Monday, November 7, 2011

China Part 1

Hi Everyone!

How have you all been? China was wonderful! The trip was filled with family, travelling, and so much food that I'm quite happy to be able to workout again. Throughout the trip I've been on 5 planes, 3 ferries, 2 subways, and too many taxis to count. I have so many stories to tell and with my poor Chinese reading skills, I apologize if I am unable to answer questions relating to specific locations (store names, town names, etc.)

The trip began in Beijing. After a 13 hour flight via Air Canada, we stayed at a University campus close to where Tian's grandmother lives. I forget if I mentioned this before, but she was turning 88 years old and in China it's a really big year (Chinese people are very superstitious and 88 has two infinity signs).  I haven't been back to China in over 10 years, so it was impressive to see how metropolitan it had become. 

After landing, I had my first experience of the driving in China. I thought Toronto driving was bad, but after the 30 minute taxi ride from the airport to where we were staying, I thought at least 4 times we were going to get into a car accident. More on this later.

Here's a shot of the place setting from the restaurant we ate at in celebration of Tian's grandmother's birthday. The packet on the left is a wet nap, and I'm not particularly sure what that green substance is. It was either some sort of wasabi gel, or some sort of dip -- I just remember it wasn't sweet. If anyone knows what it is, please let me know!

The food at this restaurant was delicious! I particularly liked the table-side service for duck. I have some other photos of the food, but I'm sure you're all aware of the strange things that Chinese people eat and I thought it might be better if you didn't see certain things (for example frog leg stew). I have to admit that throughout this trip, I was not very adventurous with a lot of food. 

Another thing of note -- it was a bit frustrating eating in China because no one served cold water. If you ask for cold water at a restaurant, they will look at you with a "what is wrong with you" face. Everywhere only serves hot fluids since it is "soothing for the stomach." It was hard for me to eat the first few days since I drink truckloads of water when I eat a meal. To me, cold water is so refreshing. I ended up always carrying around a bottle of water for me before a meal. 

Sidenote: I also found this interesting. This is how you open a can of pepsi in China.

To be continued tomorrow with more food...

1 Comment:

Shelby Clark said...

Wow! What an amazing trip! I might be weird, but I think it'd actually be really interesting to see the frog leg stew! I love learning about different cultures. It is so cool that you got to completely submerge yourself! I am jealous!

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