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... to in life do we. :)
After checking into the hotel at around 6 pm we headed out to the local China Construction Bank ATM, which seems to be the best bank to withdraw money from if you have a foreign account. We tried Egg tarts and other cakes at a local bakery and walked the street markets buying toys, ice cream, and other gifts.
We have a long day tomorrow touring Confucius' home, temples, and grave.
... bought return tickets, to avoid being trapped by Aunt & Uncle and pressured into extending our stay.
It ended up being great, after a few odd hours sitting in their new "house" or apartment as we call it in the west, while every one else bustled around us getting the place set up, we were whisked away to a fantastic dinner which combined the giant lazy susan style dinner table with individual little hot pots. It was great, and as is the norm we ...
... 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 ...
... than others in China and the house really reflected that. The walls, ceiling, and light fixtures were adorned with matching designs that complimented the heavy wooden, traditional furniture in the dining and living room areas. The walls were decorated with tasteful traditional accents, and the shelves as well. Definitely the number one on my list of nicest Chinese homes visited!
That night, a lot of Chen Min's family joined ...
... find out the real scoop) that there would be masks provided at the door and the dress was casual. Well casual to me means that I can wear a dress, plus I didn't have any shirts to match my mask, so Chen Min and I took the guys to a downtown area filled with rows of various shops.
The guys were okay with coming, because they were both bound and determined to buy pink shirts. The amount of guys in China wearing pink shirts is like ...