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Hello again! This is the crazy food post. It was a lot of fun trying all these different types of food I never imagined I would come across. I also ate turtle, bullfrog, seaweed, squid, jellyfish, pig ear, and many more different kinds of intestines, but I tried to limit it to ten photos. If you want to see a few more photos, check out this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5dhtnc9s70qvn1a/AADQhAIA-rkPcJ97htp9r9Mfa

Cow throat

Cow stomach

Duck tongue

Pig brain

Eel

Shark stomach

Duck blood soup (the chunks of red is the blood)

Sea cucumber

Intestines

Intestines

This is the second of two Chengdu posts. I just posted the first one a minute ago. Chengdu is also famous for its panda preserve. It is the only one like it in the world. They research and breed pandas. All the pandas in every zoo in the world are rented from this place. It was really amazing to not only see pandas, but to see them so active. Normally animals in zoos are boring, but here there were so many and most were running around playing and climbing trees and eating bamboo. It was very cool. Also there were lots of peacocks all over the place.

I am back home now, but I have many more posts I’d like to make. Here is the first of two posts on Chengdu. While I was there, I stayed with a friend from Kent State who is back home on summer break. The second picture is of his family. 

For the first meal, we had Chengdu’s famous spicy hotpot. With hotpot, there is a burner in the table, and a pot of water with spices and all sorts of other flavorings is placed on top and brought to a boil. The food is brought to you raw, and you cook it yourself in the boiling pot. Many of the meats we had that day were organs. The last hotpot photo is cow stomach.

Chengdu is also famous for the people in parks who will clean your ears. It was actually pretty popular, but I did not try it.

I am only a few days away from coming home! It has been a while since my last post, so I wanted to get something up. A lot has happened since Beijing. I took the final exams, then went to a nearby mountain for a few days, then returned to Nanchang for the semester completion ceremony, and now I am in Chengdu with a friend who’s family is in Chengdu, transferred to Kent State, and he is back for summer break. I am staying with him and his family, and he is showing me the city.

The first couple photos are some classmates and the teacher from one of my Chinese language classes (I took three different Chinese language courses.) Then a few from the mountain, and the last is of me and my friend and some of his friends in Chengdu.

I will post a lot more once I get home and have more time to edit photos and things. I’ve got a lot of posts I have been wanting to make about life in China and all the unusual food I have eaten. (For example, today I ate pig brain.)

See you all soon!

The first of two posts about Beijing. Stan is currently on a business trip in Beijing, so he came a little early so we could hang out for a few days! It was really great to see him! We got together with a former grad student of his, Didi (who I got together with last summer when I was here), and we went to my favorite place: fragrance hill. In the lower post you will see that this was by far the best weather out of my three trips. 

Later, Didi’s husband joined us for hotpot. Hotpot is a classic meal in China and is really great. There is this pot with boiling water that has a lot of spices and flavorings, often split into two sides, one spicy one mild.

On Monday Stan had to start work, so I got together with a friend I made last summer. I did not have any birthday cake on my birthday, but I did have birthday waffles.

Despite Beijing being an enormous city, there aren’t really a lot of tall buildings. The city just spreads over a large area. But it is still really crowded. But anyway this is the view from our hotel, one of the few tall buildings. It was shockingly clear. Even if there is not much pollution, it is still usually very foggy. So this was great. No pollution and no fog. One of those mountains in the distance is Fragrance Hill. On Monday, the weather was clear, but in just one night, the pollution situation took a turn for the worse.

Each time I climbed Fragrance Hill, I took pretty much the same photo. Not on purpose. But it is cool because now you can see the difference in weather. The first one was what I considered great weather for Beijing. I even took photos of just the sky because I was so happy to see it. The second time I went with a friend and didn’t wait for better weather. The third photo in the set is of this trip. It was really spectacular.

The most famous modern building in Beijing is the CCTV Tower (China Central Television).

I just got back from a trip to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and now I am in Beijing with Stan! I have been so busy lately. I have been traveling a lot and this coming week I have to make a presentation in each of my three non-language courses, and the week after is finals week.

The first photo is the Guangzhou Tower. It was pretty great, but the view from the top was mostly blocked by this ball ride thing. 

The photo of the food is “dim-sum” classic southern breakfast food. It includes a large variety of small dishes that you can either order on a menu or, like at this location, pick from a pile of food that has already been made.

In Shenzhen, we first went to the “Window of the World.” It has a bunch of mini replicas of major sites from around the globe. It was kind of silly seeing all these things which I have actually seen in real life.

The next day we went to the bay. You could see Hong Kong from across the water (not pictured, it was kind of far away and all plain residential buildings.)

Later that day we climbed a hill in the middle of the city. Sadly the night view was not so great because they didn’t turn on all the lights in order to save energy.

I ate soup that had shark stomach in it.

Thanks to Stan’s recommendation, one of my main destinations was this dumpling feast restaurant.

The appetizer was really good just by itself. The food in front is fish. It was shockingly good. I can’t describe it. They also brought fruit for dessert. 

Frog

Walnut

Lotus Root and pork

Egg and vegetable (fried)

Pork and fa cai (hair vegetable)

Shrimp

Tomato

In the end they brought us a big plate of dumplings to fill up on. They were somewhat plain compared to the fancy ones we just ate, but were still better than any other dumplings I have eaten before that day. They were things like ham and corn and vegetable. There were several other varieties of fancy dumplings that we ate. Most notable was the spicy fish dumpling.

I am back from Xi’an! The most important site was the Terra-Cotta Warriors, so I’ll start there.

This army of clay soldiers was built in 210 BC to protect the emperor Qin in his afterlife and found in 1974 by a farmer digging a well.

We went on a sunday, so no one was working, but normally there are lots of people hard at work putting the pieces of broken soldiers back together. 

All the warriors were painted, but not much color remains.

The wide photo and the one before it is of all the many warriors have been put back together.

I went with my friend Jun from Shenzhen (next to Hong-Kong).

Early tomorrow morning I will be leaving for Xi’an! 700 miles northwest of Nanchang, an hour and a half flight. But first I thought I’d put up some photos of my life in Nanchang.

So far these are the only photos I have from the singing competition. 

There are a lot of ping-pong tables at my university’s rec center. These are some friends I played with the other day.

There is currently a soccer tournament being held at my university. Each college has a team. Even with every guy in the international school being on the team, our team was still too small. So we got some Chinese guys to be on our team. But still our team is small. When you count out all the injuries, there are only about two people available as subs. Games are two 45 minute halfs with a 10 minute halftime. It is very exhausting, but lots of fun. The girl in the photo held our sign for the opening ceremony. We have played two games so far. We won the first match 2-0, but lost the second 2-1. Sadly I will not be there for the next game (I’ll be in Xi’an), and that game will decide whether or not we continue to the next round.

There are lots of really cool people in the international school. This is Oscar from Mexico.

More photos from Hangzhou! On the second full day we took a boat ride (photos in previous post), and then to these grottos with Buddhas carved into the hillside. There were also some temples there including one with the biggest indoor sitting Buddha. 

Then we went to an amazing show with all sorts of dancing and fighting and special effects.

We had these special seats, and one part of the performance was about tea. At the end of that part, they pretty much stopped the show to bring us in the fancy seats tea. Everyone was staring at us haha.

Finally photos from Hangzhou that are not food! First an introduction:

Hangzhou is 350 miles east of Nanchang. It took four and  a half hours by high speed train. It was no bullet train, but still pretty fast. It’s max cruising speed was around 110 mph. For reference, I put red squares on Beijing (top), Shanghai (middle), and Hong-Kong (bottom).

The first photo is a panorama of the whole west lake (the main attraction in Hangzhou). It was taken from the top of the tower in the second photo. The lake is mostly natural, but over the years (starting about 800 AD.) it has been expanded, deepened, and build with that dirt are some artificial islands and a walkway across the lake.

There are many farms in the lake for plants and fish.

The final photo is the view from the balcony on the 6th floor lounge in our hotel.

First and second are shrimp and fish that were caught in the West Lake (the main scenic spot in Hangzhou). Next three are beef, celery, and chicken. Then tofu pudding and mushroom soup. And finally for dessert we had these soft rice cakes and fruit.

People will tell you Hangzhou is one of the most beautiful places in China. It was beautiful, but my favorite part was seeing old friends and eating amazingly delicious food. This meal was so big I have to break it into two posts. We had our own private room and waitress. These four dishes were the first course. Also important was the wine and local juice, which I do not have specific pictures of but you can see them in the first photo.

I was just in Hangzhou for the labor day holiday. I took a lot of photos. I should have more ready by tomorrow, but here are some now. Food and flower photos are fun and easy, so they usually come first. I am shocked at how many flower photos I have taken in China. There are just so many great looking flowers.

This cafe was fantastic. And silly. In the second cafe photo, that poster on the right is backwards.

Since coming to China, I have developed a love for waffles. Most cafes have them as dessert, and a few have some especially good waffles. This was a Macha (type of tea) waffle. It was green, which can be seen in the last photo.