|Bryan, Wang Xueyan, with his extended family|
|Enjoying lunch in a Pingyao courtyard|
|So many dishes!|
The first thing one learns about Taiyuan in Shanxi, is THE NOODLES. They are very proud of their fantastic food and abundance of noodles: oatmeal noodle, cat eared pasta, knife cut noodles, hand pulled noodles, 25 meter long noodle in one bowl, and noodles cut with giant scissors
|It's OKAY to slurp noodles. Really.|
We travel two hours south of Taiyuan to Pingyao. Pingyao is China's best preserved walled city. 40,000 people live in this ancient city. No cars are allowed, just bicycles and tour buggies.
|Confucius Temple from the top of Pingyao city wall|
|Pingyao City Tower|
|Reenactment of ancient court system|
from Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644
|Mao Lan, Jeanie, Fannie|
at Temple Garden
|Pingyao is a World Heritage Site|
|One can walk the city's wall:|
6 km circumference
|New friends made in Pingyao|
|Qiao Family Couryard|
|Raise the Red Lantern|
Near Taiyuan, we visit another unique site called Qiao Family courtyard, Qing-dynasty merchant's residence. This complex is made famous by the filming of the movie Raise the Red Lantern.
|Zhou Cypress has been growing at|
an angle for 900 years!
|One final restaurant before we depart|
We are in awe of the hospitality of Bryan and his wife, Wendy's family. The minute we arrive, we are not allowed to pay for anything, and everything is organized for us: hotel, transportation, meals, and tourism. We are additionally overwhelmed when we are presented with numerous gifts upon departure: hand-painted scroll painting, bottles of Shanxi famous vinegar, tins of green tea, and a beautiful lacquer-ware jewelry box.
Xie, xie !!
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
We hope to repay their kindness by being excellent hosts to any of you who can come visit us whether it be Shanghai, China, or Tacoma, Washington.
K and J
Next Up: Granite peaks, twisted pines, and the poetic mist of Huangshan Mt.