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Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao October 16th 2009

Jim has had to work 8 days straight after the Chinese Holiday, so we have just done some local things. The last day of his vacation time, we went out with a couple of new friends, Julie and Tina. We went to Guhua Park, which I have written about a couple of times before. Leah wanted to go back and rent a boat. This time, Julie and Tina sat in the front with Leah while Jim and I "relaxed" in the back - actually, we didn relax a lot! It was quite crowded being a holiday, and Leah kept running into things, but it was fun! Then we went to the amusement area and only had time to ride the bumper cars before it closed. Julie and Tina had never done this before and we managed ... read more
Chinese Girls
Guhua Park
Julie and Tina

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao October 5th 2009

i am posting this a while after we actually got to China and went to Suzhou, but I am horrible at keeping up my blog. I am leaving on the original date so you can see when we went to Suzhou. After the first few days of being in China the National Holiday and Mid-Autumn Festival started and my dad got time off. So we went to Suzhou for the holiday. My next few posts will be about Suzhou. The day after we got to Suzhou we went to Shantang Street, it is an old shopping street. There were a lot of little stores and booths, and some people lived on Shantang Street ( the people who owned or worked at the stores and booths and some others). There were people selling food and there were ... read more
the entrance to shantang street
canal boats
part of shantang street

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao October 1st 2009

We are finallly in China! it was about 14 hours from Chicago to China. We had a long delay in Chicago though. I took a bunch of cloud pictures on the flight. when we started to land (they start doing a gradual descent about half an hour before you land) we went through so many layers of clouds, I counted close to 7 layers! the clouds were very pretty, they looked like lands of snow with snow covered rocks! ... read more
town from airplane
another view

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao September 30th 2009

It was a LONG trip, but we made it! It took 26 hrs from the time we left home until we arrived at our Chinese "home." Our flight in Chicago was delayed because they had to do some repairs, but I won't complain, I'm always thankful that they find these problems and fix them while we are on the ground! The plane wasn't full, so the seat next to us was empty and we were able to sprawl out and relax a little better than usual. By the way, if anyone is ever flying from US to Asia, check out I booked our flight through them and saved $700 for the exact same flights we had last time. Leah had gotten a new camera before we left, a Panasonic Lumix ZS3 (it's a fantastic camera!), ... read more
Dragon statue

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao June 26th 2009

We have returned from China and are actually now in Alaska! I decided to post one last bunch of pics from China before moving on to the Alaska pics! Before leaving China, we took Leah back to the Tea House where Jim had taken me for my birthday. We sat in the main part, at an upper level table where we could look over most of the tea house. It was great, we just relaxed and chatted. Leah walked around and took some pictures, but many turned out dark. We even got to see the bird that says "nie hao."... read more
Jim and Leah at Tea House
Old Picture

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao June 10th 2009

This past weekend, we went back to Guhua Park (which I wrote about earlier) both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, we caught a cab, showed the taxi driver a picture of the park sign from when we were there before and it worked - we got there! We first had lunch at the restaurant next to the park, which we now know is called U.N.D.C. Coffee in English. After lunch, we walked through some areas of the park where we hadn’t been before and then went to the amusement park area. Jim and Leah went on some rides, then we walked a little more until we realized that the park was closing (at 4:30). A security guard led us to the exit because we weren’t sure how to get out from where we were! We walked a ... read more
Interesting menu!
U.N.D.C. Coffee  Restaurant
U.N.D.C. Coffee

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao June 8th 2009

Thanks to all of you who sent me birthday wishes - early, late or on time! It does get confusing sometimes trying to remember the time difference! My actual birthday was a pretty plain day - Sammy took Leah and I to the grocery store, but Jim had a customer in from Germany, so he didn't come home for lunch or dinner! We saw him for about half an hour before he left to go out to dinner. After returning from dinner, he had a conference call to the US, so Leah and I watched a Scooby-Doo movie we had bought - which I couldn't even stay awake through! Friday night we celebrated my birthday. Horton picked us all up, then dropped Jim and I off for dinner and took Leah to his house to play ... read more
Honeysuckle tea
Hot Water

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao June 7th 2009

Xiaotang is what everyone calls a “ small” town and is just a 5-10 minute walk from where we are living. This is where the other people who live here do their shopping. King Kong, who works with Jim, and his girlfriend, Miracle, walked to Xiaotang (pronounced show -like in cow - tahng) with us one night. Once we left the Ace gates, we heard music and saw a group of people across the street. They were standing in the driveway of a Honda dealer and we were told that these were the employees of that company and they were doing their “performance” as an advertisement. They were pretty good and definitely attracting attention. King Kong said that in the 3 years he has lived there, this was the first time he ever saw them doing ... read more
shop in Xiaotang
Xiaotang fast food
TV in Xiaotang

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao June 4th 2009

June 1st is International Children's Day. Although the info I found online says that it is recognized in the USA, I have never heard of any type of celebration where I've lived - has anyone else? The people here were surprised to hear that we didn't really celebrate Children's Day in the USA, they thought it was a big, worldwide celebration! It seems to be a very big day here in China. Leah and I were invited to join in the celebration at a local elementary school in Nanqiao. I don't know the name of the school where we were, but it is over 200 years old, and supposedly the best in Nanqiao. The school was made up of a number of different buildings, a smaller courtyard area and a large open area, all kind of ... read more
Before program
National Anthem
School Master speaking

Asia » China » Shanghai » Fengxian » Nanqiao May 31st 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009 was Dragon Boat Festival, or Duan Wu Jie, one of thre three biggest holidays celebrated in China. It falls on the 5th day of the 5th month on the lunar calendar and is therefore also sometimes called the Double Fifth Festival. This festival is actually celebrated to mourn for a man who died more than 2000 years ago (278BC)! He was Qu Yuan, a poet, writer, a patriotic officer who challenged corruption, and was very popular with the common people. When the Dynasty he served was defeated, he committed suicide by drowning himself in the river. Supposedly, the people hurried out on the river in their boats, beating drums to scare away the fish and feeding Zong zi to those that wouldn't be scared away so that they wouldn't eat Qu Yuan's ... read more
Zong zi
Zong zi
Zong zi

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