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!”)