Monday, June 25, 2007

First set from China!

Got into the Beijing Airport and took a taxi to the hotel my prof. was staying at. Then we went straight to Tianjin where we spent two days at Nankai University (note: you can click on all the pics to enlarge them!):

My Room:

and I just about passed out when I saw that Nankai had a Lotus Garden!

Then we went shopping in the Culture District:

Got a wonderful hair washing and head massage (despite the barbers here not quite understanding the "diagonal stripe" concept... I Wonder what Chinese candy canes look like!)

For the computer nerds... yup that's a WoW Horde Calling card:

Korean BBQ =DDDD

Pop'n squat train toilets... no seats baby!

Then we went to Taishan and, despite the rest of my group being weenies, me and our guide climbed the mountain!

Apparently the mountain is Precippous =P

Food on the top of the mountain

The top half of what we walked (bottom half was covered by trees):

Then we went to Qufu to see Confucius' town!

His teaching temple:

And apparently they use their heads here:

Show and Dinner in Qufu:

Me and sign outside of the hotel we ate at:

Confucius' grave:

Grave Puppy!

Daoist Temple at the base of mount Taishan:

Daoist Bamboo Garden:

1500yr old Pine:

I leave for Shanghi tonight sooo More pics to come!



Blogger Clayton said...

Ben I am so jealous--It looks like you're having a great time. I'll be checking back later for updates!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Ben, These pictures are wonderful! The first garden, looks like the neatest place to meditate...and I love all of your explanatives for each picture. What wonderful memories! Love,Lisa

6:36 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I am suprised to find out you are finally in China, I have mixed feelings about you leaving (I want to kill you for showing me all these cool photos + Im really happy *tears* that you are realizing your ideals), but mostly it's just painful painful jealousy :)

9:11 PM  

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