China is a country that not too many outsiders know well. Everybody has something to say about China but not too many outsiders have actually been here.
Oh, there are those that just came, saw and went back with a book full of adventure and pictures and there are those that, like me, have stayed and live here.
To me, China is amazing. A country full of good people, great culture and traditions.
Both my parents have passed away. They are very present as positive energy in every daily task in my life. We have a tendency to pay attention to negativity more than happiness. We need to smile more and those pictures below will make my parents smile:
No. 1: The diversity of the season, from the north of the country to the south. China is very big, with snow and bitter cold during the winter months from one end to plums trees, ginger trees to the other end.
No. 2: The roast duck at the Dadong restaurant in Beijing… The headless ducks hang from black hooks, ready for the brick ovens. Eleven Chinese cooks in dark pinstriped pants handle them with long poles, with a grouping of little porcelain ducklings looking on. The dining room of this restaurant is rowdy, as Chinese restaurants are supposed to be, and the braised eggplant is sweet and good. The skin of the lean bird is crisp, and its meat — wrapped in a thin pancake with spring onions and a sweet dark sauce — washes down nicely with red wine or beer.
No. 3: The history, the story to tell, the tradition to pass from parents to children.
No. 4: The diversity of food sold at every street corners. Such abundance and availability are new here.
No 5: Shopping, a never-ending story here in China. Anything is available and I really mean Anything!
No. 6: The spices here, so different in flavors and in diversity, it is an adventure to cook with these.
No. 7 : Tai Chi reduce stress and offer other health benefits In Shenyang, we see the locals people in the park every single day, weather permitted of course.
No. 8 : The gathering of senior people, sharing stories, traditional games and music.
No. 9 : The seeds, the plants, the nature, those aspects that local people are working hard to keep alive and to grow everywhere.
No. 10: The dumplings… oh yes… the dumplings… That food is just out of this world. I went to two culinary courses just to learn how to make those little pockets filled with meat and veggies, boiled in water and then served with a spicy soy sauce. Just amazing.
and the ever utensils to eat here…