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Dazu City Celebration

A great adventure as we are asked to be the honored guest at a city celebration

After our trip to the Beishan Rock Carvings and a bit of time relaxing in our hotel room, we set out to see how the senior citizens spent their time in Dazu City. Normally, senior citizens in China are very active and congregate in the city squares for exercise, tea drinking and other leisure activity. We love to go visit with our fellow seniors.

On the way to the city center we found a place that served great noodles. Dazu City is a very friendly place with people smiling at us or saying "Hello" as we walked by. Felt good. Felt very good.

When in doubt, we can always find some good noodles. These were a bit different, though

The noodles were dried and looked like telephone cable wound around a core

The city center was about four blocks away and the entrance has some beautiful carved statues of lady musicians playing their instruments. I did some fill-in photography to try to capture the features without losing the feeling of dusk that was apparent at around 1830.


The entrance to the park from the main highway




As we walked around the open area, we saw the typical scenery we have come to expect in Chinese cities.

It must be China if one sees the three-wheeled trikes running around

One can always find someone practicing their calligraphy. Here she is very young and very good

We have come to always expect seniors doing various Chinese things for exercise. Here was no exception

This lady was very good and was working hard

Sunee borrowed some ribbons to join in the fun

We then walked to the far end of the area and found this huge billboard and a stage set up with loud speakers and such. We had no idea what it was all about until we were invited to watch the Dafu City Celebration as honored guests. What a great and wonderful time we had as we watched a Chinese performance that last over an hour and a half.

Here is the billboard that advertised the upcoming extravaganza. We had no clue

The show started at 2000 (8 PM for you none military types) sharp

Lovely Chinese dancing ladies

They also had a bunch of kids doing some great dancing as well

The Chinese costumes were beautiful. Yes, I was concentrating on the costume only!

The Dragon Dances

But this dragon had a bunch of friendly fish swimming with him (dancing with him?)

What a way to spend one's evening in China! On the way back to our hotel we met a fellow teacher. This lady taught middle school and wanted to meet us "foreigners." So pleasant! So very friendly! Makes it easy to understand why we are having such a great time in China.

Our new teacher friend from Dazu City

Next up will be the Rock Carvings at Baodingshan which are supposed to be the most spectacular. Tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day!

Posted by inchinahil 06:16 Archived in China Tagged events

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