I had the pleasure of an unexpected port-call in a large port city on mainland China in the summer of 1998.
All the people I encountered there were exceedingly friendly and helpful.
One moped taxi driver happily encouraged me to inform all my American brethren that the Chinese really are free there ... free to drive on any part of the road they desire! (Flexible!)
Awesome food, night life and curio shopping back then in 1998.
Thanks for posting the link to your rally adventure. I've had a yearning desire to be a rally driver for a long time. How did you get involved with this rally to begin with?