• National Day Holiday & East Lake

    by  • October 3, 2007 • China • 1 Comment

    posted by Sarah

    This week in China marks one of the two holidays that affect our work schedules – National Day, or the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. We have the week off, and so does the entire population of China (at least it seems that way). We decided to use the time off to work on getting ahead with our class preparation, but so far we’ve spent our time vegging out and recuperating from the killer week we spent in class last week (9 days straight of classes!).

    Yesterday we went to East Lake (a popular Shaoxing tourist spot) with Ying, one of our Chinese colleagues in the Foreign Language department, whose boyfriend was also visiting from Shanghai for the holiday. It was moderately hot, enough to get us good and sticky, and we spent a nice cool 30 minutes on one of the black wooden boats on the lake. These are pretty common all over Shaoxing’s canals. Shaoxing, according to Marco Polo, is the “Venice of the East.” (We joked that if or when we travel to Venice we’ll exclaim, “Ah, Venice! The Shaoxing of the West!”)

    Here’s a video (plus pictures) of us enjoying the day…

    Afterwards, we returned to Shaoxing where Ying’s boyfriend took us to a little family restaurant close to where he once worked along a side-street/alleyway that looked more like the entrance to someone’s home. Which it was. There we feasted (a “light lunch” as Ying put it) on jujube fruits, roast duck with bamboo, green beans with seaweed, tiny freshwater “snails” in a deliciously garlicky and gingery brown bean sauce (which Ying insisted were not snails – “Chinese do not eat snails”), fish, soup, and rice. It was all very tasty and the total cost of the meal was 65 yuan, or according to the current exchange rate, $8.66. That’s probably the best meal deal we’ve gotten here yet!


    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    One Response to National Day Holiday & East Lake

    1. Christy
      October 12, 2007 at 4:50 pm

      So I was watching Survivor because it’s in China this season (somehow that makes me feel more connected to you) and I was wondering if it was still so hot there that you were having to wear your lycra shorts and Survivor bandanas for shirts and anyway, point is, they showed those fishing birds in action and I just couldn’t believe it. I was trying to describe them to Nathan, but felt I was failing. Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw a picture of them on your video! Well, it sounds like you guys are having a great adventure. I think I’m going to enter a survivor contest so we can win a trip to China so we can visit you. Love you and miss you!

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