Full of food (great food actually), fun, sightseeing, and souvenir/gift buying!
I am having some stomach issues over here, but that didn’t stop me from eating the fabulous food we were prepared today for lunch. We visited a “peasant” village (and I use the term peasant lightly as this was a really nice little living area, the houses actually resembled little condos and we were definitely not out in the country) and two families cooked lunch for us.
I am so upset I didn’t snap some photos because this was one of the best meals I have had in China to date. I love the spices that are used in Xian (very hot and spicy). The meal consisted of mostly veggie dishes because providing meat for more than 90 people would become very expensive.
Here are some pics of the cooking process:
My fave dishes included this sprouted soybean saute with red chilli’s and a sweet sauce, a pumpkin-esque squash in a brown sugar-soy glaze, and a raw cabbage and scallion salad with an oil and chili based dressing. There were also scallion wraps that you could fill with all the different dishes <- so delicious…must try to recreate.
After a delicious and filling lunch. We visited a peasant painting museum where, I would say, more than 500 beautiful paintings were hanging.
The museum was very different from one you would find in the US, in that it was pretty stark and barren besides the beautiful art that hung from the walls. Various artists contributed to the collection all displaying their own styles and skill.
We even got to visit a room where the some of the artists were working on their latest masterpieces.
The best part of the visit was finding out (after asking in Chinese of course ) that we could buy the artwork!! I go two paintings for a total of 160 yuan (about 23 US dollars).
One for me and one for my parents.
The next stop on our whirlwind day was at the ruins of the matriarchal society of the Bam-po people<- one of China’s earliest known civilizations. The ruins found are over 7000 years old.
The ruins were discovered in 1953 and a building was built on top of the remnants of the civilization to protect it from the elements and open it to the public.
The coolest part of the exhibit was the preserved skeletons that were found more than 40 meters below the ground. They were all preserved so well and learning about they different burial styles was so interesting. I love history so this was right up my alley.
Outside the ruins building a man was selling these little Bam-po inspired instruments that were used in ancient times. The sound they make is so pretty (like a mix between a wolf’s howl and a flute), so I bought one to bring home with me.
Then we returned back to campus for dinner (I couldn’t take part in all the cultural food as I got sick twice after lunch…..oatmeal, rice, and fruit was all my system could handle).
After dinner I took a nice long run in the rain…..the rain gave me such a burst of energy, making my run really strong and fun.
Today was one of my favorite days yet! I hope the rest of my time here in China is just as amazing.