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... she is not expecting a good tip! We head in the car for lunch at the Jade factory. We feel some hard salesmanship coming on! A nice young girl shows around, we see the Jade being carved and polished, a ball within a ball within a ball. This is painstaking work with peoples' hands constantly in water. We are surprised to see so many different colours of Jade, green, pink, white, orange, yellow and black. Rather surprisingly there is no hard sell, but we choose not to ...
... burning hot coals arrived and was placed within the open, circular space. A metal grille was placed on top and voila, we were ready to bbq! Cady, our tour guide took charge of roasting and we enjoyed a delicious lunch while chatting about various topics relating to economics, history and culture of China.
On my previous excursions to Beijing, the drum towers were closed for restoration, but since been completed and once again open to the public. Historically, ...
Back in Beijing, Jeff, ma and I tried to see some famous sites and mostly failed. The Forbidden City was forbidden on Monday's, Jeff wasted nearly two hours going back to our hostel to collect our forgotten yet un-required passports, the Bell Tower and Drum tower were building sites and Donghyamen Night Market, a huge food market, was only discovered after we had given up on the prospect of eating dinner. Any remaining appetite was silenced ...
... to our roots. We ordered a platter of spreads, a mushroom burger and a pizza followed by some chocolate cake and complimented by a cider for Martin and a hot chocolate for me. Everything was handmade on site – even their ketchup and vegan mayonnaise. It was all excellent and really made us feel like we were home again. We had set up a specific time to meet Mark so we went back to the apartment to wait until he was back in his office. Once ...
... Much of it is done with a group of people, a community, singing together just to be around one another, share music, and drink tea. There are no soloists apart from the instructor. Everyone sings the same line, the same lyrics, and the same melody at the same time, so the atmosphere is very communal. As I have noticed with much of Chinese music, Kunqu is not vertically based (with chords) but horizontally based (with strict melodic lines played with different voices in ...