This banner came down at the very end of the show and it had every delegate, whose camera’s batteries hadn’t died, reaching for something to take a picture with. We were astonished, yet again, at the hospitality of the people we had met and couldn’t help but to stand up and clap a little louder. We would all soon find out, however, that this generosity and warmth is not felt everywhere and sometimes being an ambassador is about more than a smile. It is about truly understanding a culture and also knowing when to ask for help.
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This picture is of the emperoress’ dance at the very end of the show. I apologize for the poor picture quality, but she is the white in the middle and the red are other dancers. As I mentioned in the last post, the show was a true cultural experience and, for many delegates, the highlight of the trip so far.
Yesterday, after a rickshaw ride through a traditional Chinese village, we visited a family that had been named by China the Olympic Family during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. An Olympic Family is one who has deep family history in the country and as Maggie put it “specializes in a handicraft”. This woman we met lived in a small one floored house with a kitchen, living room, and bedroom. The history of her family is that her grandparents worked for the last emperor before the cultural revolution and when the revolution occured they where forced and of their home. The one they ended up living in is the one we visited and it is one hundred years old.
The woman’s specialty is painting intricate pictures on the inside of small glass globes and bottles. Her niece, who was taught the craft when she was very young, is extremely famous and was brought in to teach the athletes at the Olympics her techniques. She is pictured here working on another piece of art.
We then visited the Summer Palace as our last stop in Beijing. The Summer Palace was another building for the emperor’s family to reside in. It was actually built for the Dragon Lady who felt the Forbidden City was not big enough for her. I was unable to take pictures as pickpockets are prevalent in that area and I did not want to risk losing the phone I am currently using.
After walking around the the palace we took a dragon boat across a man made lake where we had a perfect view of the bridge with seventeen arches which makes for a breath taking view, even through the massive amounts of smog that are present here in China. We are currently getting adjusted in our hotel room in Xi’an after our twelve hour overnight train ride. We just attended a welcome ceremony set during the Tang Dynasty of which I will post photos later.
Also, I wanted to take this time to thank everyone who has either read my posts or commented on them. I really appreciate all the wonderful feedback and I hope you continue to read and enjoy my blog!
(From left to right) Justin, Meg, Jon, Austin
Delegates enjoy a Chinese breakfast featuring noodle soup, rice, native fruit, and fried bread. Along with the Chinese delicacies there are croissants, breads, eggs, bacon, and sausages. The breakfast is feautured buffet style with many delegates lining up for the noodle soup.
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