Gangnam Style Performance At Unity Festival

cropped-gangnam-header.jpgDespite coming off from their midterm exams, these amazing Zhejiang University students are showing everyone at the festival that dancing is a wonderful way to have fun and unify diverse cultures.

Everyone there loved it. Bravo!

Watch the video here or download (approx. 64MB) it.

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Goodness in China

Last night my good friend lost her wallet while she was walking back from dinner. It fell out of her jacket pocket. It’s not a pleasant feeling for her and it doesn’t help that she’s in a foreign country. There were money, IDs and bank cards in the wallet. The four of us rushed to backtrack with her from our campus to the restaurant.

We checked the garbage bins along the way. We also checked the shrubs and other possible nooks and crannies. Once we’ve reached the restaurant and the wallet wasn’t found, we suspect the worst so we decided to go to the police to report the lost wallet.

We had a hard time finding a police station. Desperate,  we stopped two Chinese passers-by and told them about what happened and where we wanted to go, they decided to take us there. Just before we arrived at a police station, my friend got a phone from another of our friend and he told her that the wallet has been returned to our dormitory. We were so happy! We immediately took a taxi back and met our friend at the school’s gate. He handed over the wallet and my friend checked the contents and everything was there including the money!

This event has reaffirmed my belief that the Chinese people are honourable and helpful when it matters. I hear bad stories about China from people abroad and here. Last night, it was a good story. It was a heart warming story of an honourable person who returned the wallet and two strangers helping someone in need. Thank you.

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Xi’An Food

This is the third and last write up about my trip to Xi’an. My first write up was about our tour of the Muslim neighbourhood and the second write was about seeing Emperor Qin‘s terracotta army. Now it’s time to talk about Xi’an’s food.

Xi’an is at the north west part of China. People there tend to eat more noodles and steam buns (or baked buns)  then rice. As well, they eat more mutton. The latter doesn’t really go well with me because the smell and the taste of mutton is too gamey  for me. Saying that, I did try a mutton soup that’s is popular in the area. The soup has little bits of baked flat bread in the soup. It’s almost like crushing some crackers into a chicken noodle back in Canada. I could only eat a bit of it because the mutton flavour was too strong.

The next day, I had another type of soup. It’s spicy and it also has another spicy that made my mouth fizzes and tingle. The sensation lasted about 10 minutes after eating. I wonder what the spice was?

The other two popular local dishes are baked mian bao stuff with shredded meat. It’s a meat sandwich. I tried one, it’s pretty good. The dish that I like the most is the cold noodle with sesame and peanut sauce.  I like it because the noodles are big and it’s not fried. It’s refreshing. Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of fried food.

Baked flat bread. Popular in northern China.

Fire spewing out from the stove as the noodle maker takes a break to check his phone.

My lunch. Freshly made noodle with sesame and peanut sauce (i added a bit of chili) and 3 baozi.

 

Pieces of baked bread in my mutton soup.

Having supper after a long 1st day. (L-R: Me, Anne, Lisa and Jon)

Close up of my dinner. Freshly made noodles with veggies and beef. yummmmmmy.

Steaming dessert. This lady has a sister in Winnipeg!

This soup made my mouth fizzes and tingle. Not sure what kind of spice can do this effect.

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