Archive for August, 2008

When in China, do as the Chinese do

This summer I had the opportunity to live in China for 70 days, and boy, was it an experience.

Perhaps it was challenging locals at the Temple of Heaven to games of xiangqi (Chinese chess)…

Of course there was feasting with Chinese government–yes, Communist–officials…

Maybe it was chatting with the engineers who manufacture the world’s PS3s, iPhones, and Wiis…

It could have been living in an apartment only to find a family of strangers sleeping over one night…

Or perhaps it was 18 hours on a train with seven of us squeezed into a row of hard seats designed for five…

All I know is that with a little bit of curiosity and open-mindedness, I felt right at home.

Here are some snapshots from my summer in China:

Sketching lessons
Art lessons in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province.

Gardening in Zhenjiang
Gardening in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province.

Skinning frogs

Skinning living frogs for dinner in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.

Basketball, ice cream, and bicycles
Basketball and ice cream on a hot Saturday in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province.

More pictures to come…

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