Dear Friends Qīn'ài de péngyǒumen In the last blog I invited anyone to give us some information about the railway museum site. Thanks to Eunice xiexie who did some independent research for us. This is what she says:
"I just saw your Novermber 18 Beijing Breakfast Letter, about the unused railway complex question, I baidu the answer,they said it's a test base for the new trains at first, now it's more like a satelite town of 798, a lot of artists rent the warehouses, then walk a few minutes to 798 to sale their paintings. If you like, check this website, I got the information from herehttp://zhidao.baidu.com/question/125452046.html.
"You know,my hometown Ganzhou have the best naval oranges in China,Ganzhou is called the hometown of naval oranges, we held Naval Orange Festival every year which includes many activities,this year they invited one of the most famous hosts in CCTV and many celebrities for the opening of the festival. And festival starts means this year's oranges are really ripe, so the naval oranges in the market before are not so fresh. I find some websites about naval oranges and the Naval Orange Festival in my hometown. http://my.putclub.com/?uid-1205661-action-viewspace-itemid-17207http://www.ganzhou.gov.cn/english/AboutGanzhou/industries/200903/t20090303_74746.htmhttp://www.made-in-china.com/showroom/chinesenavelorange/companyinfo/Municipal-Government-Of-Ganzhou.htmlhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-navel-orange.htmhttp://www.fotoav.com/read-article-521.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganzhou
Eunice is finishing classes and going back home for the spring festival holiday, cutting out of town ahead of the crushing millions of people who travel by train to visit their hometowns for what we call Chinese new years but what they call spring festival.
Li Zhang showed some of us about Chinese tea. Three young researchers, two from Italy, one from Spain and myself. She brewed several kinds starting with The Guan Yin, some had grassy, sour, flowery fragrances and special tastes.
Li also explained how the different teas were grown or prepared. Mostly and originally prepared only for the empoeror and then monks drank tea to stay awake during long meditation sessions.
On Friday Dec 2 it snowed at Tsinghua. I woke to find the hutong under a blanket of white. I got to wear my foul weather cycling gear and to ride my bicycle in an inch of snow which quickly melted in the roads, but remained for days on the roofs and out of the way places. By the next day the sky was clear blue and the sun shone brightly.
According to friends in Beijing, I was lucky to fly out on Sunday ahead of a terrible bout of smog which closed the airport Sunday night to Tuesday morning. The US Embassy air quality reading was 'scary bad' 'basically off the chart.' They tell me: enjoy your internet freedom.
Last night the outdoor light woke us and I got to see a small brown bear walking around the yard, looking for fruit that have fallen out of the pear and apple trees. Possibly could be one of the two cute baby bear cubs I saw this summer.
Outstanding weather, sunny and cold but warm in the afternoon in the sun. Raking leaves and sweeping the porch. Wound up a hose, covered the spigot with a mitten against freezing.
We're drinking green tea everyday.
Hui tou jian