Wufeng Church Fun English Day

•October 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Saturday the International Fellowship put on a Fun English Day at the Wufeng Church. Wufeng is 1.5 hours from Chengdu. It’s one of the poorest villages in the area. It’s also one of the oldest, unrestored villages I’ve seen. The government has plans to make it a tourist destination and will begin restoring it in the future. Other than farming, I saw no other way of making a living there.

The church has around 500 members. The village doesn’t seem very big so a lot of them must come in from the rural areas. It’s very mountainous and the only transportation available outside the village is motorcycle taxi.

They prepared a wonderful lunch for us, as always, offering us their best. Very humbling. We had about 90 children, ranging in age from 3 to 13ish. I got to do sports. Recess was my best subject in school, so that’s the safest place to put me.DSCN0308



•October 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Chinese National Day 2009

•October 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

For the National Day, Gary, one of our Chinese friends and his girlfriend, Shirley, took us to the Stone Elephant Lake Ecotourist Resort. Here they keep seasonal flowers planted year round. Right now it’s lily season. It is a favorite place of wedding couples to be photographed. Watching the couples was as much fun as seeing all of the flowers.

In the afternoon, they took us to Gary’s parents’ house for dinner. His family was very gracious. We had way too much food, but it was all very delicious.

That night at 8 o’clock, fireworks were set off in six different locations in the city. We were able to watch some from the roof of Gary’s apartment on the 33 floor.DSC_0091

Emei Mountain Solar Eclipse

•October 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment



•October 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

In August, Mandy won two trips to Hangzhou.

“Hangzhou is a sub-provincial city located in the Yangtze River Delta in the People’s Republic of China, and the capital of Zhejiang province. Located 180 kilometres (112 mi) southwest of Shanghai, as of 2004 the entire Hangzhou Region (“shì”, 杭州市) or Prefecture-level city had a registered population of 6.4 million people.[1] The urban agglomeration of the Hangzhou metropolitan area (杭州市区) has a resident population of 3,931,900 as of 2003, of which 2,636,700 are permanent residents. There are 1,910,000 residents in the six urban core districts.
As one of the most renowned and prosperous cities of China for much of the last 1,000 years, Hangzhou is also well-known for its beautiful natural scenery, with the West Lake (Xī Hú, 西湖) as the most well-known location.”

We found out about the trip on Saturday, I had to buy a ticket for Alice, and we were on our way on Tuesday. The trip was sponsored by Nongfu Springs drinking water. We saw a lot of water. The water is taken from Thousand Island Lake, a reservoir in the mountains outside of Hangzhou. It is amazingly unpolluted. We really had a great time, met some interesting people. I was the only laowai (foreigner) so I’m in a lot of photos. Look for me in the next commercial for Nongfu Springs, the water with a 7.3 ph.DSCN2189

Loadai and the Mini Great Wall

•August 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Leshan Buddha

•August 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment