Monday, April 1, 2013

Home from China, part 3

Dalian is a beautiful city, situated near the rocky coastline, with hills and mountains surrounding the heavily populated city. Traffic in Dalian and Beijing was very busy, with pedestrians and bicyclists moving in and out of traffic as they could make their way. Changing lanes was a daring act, often accompanied by a beep-beep as the car moved over, trusting that the oncoming vehicles would yield. Turning at intersections sometimes resulted in traffic jams when cars would head in the direction they wanted to go and others were turning other ways. We don't have any photos of these scenes, because Linda and I often had our eyes closed. The only way this could work is because the traffic was moving much slower than we are used to here.

Mr. Wong and Linda

The temperatures were in the 30s F, and the wind could be quite chilling. Our guide (Nancy) from the Dalian Modern Museum took us to the Museum of Natural History and a large aquarium. We ate lunch at a place called "Barbecue Meat in Wang Mazi," selecting food by looking at pictures of dishes posted on the wall. Mr. Wong, our driver, tried to teach Linda to use chopsticks, but forks were always provided when they saw how inept we were. We enjoyed and were brave about trying new dishes . . . well, a little brave.

Martha and Nancy

We toured the Dalian Polytechnic University and visited with Professor Ren Wendong, a famous Chinese Brush artist, who shared his book of paintings with us. After my lecture, we visited classrooms where students were working on weaving, interior design, and clothing construction.

Professor Ren Wendong and staff

From window of Dalian Polytechnic University
From window of Dalian Polytechnic University

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