Educating James & Jon

It can’t be ALL fun…We need to throw in a little education. This morning more history!

Remember Emperor Nurhachi? One of the founding Emperor’s of the Qing dynasty and builder of the Imperial Palace in Shenyang. Fuling Tomb is the mausoleum of Nurhachi and his empress. The tomb area is about 48 acres and it is a well-preserved tomb complex of the Qing Dynasty, that is now included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

Like most tombs or palaces in China, the first thing you see is the grand red gate. On both sides are the carved Stone Lions, Huabiao Memorial Archways and Stone Tablets. On these stone tablets are carved three kinds of Chinese characters in Manchu, Mongolian and Han instructing visitors to dismount and pass here on foot, or else be punished.

The Sacred Way is next. Pairs of stone lions, horses, camels and tigers line either side of the  pathway. At the end of the Sacred Way is the famous 108-step stairway revealing the sovereign right of imperial power. ( Jon mounted the camel and they counted the steps)

After the stairs is the third part of Fuling Tomb. The castle-style architecture, called Square Castle, is the main construction of Fuling Tomb and is also the most characteristic of the architectural style of the Qing Dynasty. The Bao Castle (Treasure Castle) is behind the Square Castle. Under the Bao Castle is the heart of Fuling Tomb … the mausoleum of Emperor Nurhachi and his wife. ( Today it just looks like a grassy hill)

Fuling Tomb was the ritualistic center for royalty during the Qing Dynasty period. It is a really nice place to visit on a warm afternoon because the long pathways are shaded with huge pine trees.

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For lunch…James wanted Gǒuròu. I am not sure why because he tried it on his very first trip to Shenyang. BUT I guess he wanted Jonathan to have the experience or maybe this was a shock factor event. Wei Quan arranged for us and our driver to meet him at lunch at a restaurant that serves just Gǒuròu with sides like rice, noodles and vegetables. He was in his company bank today, doing business for his GM and talking to the manager and she wanted to “meet the foreigners” he was treating to Gǒuròu. This is a good restaurant for Gǒuròu I guess because only one Gǒu is killed and cooked fresh everyday and so when it is gone, the restaurant is done for the day. You have to get there early for the best selection. We arrived shortly after 11 o’clock.

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This was a small hole in the wall where all various parts and pieces are served. We had Gǒuròu neck and  Gǒuròu soup. Supposedly it is one of the best parts. We couldn’t help but take pictures. In all honesty…it was delicious!! And if you had in your mind it was beef, it was delicious BUT sometimes it’s hard to get past what your mind knows!

After lunch we went to Middle Street for some treats ( we REALLY needed coffee today), shopping, more piano playing ( $30,000 and $60,000 pianos) and we popped in to the Lego School so I could show the boys where I teach and they could meet a couple of the staff. These boys grew up playing with Lego everyday so they thought it was pretty cool!

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Tonight, we picked David up from Michelin and went to a Night Market of street food!

兴顺街夜市 Xingshun Street Night Market is famous in Shenyang and is in Teixi District close to Michelin. What an AMAZING place!!! It is a long street full of “street food”. We tried a lot of stuff tonight but probably the most unusual and interesting things were the scorpions and grasshoppers. They are crunchy and taste like seeds. We finished our dinner with skewers at a restaurant with our driver and his wife.Yummy!

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Zou Dan Dan is such a little cutie and she loved getting her photo taken with the boys.


Such a great day and a real education in history but more so a real eye opener in the available options in cuisine in China!



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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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