Hey, sorry about that - I didn't really feel like writing anymore of the blog last night...so now I am continuing!
2. BEIJING TRIP CONTINUED
So also on Sunday when we visited the Great Wall and saw the kungfu show, I also went to eat Peking Duck with my parents and Kyle. We went to this cute restaurant and the food was so good! We ate duck, corn pancake things, beef and many more things..So good!
We also went out that night...the club scene in Bejing is completely different than the one in Nanjing - Nanjing is so much better!
Monday --- We went to see Tianenman Square, Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. I liked the Summer Palace best because it was really pretty and was more a girl's home than a guy's home (the empress lives in the Summer Palace while the emperor lives in the Forbidden City). In the middle of the palace was a big lake - we took a dragon boat ride through it - lots of fun!
After the tours were done with for the day, my mom and I went to yet another market and we bought more clothes for me! I missed shopping with my mommy! We then went to my mom's hotel and had dinner with my dad - their hotel was in the french district, so naturally I had french food: Crouque Monsieur! It was soo good but the best one I have ever had was in Rockefeller Center in NYC, surprisingly not one of the ones I have had in Paris!
Tuesday --- We visited the Temple of Heavens and took a tour through the Hutongs - this is an interesting area in Beijing. If you look at my pictures, you will see a couple of doors with interesting marks on them. Each family in the Hutongs is classified by marks on their doors. Sticks stick out of the door and depending on how many there are, the better the family is. The highest number is 4 and the lowest is 0. Also the level of the stoop determines the class too - the higher the stoop, the better the family is. One other thing we heard is that if are certain designs on the doors, then that means someone important lives there - one of the pictures shows a shape on the door and that means a military official lives there. There is your lesson for the day!
After the tours this day, what did I do? I went back to Silk Street and bought about 15 other things!! I really love shopping, and having amazing discounts is awesome!!
Well anyways, we all got on a train back to Nanjing at 9.30pm. This time, the train was really nice and we had tv's on each of our beds! So, the other girls and I all watched a couple movies on the way back and then slept. We got back to Nanjing at around 5.30am.
The rest of that day, I just hung out, slept and worked on my paper.
I had a lot of fun in Beijing and hope to go back again someday.
3. NITH VISIT
On Friday, the other interns and I went to visit the Nanjing Institute of Tourism and Hospitality. We went for a little party - it was to celebrate Mid-Autumn Day which was going to be September 22. We went and the students had prepared songs for us - they sang some songs in English for us and were actually pretty good. We ate food and played games and then visited one of the dorms to see where the students lived - 4 boys in one room with mosquito nets covering their beds. They also had a private bathroom and it was disgusting! Sink, toilet and shower - the shower was in between the sink and toilet..it was just the floor, so everything in the room would get wet from there! Well anyways it was a fun trip, and we promised the students that the next time we saw them we would perform Chinese songs for them...we shall see if that comes through!
Sorry to do this again, but I am going to continue tomorrow - I have to work on some more of my research project now.
Love from China,
An Bi Liu (Blair Andrews)