So after a summer exploring the states and parts of Canada, I returned to Chengdu, China for year 3. I’ve been back in Sichuan for a month already; an insanely busy month, full of school work, friends, course work, and sleep. And it occurs to me that there is still so much I have neglected to show you on this blog: food (hot pot and dim sum), trips (to the Panda Base, Sanya, Hanoi & Halong Bay, Taiwan, and Xishuangbanna), and just everyday craziness around Chengdu (construction, school, murder mystery parties, whatever else is going on). I will try to be better to devoting more time to writing.
This coming week, we have a 6 day work-week: 4 days with students (including a back-to-school night), and 2 days of professional development. I have so much to do to get ready for Friday & Saturday! But the following week, we only have a 3-day work week after which I’m heading down to the Yunnan province, which is a deliciously beautiful part of China.
Actually, depending where you go in the Yunnan province, the area may not even feel like China. Last April, Kerensa and I flew to Xishuangbanna for their annual Water Throwing Festival. Xishuangbanna is an autonomous prefecture in the far south of the Yunnan province, which is located in the south-west area of China. The majority of people in Xishuangbanna are not the Chinese Han, but the Dai people, closely related to people in Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Xishuangbanna actually sits close to these countries as well, butting up to Myanmar and only a river’s width from Laos. As such, all the signs are in two (sometimes 3) languages: Chinese and some script that looks marvelously similar to Thai (and English, if you’re lucky).
Although a prefecture of only about 1 million (compared, let’s say, to Chengdu’s 14 million), there were plenty of people in the city of Jinghong, where Kerensa and I were staying. I could write about everything we did there, all related to the Water Throwing Festival, but this video I came across explains it so much more concisely:
The coolest part of the festival, by far, was the actual day of the water throwing. This next video are some photos I took of the festivities, set to the Piano Guy’s Cello Ascends. (An aside: these musicians are amazing! Buy their music, see them in concert, become as obsessed as I am!)
I suppose it is time to get back to being productive for the evening. Thanks for checking in!