Nanjing: The Last Hurrah

Our very last large adventure was to the beautiful, beautiful city of Nanjing. Nanjing was once the capitol of China before Beijing and is now known as “the southern capitol”. In my opinion, Nanjing was the most beautiful city we visited in China. The weather while we were there was gorgeous and we got to tour some beautiful parks including Purple Mountain and the Nanjing City Wall. The purpose of this last trip was to visit a scholar that had trained with Dad at OSU and she set up us in a beautiful hotel adjoining a really nice park. It was during this trip I realized how very much I had missed the countryside, nature, and the sounds of birds even. Continue reading “Nanjing: The Last Hurrah”


Hebei #2 – Acrobat World


On the second day of our stay in Hebei we took a trip to the little-known (yet none the less astonishing) Acrobat World. That’s right folks, a whole world dedicated to acrobats! Well, to be exact it’s a training school for acrobats, but even these students were pulling of stunts nothing short of a 5 star circus. Eli was especially excited for this particular adventure and had been talking about it the whole trip. With all his monkey business, it was easy to see why. Continue reading “Hebei #2 – Acrobat World”

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

20160930_172417       20160930_174626            On a Friday afternoon in September, we decided to go to the “Hutongs”. Hutongs are alleyways and lanes of old and close together houses that are arranged around a central courtyard. Most Hutongs are found by the Forbidden City. We took the bus and subway to get to there. Once we arrived, we immediately went into a leather working shop. That would be one of the many shops we visited. Here are some of the other shops we saw : a “snuff” shop, many food vendors, amber rock shop, bubble drink vendor, tea shops, and music shops. (We all learned not to drink the dry ice in the bubble drink!) I liked all the food we tried, including lamb kabbobs and the “candied fruit on a stick”. Continue reading “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”


The (not so) Forbidden City


We were so ready. We had rented a van. We were all rested up. We had picked out our warmest clothes. We had gotten our snacks packed. We were going to the Great Wall.

The next morning we woke up to a massive wind storm. The Great Wall is on top of the mountains…I don’t know about you, but it blowing off the Great wall doesn’t sound so fun to me. Huh.

We weren’t going to the Great Wall….

So we settled for the next best thing, the Forbidden City. We packed into the van and off we went. Continue reading “The (not so) Forbidden City”


The Summer Palace


After a day of rest from traveling across the ocean, we decided that it was time for Grams and Papa’s first adventure. We didn’t want to start out to big with something like the Great Wall, but then again didn’t want to waste our precious days on anything non-significant. We decided on the Summer Palace. Continue reading “The Summer Palace”


Climb Every Mountain

IMG_6441.JPGEver since we moved to China we have wanted to climb the mountain we can see out side our apartment window, but we had to wait for the right day. It couldn’t be smoggy, and we didn’t want to be melting from the heat and (ugh) humidity. Finally, one Saturday after we had returned from our trip to Xi’an we decided that “today was the day” Continue reading “Climb Every Mountain”


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


“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”