I saw two things (through the smog) in abundance:

1) Miles and miles of jammed-together, high-rise government tenements

2) Huge industrial complexes with countless smokestacks continuously filling the sky with black soot.

What is “universal” in China is short life-spans! It is a miserable, unhealthy place. I have no interest in ever going back.

By contrast, people in India are friendly and very glad to see us (albeit also jammed-together). Lots of smiles, unlike China!

The exit from the airport baggage-claim is ‘guarded’ by a single man, in uniform (after a fashion), obviously bored to tears, and with a vintage Kalashnikov Rifle casually slung over his shoulder. No magazines/ammunition, not in the rifle, and not anywhere on him. No pistol either.

It seems Indians have ‘upgraded’ since the Mumbai terrorist attack of 2008. They’ve boldly moved from unloaded WW1 SMLE Endfields, to unloaded Kalashnikovs!

During the next Mumbai attack, they will find both equally useful!”


Travel offshore at your peril!

You can see how much the system “really cares” about you.

Very dangerous right now. You’re on your own!


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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Roger VM

I spent the last 20 years traveling throughout Asia, and having retired 2 years now can’t say I’m unhappy with staying closer to hearth and home. I can agree with one thing the author mentions and that is the rapidly deteriorating air quality in eastern regions of China, especially in the large metro areas. I believe this is largely due to coal burning and the incredible increase in cars and drivers of same. In 1996 they were just beginning the freeway system, which now is equivalent to what we have here … not surprising as they patterned it on ours.… Read more »

muz 17yr vet retired

Americans are not always welcomed everywhere
That is why a lot of Americans travel with Canadian flags on their bags
The Chinese have an expression “If you feed a wild dog, sooner or later it will bite you”
How would you feel if the Chinese navy was swanning around the USA, having military exercises with all your neighbors
For the record I don’t like visiting Beijing either

marc disabled vet

Travel anywhere today outside of
the USA and Canada You take your life,
and safety in your hands. Life is worth more .,
to Me than sightseeing or deal to be made .
Granted some travel is unavoidable .
Family problems in foreign country’s need to be
dealt with as fast and effectively as can be.
But honestly ! Do you really need to see
more than what is here in the USA.
I’ve been all over the world in service of our
country and was always glade just to be HOME !