FC: Life In China Jan-Mar 2005
2: Hiking Nanshan Mountain | Our first Sunday in China we hiked a small mountain behind our apartment. It was called Nanshan Mountain. There were 10000000000000000000000 steps. We were about half way there, and we stopped to get a drink of water. And instead of giving me a drink, my dad poured water on my head. Even when I kept saying, "Stop,Stop!" Regan's Blog”
3: Decorating for Chinese New Year:) | Red Lanterns everywhere! | Money Tree
6: E A S T E R
8: Making baskets for the egg hunt | Nana hid eggs around the apartment courtyard and the staff at Fraser Place picked up all the eggs while Nana went to get the kids, so Nana quickly hid them again. The Chinese staff watched and smiled, wondering what we were doing?
9: Happy Easter For the first time ever we celebrated Easter in China. We invited our Chinese teacher, my mom’s friend, and a family from my dad’s work, the Mao’s. The Mao’s were the only ones able to make it. Mr. and Mrs. Mao had a 1 year old girl named Hannah. Mr. Mao’s mom lives with them so she came too. We made scalloped potatoes, cooked carrots and string beans, deviled eggs, sugar cookies and apple pie for dessert. The ham part is a long story. First, my mom and dad went to search for a ham. They went to an import grocery store called Oversea Groceries and it took a long time to explain the kind of ham that we wanted. They thought we meant lunch meat so that is what they brought out. When he finally understood he said they were out, but he called “somewhere” and said they would be getting a pineapple ham and would deliver it. If we did not like the ham we would not have to pay for it. So we agreed and when the ham was delivered it already smelled delicious. And of course, once it was cooked, it tasted ten times better than the smell. When all the food was prepared and ready the Mao family had arrived just when we pulled the ham out of the oven. As Mr. Mao watched us cut the ham he looked at the pan with all the fat and skin sitting over to the side, to be thrown away, and said “What about that?” We explained to him that we did not eat that part of the ham. Then everyone else looked at it and said “That’s the good part, it’s the soft meat! It’s flavorful.” We all laughed and said “Well, you can eat as much of it as you like!” We could tell they loved the rest of the meal because they had at least two servings of each dish and when they had to leave they asked for some ham and potatoes to take home. Daniel (Mr. Mao) even wanted to buy sugar cookie mix the next time he comes to Redmond. He also asked how to make the potatoes and ham. We told him the recipe which included cheese and butter (my Nana brought 6 pounds of Tillamook cheese to China in a suitcase with her!) but he didn’t know the difference between the two. Unfortunately, almost nobody in China has ovens (including the Mao’s) and we baked the sugar cookies, pie, ham and potatoes all in the oven so he probably won’t be buying sugar cookie mix.! Though our Easter in China was very different from home, we all enjoyed it. Regan's blog
14: The Great Wall of China
20: It was a long trek to the top, but we all made it! A women at the top of the look-out point was selling bottles of water to all the thirsty tourists for 3 RMB (less than 50 cents)...only in China!
22: Daddy, Regan and Cole decide to break all the rules and continue further up the wall.
24: "The Gauntlet"...the unavoidable shops on the way down from the Great Wall. | All tired out after a day of running along the Great Wall of China!
25: The Forbidden City
26: Tianamon Square
28: Beijing Zoo with DAD
29: While Mom and I went to the Summer Palace, Dave and the kids went to the Beijing Zoo.
31: Notice the guy standing in the middle of traffic talking on his cell phone! | Lots of garbage everywhere :(
33: S h o u k o
34: Xi'an | Our favorite place to stop...Starbucks:)
35: The great mosque of Xi'an
36: Our crazy ride in a rickshaw through Xi'an...there was heated debate of who would back down between the driver of the van and our driver
37: Men helping a bicyclist push his over-loaded bike up the hill.
38: Ringing "The Big Bell" at the Bell Tower.
39: The Drum Tower
40: The Terracotta Warriors
44: R O C K S t a r s