As promised, this post shall update you on the places I travelled since I came back to China this summer. I apologize that it took me so long to type everything up, upload the photos and make anyone crazy in this crazily long wait.
First Stop: Fuzhou, Fujian, China 福州，福建，中国
As I explained in my previous CHINA TRIP post (a.k.a. the freakishly long post about just the airplane flights), Fuzhou is my hometown, where I, a magical ball of energy, was born. Consider it is located in the southern part of China, it is very hot during the summer, especially when you consider how much more people live there in comparison to the number of people living in a typical Canadian town.
Anyways, I met with my family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and did the works… I’ve gone to a fancy restaurant 5 times since I got back.And by fancy, I meant those who were integrated with a large hotel, had numerous rooms that had fancy tableware, a TV, and 2 waiters for each of the rooms.
Are you in awe yet? Just a typical part of a upper middle class lifestyle in the hustle and bustling country that is China. Speaking of food, I also found that my city was filled with these restaurants where they serve thin-steaks on a hot metal plate with eggs and pasta as a side-dish. I seriously LOVE IT. The anticipation as they take off the metal cover and how we get extra large pieces of tissue paper to cover our skin from being burned by the tiny bits of oil flying everywhere, the warm piece of meat in your mouth… I can’t say that it’s the best thing I’ve ever tasted, but it brings back a nostalgic feeling – let me explain why: Before immigrating to Canada, I used to always eat these 铁板烧 every few weeks or so and it was like heaven in my mouth as I took every bite (at that time). This kind of food or platter was proclaimed as ‘western food’ in China, therefore I jumped to the conclusion that these kind of restaurants were all over Canada…and guess what, it wasn’t. Considering I haven’t gone back for 5 years, I have gone thin-steak-free for one third of my life so far.
How were my relatives you ask? The adult ones, great, my uncle’s son was born just 9 months ago and he is SUPER CUTE. I’m not talking about Usui-Takumi-Chibi-Face-Cute, I am talking about FULL-ON-SHUGO-CHARA-SU-CUTE-without-the-annoying-voice. Imagine a Chinese baby with puffy rosy cheeks and big blackish brown eyes.. He’s even cute when he cries…so no one cares how he has a bad temper, or that he randomly poops at the wrong times (Everyone in my house has been at least pooped and peed on twice :D)
My three other younger cousins on the other hand, were okay, you know how kids are between the ages of 6 – 12 … sometimes annoying, a bit rebellious, plus chinese education is more of teaching you facts and knowledge than to teach you how to be more civil – large number of students/citizens = no focus on individuality.
I spent most of the time with my aunt and her daughter (my cousin) when I went back, they were the ones who brought me shopping, to get a haircut, and on a short 1 hour cruise around the harbour.
Stop 1.5 – Xiamen, Fujian, China 厦门，福建
Well, Xiamen is just a few hours drive away from Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian, and to generally describe it.. it is a place for sun and fun – like Orlando of Fujian. Beaches, little island, a bird sanctuary, cable cars and etc. Lotsa stuff, other than the fact that the washrooms were stinky (there weren’t toilets, just a small, porcelain covered-girl-urinal in the ground with a hole somewhere, that leads a to large canal.. ), it was hot like no tomorrow (30-38 degrees Celsius) and that we got lost and went back the same path at least 3 times… It was pretty a satisfactory experience – got to take some pictures, some quality time with my dad and cousin, plus I met someone from Penn State University that just graduated, who specializes Hotel and Restaurant Management.
So i guess that’s it for now, I’ll be sure to post the next few stops in the new weeks or so!
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