Minus 31 degrees

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Arriving in Beijing

I landed in Beijing at the same time as a massive blizzard.  Apparently one of the worse on record.  I have never experienced anything quite like it.  The plane underwent something like a giant outside car wash of antifreeze gas to blow the snow off the plane enough for us to then fly out.  Slightly nervous run down the tarmac, but we made it.  Our plane was the last to fly out but we were rerouted to Qindao instead due to the weather being too severe to land in Shenyang.  It was a long way around... south for 2 hours, then north.  A 90 minute flight turned into 8 hours.

Arrived in Shenyang at about 3pm.

Outside the airport
  Minus 31.  Unbelievable cold.  As we walked to the taxi I think I went into shock because I thought I was walking but soon realised I was hardly able to put one foot in front of the other.  My scarf instantly froze on my face and my lungs hurt. I could not feel my hands.  It was one of the strangest experiences of my life.  I eventually thawed out in the taxi, and am now nesting into my hotel room.. which is thankfully cozy and warm.  I am right in the middle of Shenyang city.  Twelfth floor.  I have sweepng views of the city overlooking the a main city square which has a towering statue of Mao.  It's the perfect landmark.  I am told that Starbucks is 'just down the street', but in these temperatures will feel like crossing the Artic Circle without dog sleighs. 

Will send some photos as soon as I am settled.  Business starts in earnest tomorrow with an early meeting with the Ministry of Education and the first session with 30 students at 1.00pm, followed by my welcome banquet by the Ministry.  Gonna be a long first day. 

The adventure was just getting here...

a1or57 says:
hey I was there last month, ..you just catched the worst time to visit shenyang =)
Posted on: Jan 15, 2010
gimpel says:
Last year we had the other way around. Leaving the netherlands with minus 15 and arrive in Perth at night around plus 30. Thats better...
Posted on: Jan 14, 2010
rotorhead85 says:
That sounds worse than culture shock!
Posted on: Jan 12, 2010
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For a tropical Queensland Australian, there is nothing quite like the feeling of minus 30 degrees. But, the warmth of my students and Chinese business associates makes it all worthwhile.  There are so many things in Chinese culture I wish I could transport to the West.  The food is great, the people warm and friendly, and the massages every night after dinner are just magnificient.  And nothing quite makes you all warm and fuzzy as when someone pays you the compliment.."Your big nose is very beautiful.'
Arriving in Beijing
Arriving in Beijing
Outside the airport
Outside the airport
A blizzard hits just as we board o…
A blizzard hits just as we board …
The snow covering the window of th…
The snow covering the window of t…
Taxing down the tarmac..
Taxing down the tarmac..
View from my window while they blo…
View from my window while they bl…
Blowing the snow off the plane so …
Blowing the snow off the plane so…
My home away from home in Shenyang
My home away from home in Shenyang
View from my 12th floor room
View from my 12th floor room
Yes, it is me under the layers.
Yes, it is me under the layers.
Meetings meetings meetings
Meetings meetings meetings
Teaching a group of 20 Chinese tea…
Teaching a group of 20 Chinese te…
Does this jacket make me look fat?
Does this jacket make me look fat?
Great place for lunch
Great place for lunch
My colleagues in China
My colleagues in China
Great winter warming soup!
Great winter warming soup!
With my colleagues
With my colleagues
Alice serving soup
Alice serving soup
Classroom
Classroom
Some of my students
Some of my students
students
students
Class activities
Class activities
I really am smiling underneath all…
I really am smiling underneath al…
The best part of the evening...
The best part of the evening...
Mmmmm is for massage
Mmmmm is for massage
Relaxed lah!
Relaxed lah!
Students
Students
Small group discussion activity
Small group discussion activity
Street scene
Street scene
with a street vendor
with a street vendor
steaming hot pork buns.  Yum!
steaming hot pork buns. Yum!
Classroom shots
Classroom shots
Students
Students
Class activity
Class activity
Nuts about China... walnuts, hazel…
Nuts about China... walnuts, haze…
Newspaper Stall
Newspaper Stall
Bow-Za!  One of my favourite thing…
Bow-Za! One of my favourite thin…
Making Bow-Za
Making Bow-Za
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