Monday, April 21, 2014

Our Chinese hotel... a temple... our wonderful hosts... and humor...

(In case you're new here, we got back last Tuesday night ... from Chengdu, China.)
(Yes. China!)

Here's a picture from our hotel room. (We were on the sixth (of eight) floors.)...


Our hotel was VERY nice.
Well, here's the restaurant where we ate breakfast every morning...
Here's what Sam wrote about it (in an e-mail to some of you)...
Breakfast for two, our hotel dining room. Each morning begins here where we are served a wide assortment of foods. Very good breakfast. The castle in the background is of an ancient Tibetan Holy City built in the mountains, about 10,000 feets. Over 600,000 people live there.

I didn't take a picture of our hotel room (should have), but it was very nice.   Very nice.... and just one and a half blocks from the church where Sam taught his classes....

 

The day before classes started, we got to spend most of the afternoon touring an active Taoist Temple (pronounced Daoist). It was huge... with many more buildings than this one...

You can click this next picture - to see it bigger - so as to read it, if you want to...
(Well, I was thinking you could read it.)


Here are Abby and Hannah (their English names) who showed us around...

 We spent several hours with them (and our American hosts).
Sam wrote this about them (in an e-mail to some of you)...
They are both doctoral students from the local Chinese university.  Hannah, on the right, studies world religions and her dissertation is on Buddhism. Abby, on the left, studies Chinese Linguistics. One is a new believer and the other a new friend. Hannah spent most of the afternoon taking us through the Temple and explaining Taoism to us. This may have been the highlight of the trip for me. It gave me a great insight into the post graduate education in China.
Here are a few more pictures of the Temple area...

 





Here you can see the Americans who were with us, leading the way...

We cannot thank them enough - for taking care of us.

Here's what they emailed us just last night about yesterday (Easter Sunday), 
We just enjoyed a full Easter Sunday. In the morning, 66 people were baptized! After the afternoon concert by the choir, another dozen came forward to believe. One of those this afternoon was one of our English students! Praise God!
 Is that not WONDERFUL!??
Praise God indeed!!!

Here they are in their apartment....
That's a wall hanging their dear friend, whose English name is Lisa, gave them . 
(I wish I had written down what it meant.)


Here's Michelle at their apartment entrance....
 That's the 'shoe case' with their shoes, that they put on when they leave their place.

Here's the basket of slippers their visitors can wear when they enter the apartment....
 That's my shoe on the bottom right.

Thanks again, M&B, for taking care of us (down to our feet),
and making us feel so at home...
in this exotic, wonderful country
halfway around the world!!
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In closing this post, there's this...
Sam was amazed at how the Chinese 'got' his humor.
He would say something funny (with his dry sense of humor), and they would just roar (first those who understood English, and then the others, after the translator translated.)
Wherever else he's taught, like in the U.S. and in Russia, the students often didn't 'get' the humor....
but the Chinese did!!!

Here we are with the gift the class gave us the last day...
Thank you, thank you!!!
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I have a few more China pictures I want to share...
so stay tuned!



3 comments:

Elizabeth H. said...

This is so neat!!! I love reading about your trip!

laura said...

wonderful!

Bobbie said...

Great trip commentary. Just goes to show ya - we're all brothers and sisters on this big old planet!