Trip 3 June 31st - July 9th Part 2

A rather late part two, but here it is!
It’s mostly meals, so prepare for food!

Now, our first stop was a lunch at the mall. Now I know a mall doesn’t seem like a place to get fancy foods, but this mall had some pretty expensive restaurants up top!

The mall had this Plants vs Zombies set up~!

That I had some fun with~

Now to the restaurant we go~








Oh how I love yams~~


Some more peking duck~
Now there were two expensive dishes at this meal that few people care to spend the money on to eat. One is the sea cucumber, which all the men at the table got, while the women got…

Pawpaw fruit filled with a Sparrow’s spit and nest~
The sparrow spit and nest is considered to help a woman’s beauty, while the pawpaw fruit is supposed to increase breast size.


A cooked puffer fish~



And dessert~

Now our next top had been a boring long wait for the father to go to a business meeting. After sitting about his office for a while we were finally off to head to a dinner~











Cute little pumpkin baozu~

Now thats it for now! Await more posts soon~

Trip 3 June 31st - July 9th Part 1

So its been a while since my last update, but I do have a few events to go through!
Beware, plenty of food this go around!
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Here’s a quick breakfast we had one morning~ This is a common ‘fast food’ in China for breakfast. A nice sort of wrap that you will with veggies, meats, or eggs~

Now onward to a day at a mall~ Not too many pictures, but a few fun ones~
We started the day early, heading off around nine with a family friend and traveled about all day looking at clothing, trying a few things on here or there, or merely finding things to laugh at.
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There was this funny store called Hipanda in the malls, I really enjoyed all their angry looking panda shirts!image
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A really weird and kind of ugly store! They have only shirts and things of these ugly three-eyed monsters! Not something i would wear about…image
A dress Liaoda made me try on…image
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And here is our KFC lunch~
KFC in China is so busy! Many time if you do not send a person running in as others stand in line, you do not get a seat for a good thirty minutes or more. Lucky for us, as we wandered about, I quickly shoved everyone to a spot as soon as it opened up!
People even try to steal chairs if no one is sitting in them, had to keep our eyes open to protect Liaoda’s chair as he went to the long line.
After this lunch was more shopping, then a long 30 minute bus ride home~

A day of rest passed, and soon we were off for more adventures! This on happened to be going to another farm! However this was more of a kind trip to go picking through their fields for free food~image
Now, all of us had to wear funny little hats to keep the fun from our eyes.
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Me standing next to tall corn~
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My next to a big pumpkin of sorts~
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Tumblr…likes to take my pictures and turn them around for fun.
Enjoy an upsidedown onion field.


Eggplants~








A little eggplant growing~



Some peas~


Cucumbers~




A funny looking cucumber…
Little pepper~








So many bags of food!
Some goats they had~
Their german shepard~

Potato and Onion harvesting~






After an hour or so in the hot sun we went off to a restaurant famous for its dumplings~




Some tasty liver~

Some scary fish with sharp teeth…

Pumpkin~



And a nice fruit dessert as always~

Now, more to come in part 2!

Trip 3 June 28th - June 30th Part 4

Ah, and it finally comes time to view the lotus flowers!
Of course we are a tad early, they tend to be in full bloom around the end of july.
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Here is a better shot of those helpful fishing birds~image
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Nice guy held up his bird for me~
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We stopped for a quick snack as it was very hot out!
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A three faced Buddha~image
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And now it was time to head off to dinner before a 3 hour ride home~
But wouldn’t you know it, our boat ran out of gas!
Lucky for us we were traveling with the other boat. A quick roping us to the other boat, and we were back on our way.


In the restaurant we went to there was a nice old instrument in the VIP room~

As well as a throne for an emperor!


Or perhaps it is my rightful throne~



In here our poor driver slept for a bit since he only got those two hourss of sleep!

The character on this vase is four characters in one!
Cool looking light!


Some tasty eggplant~












Finally we were off!
and after a long car ride, we returned home around 11:30 pm!
Boy did it feel great to shower off the day’s sweat!
Until next time!

Trip 3 June 28th - June 30th Part 3

So onward we go about the lake, alowly making out way to the lotus viewing locations and stopping for random shows and we go~
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A croc guy that we only saw the end of the show.
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Some interesting bike riding people~
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An armless man lighting a cigarette with his feet.
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Sewing a button onto a cloth.
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And writing with his feet.
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And riding a bike~
On to the next show!
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Such lovely gals, right? Well all these women are from Tailand, but for one, and they aren’t only women! They’re hermaphrodites~
But theyre beautiful anyway!image
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The show’s host~image
These girls danced to ‘Don’t cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me,’ not sure what the real title is but, still, a funny song to dance to~
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This one liked to come up to the audience, even had a guy kiss her~image
This is your usual gal who was born male but always wanted to be female. Nothing too special.
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She could also sing in a very high girly voice, as well as a low man voice~image
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They also had two Russian women who did mud fights… image
Also a ‘volunteer’ who wanted to fight a girl.

On from there we went~image
Some duck eggs~image
An old grain grinder~
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And a small museum thing of the lake’s culture and history.image
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These little figures are a little band~
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The top row is pictures made out of the lake reeds~
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Some old marriage rides, people would carry them with the bride inside~image
A lion head for the lion dance costume~image
Some nets they use for fishing.
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Something used to bring water to other places~
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The godparents and their driver~
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Sadly Liaoda wouldn’t get on with me!
And here another show began~
Though it wasn’t very interesting. I only tried to take images of the martial arts parts.
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And now we were off to grab some lunch!

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Here is a fisher man with his faithful birds. These birds help catch fish in return for treats, and just three can feed a family~image
Some more nets they use~image
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Alright!
Part 4 coming up with some beautiful lotus flowers~

Trip 3 June 28th - June 30th Part 2

Alright!
Awake bright and early at 5:30 am! We showered and prepared for a quick breakfast at the hotel before checking out and getting on our way.
Our poor driver, however, only got two hours of sleep claiming the other driver snored far to loudly. Poor guy has a long day ahead of him!
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Now this is a very big lake, with plenty of reeds and lotus flowers taking it over! image
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Our whole group couldn’t fit one boat, so we split to two~
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There wasn’t much traffic yet this early in the morning, only a few farmers and fishermen~
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Off in the distance, on the shore, one can see the reeds from the lake harvested and drying in bundles. These will then be used to make woven pictures or mats.
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There’s a town on an island in the midst of the lake~image
And here is someone building a nice big brick house~image
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Here are some mats that have been woven out of the lake’s reeds~

Some water chestnuts~





One of the first little tourist attractions on the lake~
An old rusty real japanese machine gun left here by the Japanese when they attacked this place~


They sold lots of fake guns and things here!
The scene of a funny reanactment of when the Japanese attacked. This man is the narrorator of the tale and he uses an old special instrument.

There was much dancing…
There is the hero of our tale~

Reviving a man with a plunger~

That lovely lady on the left is actually a not very handsome man in a wig!
Such huge watermelons!

Well, that is it for part 2! Part 3 is coming right up with more interesting things!

Trip 3 June 28th - June 30th Part 1

Okay! Quick bonus picture! Me trying to paint those dang flowers!
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So the 28th was a day we were to go on a trip.
Everyone awoke at a decent hour, prepared for the day, and readied for the three hour drive.
Yet before we could head out, it was lunch with some family friends!
So off to a nice restaurant we went!
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Liaoda’s mother chilling as we await the other guests~
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A few old items they had displayed. image
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A nice wine pot~
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Some old stamps~
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Oh look! You can see how much you weigh~ before and after you eat…
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A tasty watermelon and coconut drint~
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Little bamboo shoots~image






Pig feet~ or as Liaoda calls it, ‘Emily Feet.’
Donkey meat~ or as I call it, ‘Liaoda on a dish.’




After a nice filling lunch, it was time to head home and await our driver.
But as we arrived, our driver was already there!
So in we rushed for our stuff, and out into the car we went for a long three hour car drive.

Upon our arrival, we went immedietly to meet with the people who would be funding dinners and fun for the night and next day. We met with Liaoda’s godmother and godfather, we met with an owner of part of an oil branch in a company and his wife, as well as another man. I had met them all before, so I was quite used to them.
After a short time chatting we went off to do what the chinese do best!
Eat dinner!
Don’t fear, there will be something not food related after you look at more delicious foods!




Liaoda’s godfather being prissy with a purse~




Duck eggs with twins~


Big Radish~

The box to the wine, its shape amused me~

You know the duck is here when the chef comes in!

Some fresh veggies with my favorite sauce. The bowl is made of ice!







Some yam sticks, there was honey to dip them in~



Go to the bathroom for one minute, and come out to see a new dish half devoured!




Phew! That was a lot to eat with your eyes!
Now, I was feeling tired after a long trip and a long dinner, yet there was no rest to be had. Instead we went to the hotel’s KTV, or karayoke. The restaurant had been the hotel’s restaurant as well, and it is the hotel we would be staying in, so at least we didnt have far to walk or drive!




This is my ‘I really dont want to sing at all but trying to smile’ face…
The waitresses here all wear sailor suits!

Me singing Moon River with Liaoda’s father…

Lots of fruit, snacks, beer, and tea are served~
The oil company man singing, he only sang once this night, I dont blame him!

Me finally talking Liaoda into singing with me as I did not wish to sing on my own!
We sang ‘When can we do this again,’ by Owl City, ‘You Belong with Me,’ by Taylor Swift, and ‘Smooth Criminal,’ by Michael Jackson.


Our driver singing~
Liaoda’s Godfather interrupting my photo taking!
The wife of the Oil company man singing. She had a lovely voice~
Liaoda’s godfather and our driver being silly~

Liaoda’s father sang many songs, however his voice is not as lovely as his calligraphy…

She was very jealous of my pale skin, which she liked to stroke.


A different driver. I call him ‘Over’ for often times, during meals, he tells me to ‘over’ my glass, as in drink all the wine! However, drinking all the wine or alcohol in your glass is a good sign of respect and bonding, so it must be done.
He had a good voice though!
The godfather dancing with his wife~


The godmother singing~


The last song of the night was ‘Gangnam Style’ but with a korean girl singing too! So weird, yet the dancing was fun~

With that, we were all off to bed, for we had to awaken early to get to the lotus viewing lake!

Trip 3 June 25th - June 27th

So another few days since my last post, today is a lazy day spent here at home, so might as well upload the events of yesterday!
But before that, I’ve been given some pictures from days past,
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From the night with the billionaire~
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From the day of the musuem. Here is an artist we visited. He makes such splendid mountains!
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Liaoda’s father posing for photos~
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And we who had to join in…
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Liaoda’s father and mother love to play with their camera that has an unnecessary lense size…
So many photos of myself just sitting, blinking, talking, yawning have been taken here in his father’s work office.
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Here’s more of that office.
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Now Liaoda hates posing for the camera in even the slightest bit. No smile, always a hand in his face. I’ve had to resort to kiss threats to get him to react differently for his parents enjoyment.
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And back to the watermelon fields~
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Alright, enough bonus photos, now to the accounts of yesterday. Bright and early in the morning we were off for a long ride in a very nice Benz that belongs to Liaoda’s godmother. It was a nice cool air conditioned time with a driver who was very fast and only 19! Chinese roads can be frightful…
Yet we finally arrived at our location, which was a town where we would be having lunch with his godmother~
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As you can see, it was another one of those lovely indoor garden restaurants~
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I cant get this stubborn picture to turn…












Mmm frog, too bad it was so spicy!

Spicy all thanks to this little pepper!

 After a meal in a rather hot room, we were off to new places

This happened to be the most stressful half of the day. We went to a giant five story mall only for purses, suitcases and fur coats. Now, everything was fake, but they were fakes made well and made from real leather and fur.
Here I was forced to find a purse that I didnt want anyone to buy for it was expensive, yet once I found a purse a battle of shoving and pulling commensed and the purse was bought by Liaoda’s family.
So I have a new purse now, a smaller one, but they claimed it to be a birthday gift.

After the mall we went for a swift visit with Liaoda’s uncle who carves Jade.

Now here was a massive slab of beauty! So many details! My hand is likely the size of that Buddha there~


and look at all the hairs on this jade puppy!









And a lovely group photo…where you can see my fat thighs.

After this visit we returned to the mall to pick up a few more items and then we were on back home~

Trip 3 June 19th - June 24th Part 3

Moving on from all the beautiful china and pottery, we find many carvings and statues from various times in Hebei’s history!

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The place where a Buddha stands or sits, sadly Buddha is missing!
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One of the four Guardians~
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A relief of servants~image
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Statues of monks~






Phew! That’s the end of floor one of the museum!
Too bad the other floors werent ready!
So on to the next stop we went~
Oh, here’s the libraby. rather tall big building!

And the entrance to the musuem~
It’s free to get in, however it does have a security check.

Next stop was at a quick calligraphy exhibition~

Those big calligraphy are done only by trained martial artists who use a big heavy paint brush that I showed a few posts back~

Liaoda’s father writing a quick poem in the guest book, since he is a calligrapher~


Not sure what it says, but it looks pretty!


I love the old calligraphy to the left~



Here is Liaoda’s father’s work!


And just in the morning I had my first attempt at painting chinese flowers!
Let us say it wasnt that great of a success…

For some comparison, below is Liaoda’s mother’s flowers, though she’s been at it every morning and for a few months.

Trip 3 June 19th - June 24th Part 2

Back to the Hebei Museum!
And on to pottery and other such things!
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A lunch box of sorts~image
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Liaoda thought this looked like an ancient version of a margarita or tequila glass~
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Now what are these? Why, this is a line of very comfy, very solid, pillows!
I think I might just do without…
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More lovely pillows~
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A lovely old incense burner~
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Rather pretty pillows~
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A small light~image
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a nice little tea leaf grinder in the center~
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Phoenix head pitcher~image
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A baby tiger!




A brush holder.


Some candle holders!

Well that’s all for part 2, however, there’s one part left to go!

Trip 3 June 19th - June 24th Part 1

Hello again!
It appears my English classes are done and over with, leaving plenty of leisure time. Not much has happened since my last post but for a single busy day.
Liaoda has gone back to the dentist and gotten his stitches removed. I also got my teeth x-rayed!
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Well, dentists says I don’t need to worry about my teeth yet~

Other than that, the one busy day came about.
We left early in the morning to visit a few friends, while took a while. From there we visited another friend who was a wonder at painting mountains!
A couple of hours chatting away and finally we went to lunch with the mountain-painting friend.
Get ready, here’s where food comes in!
A wedding was going on as we came, but it was okay, we had a private room. However, there was something fun to see and taste!
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A guy who makes little sugar pictures!
Well, Liaoda paid and I got him to make a monkey~
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Got myself a monkey with a big peach in his hands!
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But now its time to eat! Wait? What became of the monkey? Why, I accidentally broke off his foot and was forced to eat the rest of him.
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With dinner complete and a friendly shoving and pulling battle for the door to see who would pay, we were off once more.
This time we ventured with just Liaoda’s family to the Hebei Museum, a museum that has many artworks from the history of this province. Lucky for everyone viewing, they were in the process of moving most of the artifacts, so I only got to see one floor of the one of the two buildings, just denting what they had to offer.
I’m a little sad to have not seen the real treasure of the place, a shirt made of real gold, meaning that each little thread in the shirt is pure gold, also with jade. But it was tucked out of sight, so i only heard of it.
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An old door knocker for a rich person’s home~
The first exhibit was the tomb of a princess, displaying the priceless frescos that lined the entrance of her tomb, as well as the small soldiers that guarded her.

The images lined the way down into her tomb, so here is the ‘entrance.’


Here is a remake of what the fresco would have looked like if it were not weathered and cracked.









From the tomb we moved on to pottery and daily things, such as pillows, brush holders, and jazz of the sort~
However, that’s for part 2!