I honestly can't wait to get back to the mountains. I can almost smell them.
New Jersey skies are beyond squalid. I can't imagine the nights in China being any worse for astronomical observation than what we have here. For those of you that aren't in the know, things such as haze, street lights, atmosphere, and a plethora of other factors make for horrendous observation time. The worst part is that some of these factors can be subdued, but no one really cares enough to do anything about them. The weather is not controllable, and neither is haze. Public lighting, on the other hand, can be diverted to the ground (where it'll be more useful and efficient in energy usage) or they can be turned off when not needed. (I specifically have Manalapan Recreation Center in mind here.)
And people wonder why undetected asteroids are cruising through Russian skies: it's because to see something pitch black with little or no reflectivity from the ground is incredibly hard with dark skies, let alone skies that are so washed out that they may as well be afternoon skies. But no one cares because they feel it doesn't affect them.