Two of our professors from BTH from Sweden came to visit the Nanjing school and we took them to Purple Mountain where we visited sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum.
The last day we started by visiting Xiamen botanic garden and it was wonderful. In the area was also a mountain. When we started to clime we didn’t know where we are going, thought that there will be just few stairs, but it never ended, no one informed about that we have started a mountain climb. Also it was very hot in humid in Xiamen, so when we reached the top we were sweaty as hell..
Then we visited Xiamen university and it was beautiful, the campus was super pleasant.. next to a sea as well.. There we just had to try the three seat bicycles and omg it was hard to ride, the first two minutes we thought we will never start, but then it worked, and p.s. most of the time I didn’t peddle at all : D
When we reached the sea a family came to me and gave me their baby just to make photos, I couldn’t believe that that’s really happening.. The evening we ended by visiting Gulangyu Island.
On the third day we took a 3 hour bus ride up to the mountains to the Roundhouses. Only in recent years it has become a tourist attraction and people actually live in them. The buildings are constructed layer by layer using only mix of raw earth, sand, lime, glutinous rice, and brown sugar, and reinforced with bamboo and wood. In one house lives one family with all relatives and in many generations. Some of the houses are older than 1000 years and still in a good condition. The houses were round to easier fend off bandits and warlords. A funny thing is that US saw the houses from satellite and at first thought they were nuke bases.
On the second day we went to a small island that’s is still part of Xiamen and we could see Taiwan far away in the sea.. One of our teachers comes to this island every year, that’s how much he loves it. To get to the island we took a boat which is free one way, but for coming back you need to pay 8 RMB if you leave before 9 o’clock, 4 RMB if you leave before 10 o’clock and it’s for free if you leave later in the evening. And the most nice thing was that the island is car free, what was a nice change from the everywhere allowed cars in rest of China..
We went to a 4 day study trip to Xiamen which is an island, that’s in South of China. And of course the first thing I did when landing was fall down on a flat surface, on my ass and hit my knee. The only western girl falls – so embarrassing. But thankfully teacher Liu Wei was next to me and with a smile explained, that falling down in China means luck and wealth, so the embarrassment changed into a smile : D. And the knee turned super blue..
During the day we visited some beautiful places in Xiamen and took a late-night walk around our hotel.
Mine (color pencile one) took me half an hour to finish and is ma ma hu hu, the other one (mark pen) was made in like two minutes by Bao Xiaoming , he has had a lot of practice thou ; )
Nice, relaxing Sunday evening with dinner in school cafeteria and a beer at Allen’s
We attended a three day music festival. From the beginning it was supposed to be an international festival with bands from US, Sweden and so on, buuuuuut on the first day the government decided not to allow any Western bands to play, even thou everybody had arrived. And the reason was a Chinese painter, that says thing that the government doesn’t like and apparently the bands where in some kind of connection or supported him. But we still got lucky, because two other festivals were completely canceled. So the International Music Festival turned into international viewer Asian Music Festival : ) Nevertheless it was good and we enjoyed all three days. And all the bands that weren’t allowed to play in the festival organized a free concert after the festival in on of Nanjing bars. Still we found 3 very good bands. The best on was this – 左右.