Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My Trip To China (Part 6)

I am sad to say that this is my last part of my sequence “My Trip to China”… I am now in the ending periods of visiting my grandma in Beijing, China. I will miss my grandma and my other relatives dearly. I never will forget the awesome times we all spent together: we went to the Great Wall with one of my uncles and grandma, playing and riding pedal boats with my friend, eating delicious- 小笼包-steamed dumplings- with my aunties, playing cards, laughing, chatting, and encountering super-hot garages at the airport. Most of all, I will always remember just being here with my grandma. It is hard to say goodbye…

On the sunny side, I will be home soon; my friends are in America waiting for me. There will be no more Chinese food every single meal, and no more three meals a day. Trust me, Chinese people love to eat. Oh, I forgot to mention the merciless mosquitos will surely starve to death once I’m out of China. I will definitely leave all the heat here and am desperately looking forward to the sea breeze in the Bay Area. The problem is, none of these will cheer me up because I won’t see my grandma for a long time.
Goodbye Grandma.


Monday, August 20, 2012

My Trip To China (Part 5)

Today I went to the Great Wall of China! Man, the site was exquisite. The Great Wall looked like an enormous dragon, zigzagging over the mountains. It is much over the wow factor on a scale of boring to infinitely impossible to be true. The Great Wall was over ten thousand miles long. It was made out of millions of big chunks of yellow stone, turning tan brown over the ages. What most amazes me is that this most famous sculpture was literally made by human hands thousands of years ago.  I felt like I had accomplished an excellent achievement standing on the Great Wall for the first time! There is a Chinese saying – 不到长城 非好汉 - Unless you climb to the top of the Great Wall, you are not a hero.

At the foot of the mountain, I couldn’t decide whether I should take the gondola up or to walk up. I figured that if I walked up, I would have to take the gondola down, because I would be too tired to walk down. However, I had to remind myself that I am afraid of riding on gondolas because I don’t want to fall. Finally, I decided to take the gondola up. When we got off the gondola I got a very good view of the Great Wall.

Wow… I have never seen that many people in one place in my whole life!! When we started our descent, an army of tourists pushed us all the way back to the tippy top. We tried to take pictures many times. It was very difficult because when we got in position, a horde of people pushed us to a different place. When I had enough of this cycle, we chose to walk beside the Great Wall, on a little pathway. This was much better. There weren’t many people on the pathway so it felt super peaceful and beautiful. After an about an hour, we had successfully climbed down the GREAT WALL of CHINA!!!

This was a life-time experience and I felt like I was a hero and was super proud. I now understand what the Chinese saying really means. 不到长城非好汉

Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Trip To China (Part 4)

My trip to China is not totally a blast. I got the flu! At first, my mom thought it was just my allergies, but later we found out it was the flu. My symptoms on the first day were an itchy throat and some coughing. The day after that, my throat felt better but I started having pounding headaches. That is when my mom took my temperature. It was thirty-nine degrees Celsius. Normal body temperature is thirty-seven degrees Celsius.  At night, my temperature was so high, I started shivering. My mom had to put three heavy blankets on me even in the hot summer. The day after that, my mom took me to the hospital.

At the hospital, I told the doctor my symptoms, and the doctor said I had the flu. He wanted to make sure so he told my mom that I had to take a blood test. My mom agreed and we waited about ten minutes in the laboratory. One nurse came over to me and led us to the blood sampling room. I felt very anxious because I didn’t know what the procedure was. Then I saw the needle on a ring that the nurse was wearing!!! The needle was smaller than the thickness of the edge of a piece of paper. It was probably a little bit longer than the screws that hold glasses’ frames together. I was relieved. The nurse poked my ring finger and used a straw to sip out the blood. She put it in a measuring vial and asked us to wait fifteen minutes. After what seemed like an eternity (at least to me) the results came. Everything was fine except my upper respiratory system had an infection. In other words, I had the flu. The doctor prescribed some medicine and we went to the pharmacy to get it. After taking the medicine for a couple days, I was cured. This whole drama lasted ONE WEEK. What a bummer.

After that, my grandma started sneezing and my 3rd Auntie’s throat started itching. Uh Ohhhhh…

Friday, August 10, 2012

My Trip To China (Part 3)

Today I played with my friend who is visiting family in Dong Si Beijing. We go to school together. He also came to China to visit his grandparents. I had a very fun time playing with him. He lives very far away so my Mom and I had to take the Chinese Subway to get there. There were ten train stops between my house and his house. We also transferred trains once. After we got there, he showed me a few magic tricks using cards. The magic tricks he showed me were all about cards disappearing. Later, we played a game called Mushroom War on the iPad. We were just about to win when the iPad ran out of batteries. We both felt disappointed and glum. Then we went out to eat.

While we waited for our table and food, my friend and I played Egyptian Slap. In Egyptian Slap you try to get all the cards by slapping them. I can’t believe I epically FAIL every single time whenever I play it! 

After lunch, we went to a dinosaur exhibition in Jing Shan Park. We saw many dinosaurs we never even heard of in the States. Some of the plastic ones moved and screamed. The dinosaurs that moved and screamed were powered from an electronic timer inside a power box. The electricity boxes looked like lunch boxes.

The highlight of this play date was when we went to a lake nearby and rented a pedal-boat.

 The lake was bean shaped with a beautiful white stone bridge. We could see many fish. Surrounding the lake were willow trees. It was drizzling lightly and it was a beautiful view. I felt peaceful and happy. While my friend and I powered and steered the boat, my mom and his aunt were talking. Sadly, our time was up and we had to say good bye.