• 03Feb

    So this year I went to two places to celebrate the Chinese New Year. As you’ve already seen I was in TianJin for the actual new year’s night but then 3 days later I went back to the village to spend a week there.

    New Year’s in TianJin was a great new experience. The city is full of culture and history. There are a lot of historical buildings and areas there. Apparently in the 1900s there were quite a bit of Europeans that came to TianJin to help industrialize it. They established banks and built European style buildings. So there are a lot if places throughout the city where you can really see the Western influence in architecture. There is even a whole section called Italian Style Street.

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    You can kind of see some of the architecture here in this picture. But you can also see that I am frozen. At this time it was about 4 below zero Celsius and I couldn’t even feel my feet. Correct that I could feel the pulsating pain that comes from your body when it is so cold. I was honestly a little worried that I was going get frostbite! Luckily I was able to keep all my toes.

    Every place in China seems to have different traditions from Chinese New Year. It’s very much like Christmas in America where every family has different rules about where to celebrate, when to open gifts and what to eat. In TianJin they spent most of the New Year’s Eve early afternoon making dumplings, then playing MahJong, then cooking dinner, eating dinner, then eating dumplings, then setting off fireworks, THEN waiting for 12 o’clock so they could eat again! Crazy. A lot of food, but a lot of fun having good conversation over good food.

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    Here we all are. This is Rachel’s dad’s family. (Grandpa, grandma, uncle and his family and aunt and her family).

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    Mmm dumplings. Very tasty.

    While in TianJin I also got to ride one of the bullet trains. The one I was on went up to just under 300kmph or 180mph. It was very smooth and really great. We made it from TianJin to Beijing in a little over 30 minutes.

    From TianJin I went to Kunming for a night and then off to DongChuan again to spend time with Ruth’s family. It was great to see them again!

    This year they waited for me to kill the chicken. Sorry no pig this year, BUT take a look at this picture!

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    Guess who has the knife in their hand!

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    Yep that’s right I killed my first chicken! Don’t mess with me!

    In other news, WeiWei is getting bigger! I delivered some gifts from America and she absolutely loved playing with it. Here she is playing with her new Play-Doh tools and placemats! She played with it everyday!

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    It definitely was a fun Chinese New Year again this year. I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

    Lup

   

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