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Chenzi (Katie) and some decoration umbrellas

Our day started off by picking up Katie, Ike’s girlfriend and Wei’s friend/former dancing teacher at the Wuhan airport. From there we dropped her stuff off at her hotel and proceeded to do a bit of sight seeing. Driving to the outskirts of where we would later go to the Yellow Crane Tower, we walked up and down a crowded street with all kinds of food stands. We quite literally bought food from every other one and I’m not exactly sure what I ate but much of it was delicious!

After our little food testing we headed to the Yellow Crane Tower, my first real tourist spot to visit. We climbed, and climbed and climbed some more; Wei and I speaking of how cute Ike and Katie were.

Guardian Statue
Both wanted to hold hands, to walk so close together but neither would make the move due to shyness. Once we finally reached the front gate I was definitely inspired by the different architecture and the height of this thing! You see pictures sure, but walking through this place was something else.

History has it the emperor of China resided here with his soldiers in training. Every day there was a bell that would ring (it’s since been replaced due to the original sustaining damage) to single the beginning of the day, training and chores. Thus, there are huge courtyards, gardens and walkways!

We were greeted by the Chinese guardian statues, of which my grandmother loves, followed by rows of lanterns. I think the pictures mostly speak for themselves but I was intrigued by the many levels we walked to get to the top of this tower, the view in which it offered as well as the paintings within.

Yellow Crane Tower

I did find it amusing though, in the emperor’s garden there is a lake filled with many lucky fish. For a small fee you may feed these fish. Well I once again wish my friend Fins was here to see this as the fish came far and wide for this food. Boys were some of them huge and fat! They even pushed each other out of the water for this food! No worries though, she’s away in Rome right now but I video taped them just for her upon our reunion.

My favourite place in this whole area was the path we took along the garden. It was peaceful, quiet; easy to feel in tune with nature. If Wei and I could have but stopped and sat on the grass together it would have been perfect.

Later that evening we went to dinner at a very expensive and fancy restaurant on Ike’s tab, thank you Ike, and it was here that I ate my very first sample of frog.

Side view of the YCT
My opinion? SPICY!! Oh my goodness, if you like the feel of your throat on fire with nothing to put it out; try frog. Maybe it’s an Asian thing but after a few pieces of one frog I was happy to politely decline more. There were two weddings taking place at the restaurant which gave the place a sort of merry feel and something I found very cool was the fact they had a revolving piece on the table so that all dishes were accessible to Wei, Katie, Ike, Ray, Julia and I.

The night was still young though and if you know Ike, then you know the day is never done. We went to my very first KTV place. KTV, for those who do not know, is a room where you sit around in comfortable couches and sing karaoke style to the words and music videos on the TV screen. I’ve never come across this in my Canadian country but maybe it does exist there. None the less, I am no singer so while I was excited a part of me wanted to become invisible too.

The evening was better than I expected.

A closer look at the statue in front.
We each had two coolers (I had three because Wei couldn’t drink two), some fruity snacks and enough Chinese songs to keep everyone busy using their voices. I only had to sing a total of three songs, “Do Something” by Brittany Spears for Wei to kick start the evening, “You Are My Sunshine” and my best singing performance yet; Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” which left everyone awestruck. Oh, and I was able to fill in on the Chinese songs when they threw in some English but my Chinese fiends definitely out sang me.

Ray taught me how to play a gambling game with Ike and him. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I was pretty good at it and won on many occasions. It was all about lying; who was the best liar. O.O After about several hours of this we all called it a night, Wei and I taking a taxi home. I slept well that night, knowing I had the experience of a lifetime that day; I did what every normal Chinese youth does with their friends.

Red Cat Ate:
Frog
Bamboo shoots
(more to come)

Red Cat Firsts:
- Tourist site
- Eating frog
- Going to a KTV
- Played a gambling game
- Singing in front of a group of people
- Watching fish swarm like bees
- Singing karaoke
- Going to Wuhan Airport

bound4home says:
Yellow Crane Tower such a beautiful place. I would like to see it when I come to China
Posted on: Jul 19, 2009
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Chenzi (Katie) and some decoration…
Chenzi (Katie) and some decoratio…
Guardian Statue
Guardian Statue
Yellow Crane Tower
Yellow Crane Tower
Side view of the YCT
Side view of the YCT
A closer look at the statue in fro…
A closer look at the statue in fr…
Some artwork from inside.
Some artwork from inside.
A view of the front gate.
A view of the front gate.
Another view shot of where the bel…
Another view shot of where the be…
More artwork from within.
More artwork from within.
Some statues along the walkway.
Some statues along the walkway.
The new bell that was used to ro…
The "new" bell that was used to r…
While walking down the walkway you…
While walking down the walkway yo…
The Emperors pond.
The Emperor's pond.
Emperors pond.
Emperor's pond.
The lucky fish!
The lucky fish!
See them swarm!
See them swarm!
Some mroe artwork around a section…
Some mroe artwork around a sectio…
A closer look at the carvings.
A closer look at the carvings.
Walking along through the garden, …
Walking along through the garden,…
I really loved this place!
I really loved this place!
Another shot of the garden.
Another shot of the garden.
The garden in YCT.
The garden in YCT.
Heading back to the main gates.
Heading back to the main gates.
A lovely little display of the Chi…
A lovely little display of the Ch…
A look down below to where the gar…
A look down below to where the ga…
Wuhan
photo by: FK27