Somerset Zhongguancun Beijing
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... about the government run factory before we arrived. On a tribal a lady in a suit took over the tour, escorting us through and pointing out workers shaping and carving a happiness ball out of jade rock. These popular balls symbolise family happiness. It's a ball within a ball. Within a ball and this can go on 9 times. The process is shown to us and then we move on to learn how to distinguish between fake and real jade. Jade is transparent, cold, with ...
... and critical thinking, but the students were actually excited to talk in class and were not afraid to ask questions. To my surprise and frustration, the whole week was really disorganized though- I never knew where I would be teaching, the schedule was always running behind, etc. Apparently it's normal for things to be disorganized and running late here.
-China is extremely stratified by class, and the gap between rich and poor is palpable. In Vietnam, ...
... check luggage as well as a carry on bag. All the stairs really worked us, but we finally made it to the airport transit where we could sit for a little while on the way to the airport. Once at the airport we had to go through about 4 different security checks. We then had a really good Chinese meal and made our way to the gate. Even after the gate we had to go through another security check before we could get on the plane. Finally we were all on the plane and on our way back ...
... aim for big dishes to share like soups, they are filling and cost little. Chinese use every part of the animal so intestines, liver, head, bones are common ingredients. Menu translation in English can be hilarious ("boiled stew of bacteria" was one).
China to sum it up is a work in progress but i surprise myself to think that it's getting there.
Next on the agenda is the Great Wall.
Last hours in Beijing before ...
... one worked with me. There was this really cool silk tapestry that I wanted and I asked the man how much it was. He tells me that they usually cost 120元, but he'll give me mine for 95元. This is when I begin to think...Chris also bought tapestries from here as well, but they were made of paper and costed 30元. There was no way a silk one would be 3 times as more. But, while I am thinking, the man is already rolling up the tapestry ...