Beijing with family and beyond

Friday, Oct. 27

Salinda and I met our nieces Na Xin and Du Pei for lunch at Hu Da Restaurant, famous for Mardi Gras style surroundings and cuisine. Our “selfie” is in the background mirror.

Hu Da’s specialty is Louisiana inspired crayfish. In the Midwest we called ‘em “crawdaddies” and didn’t eat them. Who knew? They also served us frog legs simmered in a garlic sauce with my favorite, Kung Pao chicken.

Satuday, Oct. 28.

Another family banquet. This was a siblings’ event. Salinda’s sister Ar Ling, Ar Wen, and brother Ar Di joined us for lunch in a restaurant near Nanmofang that opened that day. I saw workmen in the building on the day before and thought they would open in December. Wrong!

We stopped for a photo shoot on the restaurant’s golden throne. The “Donald” would love this chair.

With Salinda’s brother Ar Di.

At Nanmofang with a Chong Yang Festival (Seniors’ Day) cake sent by Ar Wen’s son.

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Ridin’ the rails… Wuzhen and Suzhou, China

Monday, Oct. 30.

We were back on the “bullet” to Shanghai where we met nieces Du Pei and Na Xin and changed trains to Tong Xiang. We took a taxi to Wu Zhen, an ancient village known as the Chinese Vienna. Established 1300 years ago, this is a large village partially restored and partially preserved. It consists of three parts; restored East, modern central, and preserved West. A waterway runs through most of the village where hand motivated and small electric craft move people and produce. The East and West sections are rigidly protected and accessible via an entry fee. The modern section is accessible by all.

Despite staying in a building that is over 1000 years old, our room was modern and comfortable.

Du Pei and Na Xin in Shanghai

After a brief rest we met Na Xin and Du Pei for a late evening dinner with rice wine. 

A happy trio reunited after 2 years.