Recent Activities in Beijing
Trip Start Feb 27, 2013
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Thanksgiving was over the weekend, which for the 20 previous years in my life meant absolutely nothing. This year, however, my American friend Taylor invited us to join her celebrate. From watching movies, the idea of Thanksgiving I had was that the family sat around a beautifully set table, eating a large turkey and all sorts of other dishes. Taylor managed to buy a turkey for us, which was so big, it required two ovens to cook it. Ovens in China, however, are not like the ones back home. They are about microwave sized, and portable. Taylor cooked us an amazing feast of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pies for dessert. The rest of us brought some food to share as well. It was an amazing dinner, as for this American holiday, so many cultures blended together to celebrate
Ian and Emily took me out again on one of out fun adventures. This time, we went to a museum set up temporarily which showcases 3D paintings. The paintings are painted to look like the are coming out of the picture frames, and are painted in a way which encourages visitor interactions. They had photos next to the painting which advised you the best way to pose, and so when photographed, it looks like you're interacting with whatever character. I had so much fun pretending to accept a bunch of flowers from an 1800s woman, or waving a red cloth to attract a bull. The museum wasn't very busy, either, so there was no competition or waiting to pose in front of the pictures
Last Wednesday, I went to the Tap Water Museum. Named as one of the weirdest museums, it was one my friends and I had been jokingly talking about going to for a long time. We finally decided to just go for it this day, and made our way over there. It is quite an unknown museum to most people, as it is hidden in an apartment complex area. The tickets were only about $1, but we used our student cards and got in for half price....every little bit counts!
The museum itself was surprisingly professionally set up. I'm not sure what I really expected, but I wasn't expecting so much display for a museum dedicated to the water supply in Beijing. Beijing is not close to any major water source, so the water must be pumped in from the nearest mountains. It is quite a big feat to have all the infrastructure to allow so much water for the city. Our guide was someone who was particularly passionate about Beijing's water supply, and she showed us around all the displays and what they meant. It was an interesting little expedition, and although I probably wouldn't recommend you to go to it if you are in Beijing for a short time, as it is not the most fascinating museum, but I liked that they even had a museum dedicated to teaching where the water comes from, which is something that people take for granted when they turn on the tap.