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Published: November 7th 2005
the weekend for the trs were spent exploring the first water village - the beautiful Zhou Zhuang - which coincidentally is the hometown of our hosting school principal, Mr Shen. He personally showed us around the town and along the way i get to know lotsa chinese history and culture...hmm...n inevitably practising my chinese...
in fact my listening compre has improved tremendously...*grin but there again..my ego was busted when my colleague told the truth...that i still have a limited repertoire of chinese phrases...okay...i got that..teresa...i would i improve my mandarin 😊
we also visited "Hu Qiu" - which literally means tiger hill..and guess what..it has a leaning tower - like that of Pisa, Italy...all thrown in foc...so u get to see a hill, a tower, a special pool that is called the "Jian Ci" - which means means "pool that stores the swords"...apparently during the olden days...swords are gifts to the kings and a good sword is equivalent to having security..*grin...
in Zhou Zhuang - i introduced teresa to the horrendously fat oozing pig's trotters - which is actually a delicacy..in fact they are vacuumed packed for export...it is named after a famous rich guy in Zhou Zhuang
teresa eating a " hu lu" sweet
i intro teresa to "hu lu" sweet..which is actually sugar coated "san cha" ...but from the pix..u might think she's blowing her hand...*grin
- "Shen Wan San" and it's called "Wan San Ti" and at the museum - there were 4 or 5 different theories of how he got rich :
theory 1 - he married a rich wife (that sounds contemporary 😊
theory 2 - he met a "shen sian" ie a fairy who told him some secret formula
fav theory - he was a pirate of sorts n do trading - all the way to java, malaysia etc...and he didn't pay his taxes !!!
unfortunately Mr Shen Wan San didn't get to live to a ripe old age..he was exiled to Yunnan as he did the politically uncorrect thing - a terrible mistake - by building and completing the wall 3 days before the emperor did (both he and the emperor were given half a wall each to build) ...hmmm..which shows that EQ is still an impt component in the days of old....take heed nygh gals...and learn from his mistake !!!
enuff of rambling...have fun taking a look at the pix 😊
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