Chinese Adventures

Adventures around China
  • Musical Saws

    Musical Saws

    Jing’an Park is just across the street from Jing’an temple. On a sunny day you can always find music and/or dancing. The place is mostly populate with retiree’s. I usually find opportunities to practice Mandarin there. And sometimes the music is impressive. These guys are playing a couple of musical saws (音乐锯 pronounced yīnyuè j...

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    • Jing'an Temple from the north side.
      Jing'an Temple from the north side.
    • Jinan main entrance
      Jinan main entrance
    • Giant symbol of prosperity and good luck.
      Giant symbol of prosperity and good luck.
    • Burning incense is important for prayer.
      Burning incense is important for prayer.
    • Vendors booths offering handmade and novel products.
      Vendors booths offering handmade and novel products.

    Jingan Temple in Shanghai

    Jingan Temple is a Buddist temple in Shanghai. According to wikipedia it was first built in 247 AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. It was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty, and renovated, with a new Pagoda, in 2010.” Why do Chinese people burn incense? I have asked many people and ...

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    • Not your typical mountain top.
      Not your typical mountain top.
    • At the halfway point you can see the stairs leading to a pass.
      At the halfway point you can see the stairs leading to a pass.
    • Steep stairs from here to the top
      Steep stairs from here to the top
    • Prayer locks and prayer flags.
      Prayer locks and prayer flags.
    • Made a friend while climbing Taishan
      Made a friend while climbing Taishan

    Climbing the Stairway to Tai Shan

    From Jinan city it is only a 20 minute train ride to Tai An, a city at the base of Mount Tai (泰山, Taishan).  From the train station to the trail head is a 45 minute bus ride.   The path to top of the mountain is paved with stone.  It has to be.  This is the most climbed mountain in China.  The path would have been washed away years ago without thos...

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    • You want me in the middle?
      You want me in the middle?
    • Am I doing this right?
      Am I doing this right?
    • When can I put my leg down?
      When can I put my leg down?
    • This isn't that difficult.
      This isn't that difficult.
    • Qi gong
      Qi gong

    Practicing Taichi at Daminghu Park

    Every morning at 7AM a group of adults gathers in a corner of Daminghu Park to practice Taichi. It was clear from the banter that they knew each other well. In fact you could tell they cared a lot about each other. Asking about each others children, discussing recent trips, etc. I think they are very fortunate to have an excellent teacher and such a lar...

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    • Evening entertainment on Quancheng Lu
      Evening entertainment on Quancheng Lu
    • Tallest building in Jinan in the background.
      Tallest building in Jinan in the background.
    • Learn the words and improve your Mandarin!
      Learn the words and improve your Mandarin!
    • Entrance to Furong Jie from Quancheng Lu.
      Entrance to Furong Jie from Quancheng Lu.
    • Quancheng road is kind of quiet in the morning.
      Quancheng road is kind of quiet in the morning.

    Quánchéng Lù, Music in the Streets

    This busy avenue in Jinan is lined with hotels, department stores, and restaurants. My first stop in Jinan was the Starbucks on on Quancheng Lu. The owner of my next Airbnb met me there, and escorted me to the place a couple hundred yards to the north. I was pleased to find that not only was it spacious but, literally one block from Dàmíng Hú Park. L...

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