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On the Road: Wehai Part III

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So, I learned some interesting things during the past few days. Some are newsy, some not. Let’s start with the newsy.

  1. An American couple named Finnie and Deb have transplanted here for a couple of years from a university in Nebraska. Deb attended our seminar on Tea. (See #2) So, Deb mentions to me an interesting aspect of the one child policy in China I hadn’t thought of before. (not that you are terribly interested in what I’ve thought before, but nonetheless)  Twins. What does a family do if they obtain a permit for one child, but become pregnant with twins?  You get to keep them.  But, for folks who violate the one child policy the penalties are fairly strict, like 15,000 to 30,000 RMB (Currency) or you lose your job if you are a government employee. For some folks twins can be the perfect way to circumvent the policy. But, of course raising a two children is still expensive, but less so if the twins are different sexes.  It is no surprise though that things here are a bit backwards than the U.S. Here boys are expensive.  Traditionally, the groom’s parents pay for the wedding, and the home. So that’s a double whammy for the parents.

    Thanks to Chinese Learner Blog for the Photo

  2. The twin talk occurred during our tea tutorial.  We sampled 5 teas: black, white, oolong, red and green. I’m no tea aficionado and you who are please feel free to skip this part.  I was amazed at the process.  It is simple and doesn’t take long to explain. First boil your water in a separate pot. Fill your tea pot and cups, then directly pour out the hot water. This heats up the pot. I’m not sure why it is important. I’m guessing not to shock the tea. Anyway, now that your teapot and cups are warm put your tealeaves in your strainer. Then pour your hot water over the tea then promptly pour out the water. This washes the leaves. Now you’re just another pour away from hot tea. Go ahead and fill your pot and then immediately pour the tea from the teapot into your cups. The kicker. No steep time. Well at least for those five teas we had zero steep time. Interesting huh?
  3. Sniffing a Black Tea: Thanks Dana Howard for the Photo

    Babies: So, picture a sumo wrestler. The diaper-like outfit. Got the picture? Now, picture babies running around the beach, or anywhere for that matter, with the complete opposite of that outfit. Two pant legs and a waist, but no back or front. Enough said. No need for detail or picture, but I can tell you it is true and for practical reasons, and maybe ingenious for potty training.

  4. The Liuong Island: Britain occupied a bunch of places for an awfully long time. This included the Liouong Island just off the coast of Weihai (BTW Pronounced Way- High) on the East China Sea. This is also home to the creation of the modern Chinese Navy.  I also learned that you can take a lot of photos in China, but not of an old British home guarded by Chinese Naval Officers. (Out of sheer fear, I will post a photo that may or may not exist after I arrive back in the U.S.) So instead:

    Funny that a sign with the correct translation "Life Jacket" was on the sign to the left.

  5. Pandas are Cute

    Cute Little Dude Isn't He

  6. Sometimes the sun has a ring around it. I saw it for the first time this week.

    Took the photo through my sunglasses to cut down on glare. Neat huh?

    That’s all for now. Hope to post more soon.  Hope everyone if faring well. Heard of severe weather in the region over the last day or so.

-Chad

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Written by Chad Lampe

May 23, 2011 at 7:39 am

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