Traveling on a holiday weekend to interesting places is tricky. There is ALWAYS a lot more people around. But the good thing is sometimes you are able to catch performances that are associated with the holiday. That’s my favorite part.
This weekend was Dragon Boat Festival and lots of Chinese and Russians vacationing in Beidaihe. I didn’t realize there was so much Russian influence here.
We went to a spot Qin shi Huang that was a park with a lot of Ancient history. It is all about the first emperor of China Qin Shi Huang. The same emperor that we learned about in Xi’an. He is responsible for the a Terracotta Warriors and was always in search of Longevity and the afterlife. We got to see Dragon Dance performances, other dances in costume, Opera singing, a 4D movie. There was also local food and arts and crafts. It was quite interesting. I even got my name written in colourful pictures.
This is a part of the Chinese culture I enjoy so much but the guys…maybe not so much.
This weekend I also rode a Camel. I always wanted to and we really thought we’d get to Tongliao, Inner Mongolia to do this with the boys but time is flying!! So I dressed in regal garments, mounted the faithful old camel and had a fun photo shoot,
Speaking of photo shoots…everywhere we go, we are stared at, pointed at, and having our pictures taken. It really becomes annoying and I understand fully how my friends feel when they are out enjoying time with their family. It is constant if you have young kids.
Group dancing is a big thing in the evening. We enjoyed watching groups of all sizes and ages exercising this way. One large group in front of Beidaihe Railway station.
Now it’s back to Shenyang tonight on the train.
Bye Bye from Beidaihe by the Bohai Sea.