A Travellerspoint blog

July 2008

To Chongqing

Tomorrow we are off to Chongqing

Tomorrow morning at 0830 we will catch a bus to Chongqing. It should be about a seven hour trip.

We walked over to the bus station and made reservations for the trip. Could not buy the tickets until this evening. The lady was nice enough to set aside seat 3 and seat 4 for us. We will pay for them in the morning.

Not sure how long we will be gone. Must check back with the university later during the trip.

More pictures. More fun. More adventures in China

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Grand Opening Of An Art Gallery

We attend the opening of an art gallery belonging to Sunee's teacher.

The Art Gallery's Grand Opening was today, July 23, 2008, for Sunee's teacher. We, along with Tom, went to Emei City for the occasion. Our first stop was to Xiao Lin's to buy some "grand opening" flowers. Took about an hour to make all the arrangements.

The Opening mostly consisted of the local artists doing their thing in celebration of the opening. Here are the pictures I took during the ceremony.

As is the custom, we bought some Grand Opening flowers for the event with the help of Xiao Lin

Here is the front of the gallery

Quite small but really nice paintings

The artist took turns producing special art for the occasion

Sunee hopes to master the art of caligraphy one of these days

In between producing art, the artists discussed their works with us

Tom and a middle school English teacher admire the many works

This is the gallery owner's father. One of the best known artist in China. He is in his 90s.

A local TV station interviews Tom about the opening

The foreign guests

Here is one of the finished products

When one gets done with the masterpiece, one must CHOP it

After the ceremony we all went to a restaurant for lunch. Mighty fine food was provided.

All-in-all it was another interesting and unique experience for us. Just another adventure in China.

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A Western Restaurant Offers Mao's Revenge

Continuation of John's farewell party, we westerners went to a western restaurant, the only one in Emei City. I paid the price!

The western restaurant is called NongChau after some bridge in some famous western movie. Never could figure the correct name out. Anyway, it features fusion food in the western tradition. This particular night they had a buffet with western dishes.

The first picture I took came out like this. Wrong settings. This should have been a warning.

The food seemed ok and was tasty and western

A good meal for someone looking for western dishes or so I thought

John, too, thought it was very nice

No one else got sick. Maybe, it was the celebration alcohol which protected everyone

I got very sick and spent two days in bed. Sunee, who did not eat much was ok. No one else was sick. All the others drank loads of wine and then scotch. Bet it killed the bacteria. Should have known when I saw that none of the chafing dishes were heated. It will be forever before I return to that place!

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John's Farewell Dinner And Party

We got together with the other teachers in our department to say goodbye to John and hello to a new teacher. The head of the department, Susan, and the Dean of the faculty, Dean Jiang, were our hosts

They came to get us at around 6 pm and took us to a restaurant that was popular to hold such affairs. We had been there before in one of our weekend dinings with Bogdan and Tom. The restaurant was nice and had separate dining rooms with air conditioning. Our room had two tables and was perfect for our small group. Pictures say it better than I can write.

All the guys sat at this table with three of the ladies.

The other table was strictly for the lady teachers. No men allowed.

Dr. Robert and his wife Jean are from Canada and qualify as "foreign" teachers

Susan, head of the department, and Dean Jiang, head of the faculty, were our hosts

Sunee seems to be having a good time

Sylvia with our new teacher

John is enjoying himself

Two more of our finest

Susan takes a break to gossip a bit

Bernice and Mariah, both graduates of the Assumption University MELT program

The Dean needs more wine

Charles, our teacher coordinator, brought some soy bean milk for me and others

Tom takes advantage and pigs out

I guess this means the dinner was a success


The feast is spread

The appetizer was spicy sichuan peanuts. Lots of peppers with few peanuts

Then came some spicy sichuan noodles. Not too bad but still spicy

Do not be fooled by these mushrooms. They were very, very hot

Fishheads! A sichuan delicacy which us foreigners passed on. All except Robert who loved them

Spicy sichuan chicken. Would have been much better if the chicken had been boneless

Spicy sichuan pork (or is that beef) stomach. I passed on this as well

Pagoda Pork. The best dish we had for us foreigners. Giant slabs of bacon

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A Walk In The Countryside

Took a walk out the main gate of the Southwest Jiaotong University campus to take some pictures

One day after a early dinner, we decided to take a walk out the main gate of our campus. Since we live on the other side of the campus, we usually walk out the gate nearest the resort area. This day we explored what was out the main gate, the gate closes to the official entrance to Emei Moutain.

This is the view as one walks out the main gate of the campus

The first thing one sees are rice fields. Lots of them.

Active farmhouse among the rice fields

This was a cute little cottage surrounded by agricultural produce

Interesting empty building among the fields. Maybe a school at one time

The new gate to Emei Mountain and Reception Hall have recently been completed

This giant rock was used as the introduction to the Emei World Heritage Site

On our way back to campus I took this picture. I call it "corn and campus."

Every piece of land is under production

This is so typical of what we see every day. A Chinese lady working hard.

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Chongqing Preparations Begin

Gathering the available information on Chongqing

We are currently preparing for our upcoming trip to Chongqing and Hubei Province. My guide will look something like this:


It is almost as much fun to prepare for a trip as it is to actually take the trip.

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To Market, To Market

A quick trip to our local Emei Mountain fresh food market

This is a series of pictures to show what is now "hot" in our local fresh fruit and veggies market about a ten minute walk from our apartment on Southwest Jiaotong University campus.

It's time to go shopping at the local market

The market place is also a beer bottle recycling location. Interesting greens here.

As usual, there are lots of vegetables

Ahh, it must be pumpkin time in China

These pumpkins are great. Looking to make a pumpkin pie soon!

This is Sichuan Province so peppers are everywhere

It is also grape season but they are still a bit sour

This is a great combination of veggies

Also it is plum season

Eggplants and other veggies are always available

Cucumbers! The long or the short.

Anybody for some pork, cut to your specs

Sunee is always looking to do business with the older generation like this lady

This is used to steam the Chinese bread or mantou. I love it!

And then, of course, we need bananas

Finished shopping and it is time to go home

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The Ebony Museum in Suji Town

We visit the Ebony Museum outside Leshan with our friends from Emei City

Our friends from Emei City, who own a Chinese pharmacy, invited us to go to their hometown of Suji. It is a small town on the way to Leshan. Seems they grew up together in this small town and they wanted us to see their old home places. They also said we would visit the Ebony Wood Museum in Suji as well.

We have passed the Ebony Wood Museum every time we went to Leshan and always wondered what it was. It is a beautiful structure designed in the Tang style. At least, that is what I thought it looked like. Our American friends also have made comments about the site but no one had visited it. No one, that is, until now.

We took a bus to Emei City and walked to our friends' pharmacy where they were waiting for us. After visiting for about twenty minutes we headed out to Suji. Suji is only about twenty minutes or so from Emei so we were there very quickly. The first place we went was to visit the family in Suji.

Sunee and Xiao Ling waiting for us to be on the way

Xiao Ling and her husband's family in Suji, still at the family home

After a relaxing visit with "the family," we visited the Ebony Museum. The following are the "illegal photos" I took inside the museum. Actually there were several guards inside and no one seemed to care about the picture taking. The outside looks like Tang Dynasty, don't you think?

The Ebony Wood Museum

This looks like Tang Dynasty style to me. This is what we saw many times.

This is the map of the tourist site

Outside area of the site

Nice garden and landscaping

Not real but it looked good

I love these Chinese doorways or are they portals?

The construction is absolutely beautiful with much attention to detail

After paying for your ticket, this is what one sees first - a giant Ebony peacock thing

Sunee and Xiao Ling posing in front of one of the many professional looking displays

No photos!!!! Say what?

Just for good luck. Believe this one is called a rhinosaurus

Some of the displays inside the museum




Details of the Ebony wood carvings inside the museum






A small buddha temple inside the compound had this carved piece. Stunning!

A Million Or More Mao Buttons Museum

After spending about an hour inside the Ebony Wood Museum with a charming guide, we visited the Mao Button Museum. Here were hundreds of pictures made out of Mao buttons plus a good collection of Mao Communist Kitsch, as I call it. We are interested in finding some of this stuff as we travel around China.


A huge mural made up of nothing but Mao Buttons of all sizes

Now we can say we visited that "strange" Ebony wood museum on the way to Leshan. It is professional run and very impressive in the ebony carvings it has. I am not sure how much the entrance fee was as our friends paid for it. I have heard from some of my friends that it is 80 Yuan. If so, that is a little expensive but the place is set up as a quality tourist site and the pieces are beautiful. Although there were signs all over the place that stated NO PHOTO, none of the guards or the guides seemed to mind me taking the pictures.

All in a day's adventure.

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Final Week of Classes

Southwest Jiaotong University - Emei Branch just finished the final week

Here are my students this past semester at Southwest Jiaotong University - Emei Branch.

Freshman class #1 of Extensive Reading

Freshman class #2 of Extensive Reading

Freshman class #3 of Extensive Reading

Sophomore class #1 of Newspaper and Journal Reading

Sophomore class #2 of Newspaper and Journal Reading

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American Independence Day Celebration 2008

The available Americans in Emei City celebrate the holiday

It was the Fourth of July and time to celebrate for us Americans. John had to go to Chengdu to get a physical for his new job in Guiyang so the rest of us Americans got together for an Independence day celebration at a local restaurant. We took some Chinese friends with us and mad some more friends. Everyone celebrated (A LOT).

Mr. Bogdan meeting and greeting the guests

The selected restaurant

During the dinner the celebrations begin, Chinese style

Celebrating with everyone in the restaurant

Celebrations continue

I celebrate with tea as I do not drink alcohol

We celebrated with everyone in the restaurant many times over

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