Mid Autumn Festival is a harvest holiday here in China. We had a day off from our teaching and decided to take a fast train to Tianjin, about a half-hour away from Beijing at over 200 mph. The city was surprisingly beautiful with new, modern buildings and older “concession” buildings which were built by various European nations that gained control of the port city after the Opium wars in China. We first visited Ancient Culture Street, a large area that has preserved the old Chinese culture.
Monkey King is back
Shopping Ancient Culture Street
The art of Paper Cutting
Old Versus the New
Adventures are more fun with friends. Ruthann Martin is a fellow teacher at CFAU. She’s from South Africa.
This man was playing an old instrument (Er Hu, or two-stringed instrument) to entice us into the shop
Pineapple or Rice? They know how to make their rice sweet and delicious. We are not used to healthy snacks
The art of making porridge includes hot water that comes from a big tea cup. Mike Martin in foreground.
You have to enjoy the statues everywhere!
They do like their pancakes . . .but not what we would expect
This is homemade candy. They can create any shape you would like.