There are many performers in Tiāntán Park - some
instruments, some sing opera, some dance, etc. These two
gentlemen are playing èrhú (二胡 = er
= two, so "two string"
Unlike western violins, the bow is strung between
the two strings.
èrhú players were kind enough to let
Lauren and Anthony
try playing a bit. Anthony plays western violin, so this was a
nice treat for him!
The Summer Palace (颐和园) is a great place to cool off on
day because wind blows over the large, hand-dug lake, creating an
evaporative cooling effect.
The buildings at the Summer Palace are brilliantly
painted with intricate designs like this. The time involved with
all of this is staggering.
Lauren with three of Huang Wen Hui bóshì's
students resting by the lake.
The Emperor's palace (Zǐjinchéng = 紫禁城) is a huge
complex called the
Forbidden City. It was a hazy day when we visited this
year. This is the view from Tiān'ānmén Square (天安门广场)
looking toward the
main entrance to the Forbidden City.
Tai Chi lessons from Lu
Graduate student Lu Beibei sidelines as a tai chi chuan
instructor. She very graciously gave the three of us
tàijíquán (太极拳) lessons
during our stay in Bĕijīng. She is a great
very patient, very supportive, very attentive to detail, and very
unwilling to overlook mistakes.
Xīnjiāng-style dinner with
bóshì (of the China University of Mining and Technology -
Zhongguo Kuangye Dàxué - 中国矿业大学)
Wang bóshì (of the China University of
Mining and Technology
- Zhongguo Kuangye Dàxué -
is Xiao Ping's academic advisor in China.
He's an expert in petroleum and coal - fields of great interest to me,
but not my primary specialty. He honored us with a great dinner
at a restaurant specializing in Xīnjiāng
(新疆) food. There were dancers from Xīnjiāng there, as well.
Xiao Ping, Wang bóshì, and I at
dinner. Wang bóshì is a very good guy. If he
was an ore deposits geologist like me, I'd be happy to do research with
Xīnjiāng dancers with Lauren, Anthony, and me after
dancing together. I spoke with the dancers after the show on the
street in front of the restaurant after their shift. They were in
their regular modern clothes and would have blended in with almost any
group of college kids in China or the U.S. Xiao Ping translated
for me. Dancing in Bĕijīng was their big break (Xīnjiāng is a
Lauren for scale with a nice Rapakivi textured
granite used for dimension stone facing of the restaurant.
Special dinner with Xiao Ping
Xiao Ping treated us to a special traditional dinner at
a restaurant done up in the style of her hometown. Chinese people
can be remarkably generous and Xiao Ping is definitely an example of