Abroad: China

Yesterday was Mid-Autumn Festival in China and the common gift is mooncakes. Above you see the ones my school gave me. Throughout the neighborhood there are vendors selling these cakes, which I’ve learned can be used as a secondary currency creating problems of corruption.

I don’t like the one’s with bean paste, but the nut-filled ones are okay. The trick for me is to eat about a quarter of a cake a day. They’re pretty heavy and the sweetness can get excessive.

The Key to My Heart

At Thousand Buddha Mountain you can buy locks that you put by the incense burner. They’re charms to help you with your love life.

The Motherland

Yesterday some of the teachers and a couple students had a concert for the Freshmen. The occasion was the upcoming National Day, China’s Fourth. The video above is an emotional ode to the Motherland.

We also had several songs including Edelweiss, which was done twice, and a skit about food safety and the hazards of buying candy outside of school. (I kid you not.)

The guard is beating a vendor who sold dirty candy

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Abroad: China

I’m reading Lisa See’s Dreams of Joy and it takes place about the time this painting was done. One of the main characters is an artist, who painted such scenes.

I saw this painting in Beijing at the National Museum of Art.