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Travel Blogs from Changchun
... European style rather than
traditional Chinese. John had taken us out at lunchtime to a cafe and
we bought a hot-dog pancake roll from a street vendor on the way which
was delicious. In the evening he took us down to a really typical
Chinese area with tiny shops and street food and market stalls lining
the roadside. Very ...
We woke up to a lovely sunny day. Had a lovely breakfast in the hotel and then walked down the block to Changchun Zoo. We had hoped to see some pandas, but were unlucky. Several of the animals were in very small cages and it was a bit distressing, particularly the poor polar bear.
We walked back down the road by the hotel and went to the shopping area. Ended up having a Burger King for lunch. We did some shopping. I bought a ...
Our favourite little restaurant opposite the Noble Hotel in Changchun. The food in the north of China is very spicy and they make the most fantastic spicy chips! The staff are so friendly and it is always full of Chinese eating their meals. As we walked out the staff were preparing the ...
... Afterwards we were invited to go behind the screen and have a go at working the puppets, not as easy as they made it look!
Today has been a full day of visiting the sights, with our guide and driver. Driving, in both shanghai and Beijing, is pretty hairy. Cars swoop from lane to lane with little warning, scooters and bikes ignore any traffic signals, and I anticipate an accident at any moment!
Our first stop was The Temple ...
... have complete free time to wander the city without the pressures of class work or teachers or the politics of the school. A lot of us are planning to go out and buy specific things (I plan on sniffing out chopsticks) and possibly trying out some traditional Chinese medicine. On the menu tonight is sushi as a celebratory dinner. By the way, sushi here is so much cheaper than in America and it's not super sketchy, either.
I have one more throwback ...