Archive for November, 2009

Breaking the Cycle: Henan

Posted in Henan, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , on November 22, 2009 by foundmeinchina

My normal life here in Beijing has been somewhat different these past few weeks–I went on a trip to Henan province from 11/6-11/9–the so–called 所谓 ‘cradle of Chinese civilization’, where the remains of China’s first dynasty, the Shang dynasty, were discovered. The Shang was not a dynasty in the sense of the Han or the Qing–back then China was primitive, with different societies in different river valleys with virtually no contact. But what do you expect from life in 3-2000BCE? Anyway, Luoyang, the capital of Henan, was one of the four ancient capitals of China (中国四大古都, the other three being Xi’an (then called Chang’an), Nanjing, and of course Beijing. Luoyang is now a mid-sized city, but its history is still very very rich. Originally, I was not too excited about going to Henan–there are so many other places in China that I would rather see–but given the EAP travel budget, Henan was as far as they could take us. Turns out it was a lot of fun. It was the first time that I got to meet the other UC EAP students, which was nice–the more friends the better it seems like, and despite my seemingly iron resolve when I arrived in China to not speak to any white people, it gets very tiring very quickly constantly having to think in Chinese. Having some fellow AmUHRicans to hang out with is a nice respite from the asian-ness of Asia.

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加油!

Posted in Beijing, Study Abroad China 2009-2010, Uncategorized with tags on November 19, 2009 by foundmeinchina

Midterms in 57 minutes.

Photos and Snow

Posted in Beijing, Musing, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags on November 16, 2009 by foundmeinchina

I am importing my 6000+ photos into Lightroom right now, so I thought it’d be a perfect time to throw down a little update on the recent goings-on out here.

It has snowed more in the past two weeks that it usually does during the whole winter season. The first snow of the season was actually the end product of a screw up by the Commie government. Everybody knows how the Chinese can control the weather (and thus, as some people believe, the world)–they used the technology to ensure beautiful weather for the Olympics. This time around, they planned to induce rainstorms in order to foster growth in this year’s wheat crop to make sure that there is enough food for the coming year. Despite the tens-of-thousands-strong bureaucracy, nobody managed to predict the cold front that was racing in during the scheduled rain. Thus, instead of some much-needed liquid water to quench the thirsty soon-to-be-mianbao crops, the fields all got a lot of gorgeous, but deadly snow which ended up killing off a lot of the wheat. Fail.

As far as I care though, it means that things are cold and slippery. Makes for an interesting walk to school every morning.