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At Wei's high school

Wei and I had big plans for today, even if it meant being outside in the heat of the day. We first caught a bus to the part of town where we were to meet Herin  and another friend we are still trying to get a better English name for, we’ll call her “S” for now. Once we finally met up we headed to where they went to high school together, not far from where Erin currently lives. The place was beautiful, a track and field was right near by and there were walls with green Chinese writing, simply beautiful. At this point the heat and sun were picking up but that didn’t stop us; we just bought soy milk and various other drinks to cool us down. From there we went to the Jingzhou museum as we originally had planned.

 

To see the tools, art and burial tombs of the ancient Chinese was not only a lot of fun but fascinating too.

The pillars
No wonder their culture is so structured and developed! I was even able to see a well preserved Chinese mummy, something purely due to their burial habits. The Chinese made many well crafted and decorate eating utensils but what I loved best were the lifelike carvings of men on horses, oxen, servants etc. that were crafted and buried with a person when they died. Those were by far the most interesting of artifacts!

 

While I would have loved to have stayed to view everything over again we all heard our tummies rumble and it was that time again; food became top priority. We found a restaurant not too far away and settled in for a meal; though surprisingly Wei didn’t eat. I had my usual fried rice though I think the place could have done much better on it and I was even disappointed when they neglected to give me chopsticks too and had to have one of the gang ask for me! The company was good though so it made up for what the restaurant lacked.

Wei, Kris and Herin

 

Next up was walking along the wall surrounding Jingzhou and while it is not “The Great Wall of China” it is still pretty impressive, old and in need of maintenance bad! This wasn’t the part Wei use to pass by daily but it was right next to it needless to say and the view was wonderful but what was to come was better yet. Once we left the wall (for you had to pay at a point where they gave you a better view) we headed through to the other side looking to see if we could get a tour ride around the wall. Well, at 30 RMB a person I told the girls to forget it; too pricy. Instead we did something I have never done before; rode a two person bike.

 

This was the best part of today, easily and the most special moment thus far in my journey.

Wei and I, one of my favourite pictures
With Wei steering for us in the front and me giving us power from behind it made me feel so free; with the wind blowing back my hair. The world just seemed to rush by us as I looked across to the other side of the lake, to the park we had previously walked with Wei’s family. We raced with “S” and Herin, we cruised at our own speed but most importantly I felt like we really bonded doing this and while we didn’t bike all around the wall (due to time restraints) we did make it to the north wall which gave me a lot to consider and enough time to appreciate being in China. I love it here and the only regret I have is not growing up here. Where playing outside is still more fun than video games, where there is a day life and a night life with everything in between to suit a person’s needs; I have to wonder why I was born in Canada. Giving back the bikes was hard since I had had so much fun but Wei and I agreed to bike the whole wall sometime and to buy a two person bike when we settled here for good. This is my exercise and China feels like my backyard.
Me, Kris and Herin

 

On our way out we passed by an Archery stand. Now I have never shot an arrow, or not so that I can remember. I have always longed to do this, dreamed of actually being able to take part in archery but I never dreamed it would be here and now. Stepping up to the plate, I did very poorly the first few arrows. After adjusting my bow to a woman’s bow instead I was at least able to draw the bow string back. Still though, the target remained elusive. With my second last arrow in hand I took aim and let it fly; not expecting much from this one either but was proudly shocked to see it land on the bull’s-eye, right smack dab in the middle too! Everyone was shocked, cheered and I was completely ecstatic but wondering what to say. After nabbing a picture to prove that I do sometimes get a bit of dumb luck (though I would love to call it talent) I let my last arrow fly and didn’t worry that it didn’t amount to much because I got a bulls-eye and the men running this thing and showing me how to do it; didn’t.

Ay Wei's high school
Yes, I feel smug.

 

While Wei and Herin grabbed some food on the way we headed to the arcade. I haven’t been in one for years but this was pretty standard. No matter how many tickets you win it’s never enough for the prizes; let alone the one’s worth getting. We were not here for that though, we were just killing some time and having some fun. We started off with “S” kicking my butt in a race car game, I swear I drive better in real life. Followed by Erin and me trying our hand at that basketball game where you try to throw the balls in the hoop and the second stage it moves. We both won a fair few tickets from that. Then Wei and Herin teamed up for a fighting game which they unfortunately lost. To end our arcade trip Herin, “S” and I played a game I had never seen before. You throw balls at a screen to hit the targets.

The stairway to Wei's high school
Well first it was a bunch of moving drinks; beers etc. and we just loaded our arms up with balls and tossed them all at once. We did the same for the ghosts, the monster attacking us and the aliens. I think that is the only reason why we did so good and got so many tickets; 50 to be exact.

 

To conclude our day we killed some time at a movie theatre, just sitting and talking while we tried to think up a new name for “S” (I promise we will find you a new English name!). Most of the conversation was in Chinese but I did get to answer a few questions they had so it was interesting to say the least. Then we went for our final meal for the day. It was my treat since they had been treating us all along. We quite literally sat at a long table where food was displayed. We would order food, they would cook it in front of us and we would eat within minutes. Then, while eating we would order more food.

A look out by the lake they have at her old high school
It was not only the best food ever but it was such an interesting way to eat and only cost 35RMB for the four of us and two beers. Honestly, I would take this over a fancy restaurant any day. Wei and our friends all laugh, I guess I really should have been born a Chinese like they say!

 

Some other funny highlights of the evening were Wei teaching “S” how to make an imitation of chicken feet with her hand/fingers to annoy me. They did this all day long so I swear I’ll get them back! Also we had some interesting conversations about our skin colour, people we’ve dated, bikini’s vs. one pieces etc. It was just a great day.

 

With all great days though there comes a bit of a road block sometimes.

A Chinese coffin. They consist of inner and outer chambers, representing the different rooms a person lives in in their lifetime.
While we visited with Herin to wrap things up at her place “S” asked how many girls I had dated before Wei, which led Wei to ask questions she knew the answers to and knew they would bother her. On our way home after an incident with a cat that turned out not to be homeless it appeared to me that Wei was quite unhappy. At current, she’s still unhappy and I’m not sure what to do, or if there is anything I can do, or if I should even do anything. What I do know though is that tomorrow we may go to her grandparent’s and it’s late now. My girl is in the other room and like it or not; I know deep down she really just wants me to hold her and keep her heart safe. So without further ado, I take my leave.

 

 

Red Cat Ate:
(to be updated)

 

Red Cat Firsts:
~ Riding a two person bike

~ Walking along Jingzhou wall

~ Meeting “S” and Herin

~ Having a friend use the Chicken feet tactic on me

~ Visiting Herin’s place
~ Archery
~ Getting a BullsEye!

bound4home says:
Lovely pictures.. but our past is our past..does not belong to others...
Posted on: Jul 19, 2009
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At Weis high school
At Wei's high school
The pillars
The pillars
Wei, Kris and Herin
Wei, Kris and Herin
Wei and I, one of my favourite pic…
Wei and I, one of my favourite pi…
Me, Kris and Herin
Me, Kris and Herin
Ay Weis high school
Ay Wei's high school
The stairway to Weis high school
The stairway to Wei's high school
A look out by the lake they have a…
A look out by the lake they have …
A Chinese coffin. They consist of …
A Chinese coffin. They consist of…
The coffin Chambes,in the front is…
The coffin Chambes,in the front i…
A tablet telling of the persons n…
A tablet telling of the person's …
The socks they use to wear.
The socks they use to wear.
Wooden carvings that went with tho…
Wooden carvings that went with th…
More of the human carvings, so det…
More of the human carvings, so de…
More of those carvings.
More of those carvings.
This carving of a boat and people …
This carving of a boat and people…
A real live, erm dead, Chinese mum…
A real live, erm dead, Chinese mu…
The combs they use to use, wooden …
The combs they use to use, wooden…
A miniture stove. I will check wit…
A miniture stove. I will check wi…
Looks like a goblet but is actuall…
Looks like a goblet but is actual…
A small table, since the Chinese s…
A small table, since the Chinese …
This, believe it or not, is an arm…
This, believe it or not, is an ar…
One of m favourite displays. Used …
One of m favourite displays. Used…
Zun-mug and zhi-mug. Used as drink…
Zun-mug and zhi-mug. Used as drin…
Zun-mug
Zun-mug
Hand carved figurines.
Hand carved figurines.
My favourite.
My favourite.
Note how eac one is distinctly dif…
Note how eac one is distinctly di…
Shaft of Chariot. Unearthedin Tian…
Shaft of Chariot. Unearthedin Tia…
The Tomb Guardian. Exclusive to th…
The Tomb Guardian. Exclusive to t…
Sword sheath.
Sword sheath.
Sword box.
Sword box.
Iron knife.
Iron knife.
Wooden sword.
Wooden sword.
Small clay figurines
Small clay figurines
Ancient tomb, from more prehistori…
Ancient tomb, from more prehistor…
Human clay figures
Human clay figures
Pig orcana. Blowing into it could …
Pig orcana. Blowing into it could…
Some food we ate afterwards, I lov…
Some food we ate afterwards, I lo…
My favourite picture taken by Wei.…
My favourite picture taken by Wei…
Looking along Jingzhou city wall.
Looking along Jingzhou city wall.
A small hole for guns?
A small hole for guns?
The upper design of the wall.
The upper design of the wall.
The main section with a large squa…
The main section with a large squ…
A look at the left corner of the p…
A look at the left corner of the …
I love the angle, we were walking …
I love the angle, we were walking…
Im not sure the character, but I …
I'm not sure the character, but I…
Jingzhou wall.
Jingzhou wall.
Standing on ground level, looking …
Standing on ground level, looking…
A two person bike, some can allow …
A two person bike, some can allow…
Wei and I, biking along the Jingzh…
Wei and I, biking along the Jingz…
Wei and I biking.
Wei and I biking.
A view shot out across the lake.
A view shot out across the lake.
Another view shot while biking.
Another view shot while biking.
Herin posing with Wei, her and Kir…
Herin posing with Wei, her and Ki…
Someones boat up against the lake…
Someone's boat up against the lak…
Graves mark the other side.
Graves mark the other side.
The man we refused to pay 30RMB pe…
The man we refused to pay 30RMB p…
Archery!
Archery!
Im getting ready to shoot.
I'm getting ready to shoot.
They caught me taking the shot.
They caught me taking the shot.
Bulls Eye!Darn proud of it too!
Bull's Eye!Darn proud of it too!
I love the bridges in China.
I love the bridges in China.
A shot of the arcade.
A shot of the arcade.
Jingzhou
photo by: redcatxia