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... picture taken with you at times makes one feel as though they are some kind of movie star. The Chinese people I have encountered on my time here in China have helped form a very positive outlook for me regarding the Chinese people. My next post I will update on some of my travels, places I would recommend seeing as well as some do and don’ts I have learnt during my time here. Please feel free to comment with any suggestions or if you would just like to commend the blog Peace out. ...
... and when I mentioned that I wanted to buy jade for my student's mothers and my family she got on her phone and called a friend who owned a Jade Shop! Guanxi or connections is what the Chinese refer to these relationships. In the U.S. we also have guanxi, but not as extensive.
She walked me out of the market and about half a mile to her friend's Jade Shop. She let me pick out about 30 pieces that were reasonably priced, drove ...
On our second day, instead of tempting fate and ludicrous crowds at the Great Wall, we toured a bit more of Beijing, stopping off at Tienanmen Square and then going to some other neat places my friend recommended including another "traditional" food street and dinner at a famous Peking Duck restaurant. That was a great meal, and it was really cool to have the guy come out in his chef whites and carve up the duck right at our table side. I took ...
... when hot water is poured over him. While Auntie cleaned the cups and leaves in preparation, she would dump the unusable water over the toad and make him light up with warmth! As her guests, we were served three kinds of delicious tea; oolong cha (乌龙茶: flower tea), hong cha （红茶: red tea), and pu'er cha (普洱茶: I'm not really sure what this tea really is). As if all that tea ...
... I guess the misunderstanding about when I was supposed to leave was a result of being lost in translation, and I could tell that Chen Min felt bad about it. So I sucked it up and left Zibo......again.
The small town that Chen Min's aunt lives in was a very nice change from Zibo, and the house that I stayed in was actually the nicest of three that they own. Her aunt and uncle work for the government, so they are little more ...