What’s for dinner?

…and breakfast? And lunch? The food in China is a bit different from the typical Kung Pao Chicken from your favorite Chinese restaurant down the road in the US. There are plenty of options for all tastes and preferences (I’m a vegetarian!) in Hunan province. The food is generally pretty spicy, but our food at the hotel and around town has been fairly mild. Choices include: fried eggs, boiled sweet potatoes, stir-fried rice, stir-fried bok choy, “shao bing,” fried taro, tofu different ways, noddle soup, stinky tofu, stir-fried eggplant, vegetable soup, rice porridge, dumplings, “baozi,” noodles, sliced cucumber with bean paste, fried onions, and, of course, watermelon, watermelon, and more watermelon. In short, we are eating well.

Here is a look at some of the food we have eaten or simply admired on our journey.

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Our Last Day in China

Our last day was spent doing one of the group’s favorite activities: shopping! After checking out the Beijing 798 Art Zone, we hit up the famous Pearl Market to do last-minute shopping. 

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

 

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

Art Street in Beijing

Showing off the purchases at the pearl market

Showing off the purchases at the pearl market

Last dinner in China!

Last dinner in China!

Last dinner in China!

Last dinner in China!

Last dinner!

Last dinner!

Our tour guide, Charlie.

Our tour guide, Charlie.

Beijing Airport

Beijing Airport

Beijing Airport...packing all of our new purchases

Beijing Airport…packing all of our new purchases

Closing Ceremony

The closing ceremony took place at the Beijing Royal School on our final night in China. We watched performances from all seven groups (the 600 American students were divided into seven groups that went to seven cities for their trip and reunited back in Beijing) and reflected on our experience. Our “Hunan 3” group had three ladies in the Hunan dance. Well done, ladies!

Check out the Chinese Bridege website (http://bridge.chinese.cn/camp/) to see more photos from the closing ceremony. The website will be updated in September with the video. 

Hunan 3 Display

Hunan 3 Display

Looking lovely

Looking lovely

at the closing ceremony

At the closing ceremony

At the closing ceremony

At the closing ceremony

Spicy!

Spicy!

Hunan 3 Performance

Hunan 3 Performance

Tiananmen Square

I think I’m finally over jet lag, and I don’t have any good excuses to delay posting these photos anymore. On Wednesday July 30, we took a bus to the center of the city to see Tiananmen Squarethe Forbidden City, and check out the National Museum of China. It’s hard to believe we’ve been back in Seattle now for more than a week. 

Just look at the crowds in Tiananmen Square!

Just look at the crowds in Tiananmen Square!

Walking through Tiananmen Square

Walking through Tiananmen Square

Surveillance at Tiananmen Square.

Surveillance at Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square.

Our group at Tiananmen Square!

Our group at Tiananmen Square!

Notice the random woman on the right who wanted to join our group's photo.

Notice the random woman on the right who wanted to join our group’s photo.

Lead the way!

Lead the way!

The gate to the Forbidden City from across the street in Tiananmen Square

The gate to the Forbidden City from across the street in Tiananmen Square

 

 

Almost home!

What an amazing couple weeks it has been. I plan to upload a few more photos once I am back in Seattle, but here is one more pic before we head to the Pearl Market and then head on a plane back to LA and then Seattle! See you Friday night!

The Great Wall!

The Great Wall!

Last Day in Chansha

We are leaving for Beijing this afternoon, and many of us are feeling mixed emotions to leave such a fun place with blue skies and great food and friends. We’re excited to see a performance tonight in Beijing, see Tiananmen Square and the City center on Wednesday, see the Great Wall on Thursday, and then go to the Pearl Market on Friday and head back to LA and then (finally!) Seattle.

The internet connection at the Beijing Royal School is very poor, so I might not be able to update often.

We will miss Hunan University!

We will miss Hunan University and Changsha!

Farewell from Mr. Zhou, the director of our program at Hunan da xue.

Farewell from Mr. Zhou, the director of our program at Hunan da xue.

One last trip to the mall...on public transportation this time.

One last trip to the mall…on public transportation this time.

Washington-State students in front of Seattle-based Starbucks...in China. Our last trip to the mall.

Washington-State students in front of Seattle-based Starbucks…in China. Our last trip to the mall.