It has been awhile since I have added anything to the blog so I am playing a little catch up. The next few photos are of everyday sights for us and then a little fall color from our campus.
Candy coated fruit on a stick
Our local garbage pickup - 3 wheeled electric cart.
Local family transportation
Water chestnuts (inside the mustache)
Wherever we go kids want to have their picture taken with us.
Near the University Hospital the street vendors have treats
to take the patients including bed pans and toilet paper.
This guy makes great sesame cracker bread!
We got to go to a performance of a Beijing Opera
type of performance and got the VIP treatment.
The producers want to take the show to America and wanted
the opinion of foreigners. We thought it was fabulous.
The girls that do the English Corner wanted to have
a Halloween party. We had over a hundred kids and
everyone had a great time carving pumpkins and
even bobbing for apples.
Some of my students are surgeons, they had a fun time.
Trip to Mt Tai
The university took the international teachers on a trip to Mt Tai,
a very famous mountain (5,000 ft) in China. Many Chinese make
pilgrimages to climb the mountain and even spend the night to
watch the sunrise.
You can take the stairs all the way to the top.
We took the gondola.
Once at the top of the gondola there is still quite a
a climb to the top.
Everyone wants to have their picture taken at a famous
stone near the summit.
One day on a walk to WalMart we discovered that
the Baotou Spring Park was all decked out for Fall
with chrysanthemums everywhere.
The city really keeps the parks looking beautiful.
Finally, we took a 16 cent bus ride to the museum
where there was an exhibit of European art including
a self-portrait of Leonardo Da Vinci. There were
also other very interesting Chinese exhibits.
We continue to have a great time discovering interesting
things in and around our city and are still having fun
with our wonderful students.