Saturday, March 24, 2007 IXAN/CHENGDU
I ended up working on my photos on my computer in the dark (I turned off the overhead light) until 11 pm after getting my scarf out of the bag to keep my shoulders warm in the cold room. We woke up about 6:30 am and went down to breakfast with our hotel mates, Betty and Howard, for a very traditional Chinese breakfast about 7:30 am. Our host was up early and well prepared for us. The main course was congee, slurping with noisy sound effects required when you eat/drink this soup-like breakfast favorite of the Chinese. We also had tea, hard boiled eggs that I managed to take out of the bowl and eat without dropping it with my chopsticks. There were cooked vegetables, tortilla like shells with minced onions, and more. Again….we were stuffed to the gills by the time we finished.
We were all ready for our morning walk thru the old village that is over six hundred years old. It is surrounded by the fields and is slowly being allowed to disintegrate as the villagers are moved into the new homes where we spent the night. The fields are planted with winter wheat and watermelon. We saw two cows and lots of vegetable gardens. So, I guess we really did stay at the farmhouse. There are five of these villages that surround the town that we visited yesterday afternoon and also share the elementary school that we visited.
Then we walked to the Artist Exhibit where we met Cao Quantang, a local artist that specializes in “Farmer’s Art”. He has exhibited nationally and also in foreign countries. He held an exhibit in
We said our goodbyes to our host family, picked up our hand luggage and boarded our bus by 11 am for our hour long trip to the Xian airport for our flight to
The airplane left on time and the flight was an uneventful one hour. Our
Checked into our new hotel and signed on; every room has broadband access but we’re the only one with a computer so we’re sharing with our tour mates but not too many have taken us up on the offer. We have also helped some by putting their digital photos on a CD to clear up the memory cards; so the computer has been put to many uses.
We took the tour bus to the main drag in town for another great Chinese dinner with the lazy susan. Very good food in a non-touristy restaurant; there was a wedding reception in the next room. Walked the street and some found green tea chocolate that we all tasted and some purchased; very good! This city is know for four things: spicy food, spicy girls, teahouses and the panda bears. We experience three of the four tonight.