ALL SEASONS -IMPROMPTU VISIT

Last week it was so much fun to see your experiences in your Season. Love that there is so much variety, since you all live in different corners of the earth, from summer to winter! Also, thank you for all your fun and kind responses!

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THIS WEEK

We never have regretted making this impromptu trip when
our son started teaching in China. (we did not know for how
long), so we said, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity.
Let’s go!”
Since not knowing one word of Chinese,
and having no friends, with our son there,
it looked much more attractive.

 

My first night in Nanchang with 2 million inhabitants
(12 hr. train ride West from Shanghai). Could not sleep
at night because of jet lag. In China the school
provides for the apartment. Teachers coming from America earn right away at least 3 x more than from other countries – kind of unfair!
This was on the 11th floor.
Teachers coming from America, immediately make much
more than teachers coming from other countries.

Around midnight I heard a lot of commotion.
People talking, cars coming and going. Was curious,
so I took my camera, and took this shot from the
tiny balcony. The cinema had gone out and people
were milling around and chatted about the movie.

 

The same corner during the day. Our son bought a breakfast that normal middle class Chinese would eat. They have many kinds or bread rolls with different glazes. The ones that reminded me on Indonesia were the kind with of a sweetened hamburger meat
inside the bread roll, plus a light yogurt with fruit, and juice.

He had only one burner, and no oven (glorious single life, haha), so he went with his dad downstairs to a stand where already a line of people had formed, to order breakfast.  They are dressed in the blue and light blue shirt walking towards the building.

Flew to four cities: Nanchang (where he lived), Guang Zhou,
Beijing, and Shen-Zhen (across from Hong Kong).

As a side note, Hong Kong is called the “West,”
so China’s mainland is not Western,
or rich economically, and Communism still
reigns with an iron fist.

 

The roofs from ancient times are quite intriguing!
What is very different is that Chinese with respectable jobs
(we would call middle class) live with a whole family
in a one tiny room house. The older houses have no bath
room, but there is a bath house for the neighborhood.

 

 

 

The highlights in Beijing were definitely the Fordbidden City,
which are the palaces of the Chinese royal family. (before communism). Most buildings here were huge, and built
with very thick walls. This is the opposite: a tea house.

The other high light was walking over Tienanman Square. Not elegant, or in Western style, but the statues were built in
the forceful Communistic style

 

 

When hubs and son went to the Chinese Wall,
it was unfortunately very foggy, yet still oodles of people.
It was my day of painting in the street, and making |
a spectacle of myself. I did not know,
it is not common to paint outside in China.
Fortunately, they told me afterward:)

 

 


One of the exhibits at the wall was a green and red jade
collection. Jade in China is more worth than gold.
What most people are able to buy is compressed jade dust!

 

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18 thoughts on “ALL SEASONS -IMPROMPTU VISIT

  1. I wouldn’t think it would be common to paint outside there, I’d probably be afraid to do much of anything included go to communist China. I’m sure having your son there made all the difference in the world. What made him decide to teach in Nanchang? I think the 11th floor is a good place to be in a big city and I really like the idea of a post cinema bustle from that height, lol. Sounds like a pretty good breakfast to me.

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  2. Hi Jesh, thanks for the comment and your interest. I have reduced my blogging activity a little as I am very busy with family (looking after two elderly parents who are not all that well) and also I am involved in a consulting project that requires a lot of my attention.
    Still, my artistic pursuits help me relax and thankfully I only need about 5 hours of sleep a night. That greatly increases my productivity! 🙂

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  3. wow what an amazing cultural experience for your son to be teaching and living in China. However, I hope he, and you, stay safe from the virus.

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    1. You guys and Nick from Australia are the most traveled people I know! Kind of fun to share some cultural things others have no idea about! What did you think about China?

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  4. What an exciting trip to take! Your photos are beautiful. I feel so sad about the coronavirus that the Chinese are now dealing with. It appears to be an epidemic and will affect their economy.

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  5. Your son was most fortunate to have this wonderful experience and it was great you two got to visit… so good to have a travel host who knows the place so well. …. my friends grandson taught for a few years in that area that is now quarantined. She is glad he was no longer there!

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  6. “compressed jade dust” — that would make a good metaphor for something. Hi Jesh! How exciting to take an unplanned trip to another country. I bet there were quite a few people who talked about the American artist in the street that evening. 🙂 Very cool.

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