Still Walking in Jinan

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October 11th 2012
Published: October 11th 2012
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<strong style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;">Still walking in Jinan I have only a half day teaching on Thursday, quick canteen lunch and I got back to the campus around 2pm. My little expat treat today was crackers with REAL cheese and tomatoes and plunger coffee. More walking today, between the huge amounts of veges I am eating and all the walking I should be getting thin!! T... Read Full Entry

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Many types of pathsMany types of paths
Many types of paths

Steeping stones
Don't get coldDon't get cold
Don't get cold

Chinese are obsessed with keeping warm to ward off germs. So bikes are equipped with these front jackets to ward off that dreaded ill wind.
Typical street sceneTypical street scene
Typical street scene

Murals in a side street

They looked like fishing boats, saw a man fishing too
Wooden walk waysWooden walk ways
Wooden walk ways

There are so many different styles of paths, using a variety of natural materials. Would love them to design an early childhood out door play area

11th October 2012

German influences? of course!
\" The Shandong province has a love of bread, steamed bread bun with meals, cake and bread products baked in mobile ovens and these displays. Wonder if this is the German influence in this region?\" --- Shangdong province, actually the entire Northern China, grows wheat, for errrr… 2,500 years to be conservative, being one of the earliest people growing wheat on the planet earth for that matter. And it happens that there are only 1 or 2 ways to make food out of wheat, namely baked or steamed bread, unless you reckon that the Chinese, being unoriginal as they are, must have “deep fired” wheat of course. Yes? If I may stretch your imagination, or common sense, a little bit further with permission, dare I say that it is logical and fair to conclude that when Confucius (a Shangdong native as you might not be aware) and his pals had dinners in somewhere 300 B.C., they ate wheat-based food (aka, baked and/or steam bread), since it was/is the only stable food that the region’s climate allows them to produce, which were mainly baked or steamed, am I correct? Now, unless you have sufficient evidences or some über 6th sense to indicate that Rudolfs and Hermans have been hanging out with and thereby profoundly influenced Wangs and Kongs somehow 2,500 years ago in pre-dynastic China, dare I reckon that narcissistic sense of humour of yours is perhaps not the best you are trying to offer? Oh wait a minute, you just said eels, snakes while insinuating caged squirrels for lunch? To avoid obvious and dispicable double-standard, those MUST be the French influence in the region, let's be honest once shall we?
12th October 2012

Interesting comment, thank you for the history lesson.Was not aware bread was such an important product in Chinese history.
11th October 2012

No, we haven't visited Jinan. Maybe next year - the parks do look very pretty. Take care...

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