The Xi’an Dumpling Gang

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After the long bullet train ride to Xi’an we were tired, hungry, and needing to stretch our legs. We checked into our hotel for a short rest and then adventured out to find food.
While visiting us in Beijing, Nana recommended to us a dumpling place in Xi’an, so we set that as our targeted destination. After navigating our way across the street, around construction, dodging eager taxi drivers who were quite positive we needed a ride, and up and down multiple flights of stairs, we finally found the restaurant. (We just knew it was the right one when we saw the golden dumpling. I mean, it has a golden dumpling, it’s got to be good.) Continue reading “The Xi’an Dumpling Gang”

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Terracotta Warriors: You can’t take it with you when you go – but you can try

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“This is amazing,” I thought to myself while looking over the oldest army in the world.  It almost seemed surreal to me when I imagined that I could be standing in the same spot Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, stood around 2226 years ago to survey his army when it was vibrantly painted and ready to march off to battle. Qin Shi Huang built this army to fight for him in the afterlife and to protect his tomb from intruders, and though these clay warriors may have failed their original mission, many of them still stand strong thousands of years later as a testament to his name. And that is an accomplishment to be proud of.

Continue reading “Terracotta Warriors: You can’t take it with you when you go – but you can try”

Jiaozi: A Documentary

Hey everyone! A post about the Terracotta warriors is in the works, but today I wanted to share this post from a few weeks ago that I never got posted. While this isn’t our dumpling feast from Xi’an, this dinner definitely was a feast! Read down below to find out more! Thanks for checking in! Audrey

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In lieu of a blog post, we decided to make a video this week! Use this link and surf your way over to check it out.

For the past month, we have had a dinner party for the students we are getting to know during the weekend. We have eaten some foods you would find in America (pizza, pancakes, and this week, spaghetti), but last week the students offered to teach us how to make jiaozi (pronounced “jow-zu”), which are steamed dumplings. They provided all of the ingredients and the know-how to make the meal possible. Our dumplings were filled with pork and cabbage, and were oh so delicious! We ended up making about two hundred dumplings. Needless to say we still have some stuck in the freezer! We had so much fun learning to make jiaozi, and an even better time eating them!

-Audrey

 

“Bullet” Train Adventures

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So far in our China adventures, we’ve traveled by plane, van, bus, and subway.  Last week, we experienced a whole new way to travel . . . we took a high speed “bullet” train!

We left Beijing headed to visit two new cities, Xi’an and Yangling.  We will cover those cities and experiences separately in a different post.  Today, we’ll just cover our adventures getting to our destination! Continue reading ““Bullet” Train Adventures”

Nobody Panic!

Hello everyone!
I just wanted to write you all a short note to apologize for the absence of new posts (and also to assured you that we did not fall off the face of the Earth, nor get abducted by aliens.).In the past few weeks we have started school, so that has put a lot on my plate trying to figure out how my online classes work, and just getting back in the groove of school. Because of this we really haven’t had many new adventures to report or much time to write about old ones. Also, the past few days we have be traveling and having adventures in new parts of China, so I have not been able to post because our days are filled with discovering things. Anyways, keep checking back, because new blog posts are in the the works. If you always want to be on top of new posts, I would recommend subscribing to the blog. You can find a forum to do that near the bottom of the side bar. If you subscribe, it will keep you up to date on new posts by emailing you when they are published. We are now off to catch a train!
Talk to you all soon!
Audrey