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Dad's tea pot and tiny cup.

  Tracy's mom finished her long journey to Weifang at about 1am Friday morning, nevertheless she seemed full of good cheer later that morning and was ecstatic to meet pop.  Tracy's mom gave daddio a bunch, no, a gross of tea and a tea pot.  Daddy was so grateful, flattered and rather shocked to recieve so many presents the first time meeting.  It left him a little speechless but surely enthusiastic to recieve so much tea. 

  Soon enough our dear friends, Peter and Val, showed up and we all got to chat for a while before heading out to Shou Guang.  Shou Guang is a small village on the outskirts of Weifang proper where, every year, they have a vegetable fair showcasing a massive array of various plants, vegetables and flowers.

a Squeezed Melon
  This event is synonymous to a farmer's convention/trade show, complete with stands selling seeds, soil, and a gazillion different vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants.  We also encountered some tea vendors, art sellers, stuffed animal dealers and an otherwise incredible mish-mash of items and goods.   

  Shou Guang had an extraordinary collection of things and stuff, but it also had something that China has no lack of whatsoever.  People.  Lot's of them.  Most of them were enraptured to see not one, not two, but FOUR FOREIGNERS all together at the same time, browsing the joint.  This is quite an unimaginable circumstance to relay to Americans but take a wonder what it would be like if there were only short, black people in America.

The whole gang.
  No other races, colors, none, only black.  Imagine you have never seen other races in person, only on TV, in movies.  Now imagine you're at the store, everyone around is just like you, black.  You're entire life all you've ever known is short black people.  Then I walk in.  Tall, red haired, giant.  And with me is another huge white dude and two more white people.  This is about the best analogy I can come up with to explain Chinese behavior towards foreigners, especially white ones.  They flip out.  Shouting 'HELLO!', measuring their height to mine, covertly (or overtly) taking photos, staring, laughing, they lose it.  It's all in good cheer, though and they are all mostly happy (some seem a little scared) to see this.
A cornucopia of a waterfall.
  I just imagine what the people tell their relatives/wives/friends...

  Anyways, in Shou Guang, Peter, Val, dad and I got to experience lot's of this stuff and it was quite hilarious to do this with dad.  Hahahaha!  Shou Guang  had massive vegetables, hanging from vines, from bamboo rickets in the ceiling, from faux-cement trees and waterfalls and ponds all displayed in 'greenhouses/warehouses' spread across the grounds.  They all were arranged creatively, artfully and all admired the lay out.     

  After seeing what there was to see in Shou Guang, we headed back to the city and had some food.  After lunch Peter and Val departed and the four of us (Tracy, her mom, Dad and I) walked over to the tailor street nearby.

Pop's all smiles.
  'Tailor Street' is the section of Weifang where all the tailors have congragated and set up shop.  A small road choked with people on bicycles, obnoxious taxi drivers, food vendors, small restaurants, little fruit and vegetable shops and pedestrians everywhere peeking, poking, chatting and generally trying to navigate through this claustrophobic road.  Strolling the byway, dad and I got innumerable stares, shouts and smiles which I've mostly grown immune to.  Pop seemed to soak it right up.  Tailor street may be noisy and busy and the roads may be grimy but it has a fantastic shop there (where Tracy had my Chinese coat made last Christmas) and Dad looked at some materials.  Tracy's mom tried to encourage pop to get a coat made for himself, but since he already has two, her mom bought the materials he was looking at to take back home with him.
Nice tree! Actually it's a concrete base, trunk and limbs covered with plants! Shou Guang at it's finest!
  More gifts for pop, and since the materials were for mom, gifts for her, too.

  We departed tailor street, beared witness to more curious, perplexed and generally excited Chinese folk and took the bus back to the apartment.  After a busy morning and afternoon, dad was happy to relax and chat with my girlfriend and her mom.  A calm, quiet ending to an otherwise busy and noisy day. 

 

 

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Dads tea pot and tiny cup.
Dad's tea pot and tiny cup.
a Squeezed Melon
a Squeezed Melon
The whole gang.
The whole gang.
A cornucopia of a waterfall.
A cornucopia of a waterfall.
Pops all smiles.
Pop's all smiles.
Nice tree!  Actually its a concre…
Nice tree! Actually it's a concr…
Dad makes some new friends.  They …
Dad makes some new friends. They…
Posing for yet another photo.  Im…
Posing for yet another photo. I'…
Peter and Val cooling down, laughi…
Peter and Val cooling down, laugh…
Flowers
Flowers
Pop and Tracys mom have a laugh.
Pop and Tracy's mom have a laugh.
Tea set from Tracys mom.
Tea set from Tracy's mom.
Matt and Dad.
Matt and Dad.
Dragon Waterfall
Dragon Waterfall
Snake Melon... mmmm.
Snake Melon... mmmm.
132 km (82 miles) traveled
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