A Birthday Trip to Lishu

Can you remember a time when you went on a special trip by yourself? Well on August 31 I was happy to learn that I would be going on a”father/son” trip for my birthday. My Dad then stated that we would be going to Lishu {Lee-shoo} (the part of China that they call the “roosters head”)  We would be going for the Black Soil Forum [a soil conference].It was six hours on the “bullet train”– first class! We didn’t get to the hotel until after 10 pm.  After checking in we went up to our room and realized it was a “Luxury suite”!

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Here’s the “living area” in our suite!

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Our room was on the seventh floor about six windows from the left side.Also we couldn’t open the windows because of all the wind.

img_5791-001Everyday, three times a day, we had a buffet of about  fifteen dishes. There were always new dishes that were served.

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One of these I tried was squid. I liked it.

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The first day ,which was also my birthday, Dad gave one of the presentations on this stage.  I got bored listening to all of them, but at least there were tasty refreshments!

img_5810-001Later that night there was a traditional dance. There were also many other dances performed.

img_5853-001 The conference only lasted a couple days.  Before leaving for home we went on a five hour tour of different research areas. The massive building in this picture is the new research station.

img_5933-001 On are way to the train station we saw this interesting observation tower.  Our train left to go back to Beijing at 2:30 pm.

I had a great time on this trip to Lishu and spending time with my dad .If you ever come to China I suggest going to visit Lishu.

— Isaac

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