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Trip to China March 14 – 28, 2019

Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park

After a good night’s rest on March 17, 2019, woke up and ate a lovely breakfast. After breakfast, we were shuttled to a Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park in Yibin near the site where two rivers form the Yangtze River.

It was a little drizzly so we got ponchos, but I did not wear one. Since I was one of the VIP’s we got nice close seating to the festivities. There were dance numbers, different stories and myths, water transported by a drone to tea tasting ceremony, and a grand spectacle.

Afterward, I was given a formal invite to speak with tea gardens to sell their tea from China and abroad.  This is where I met some Nepali people (fellow vegetarians so I followed them through the buffet) they had a person tell them what was vegetarian and what was not.

 

Walking to Yangtze River Park for the Tea Tasting Ceremony.

Tasting some tea from the local vendors before the ceremony

There also were a few dance numbers.  Below is a picture of the drone carrying water from the Yangtze River to be used in the tea ceremony shown in the second to last picture. The last picture is me and my tea. It was refilled with water several times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trip to China March 14th – 28th, 2019

Yibin

We were given the 5 star treatment by the Chinese government. They used a couple shuttle buses to transport us from the airport to the hotel.  Our flight was a popular flight for the World Tea Conference with even the head lady responsible for mine and many other tea leaders trip just two seats back of me. We got to the hotel and had many students trying to help us with our check in, luggage, and room. They were really nice, but I felt a little overwhelm (3 days with only four hours sleep, same clothes for those 3 days, and dealing with a time difference of 13 hours). We each had a personal helper, mine was Micheal. They were students learning English and volunteering helped them with that. We went to our rooms and went down to eat right afterwards because it was late and they wanted to make sure we had supper. So I went down still stinky and a little out of sorts and grab some food. The food was amazing and buffet style (not typical buffet though). I was still out of sorts and had a nice gentleman who could tell I was out of sorts let me sit at his table with his fellow representatives of Bangladesh. They were really kind. Afterwards I went straight to my room to take a bath (see last picture of bathtub). Tried and succeeded in staying up until 9 pm before going to sleep.  I wanted to be on Chinese time. Next post continues my journey.

The featured picture is a close up of a really cool bridge across the Yangtze River in Yibin, Sichuan, China.

Bike share in park in Yibin, China
Interesting architecture of a living quarters in Yibin, China
Yibin, China streetscape.
Yibin, China streetscape from shuttle bus
Unique street lights in Yibin, China and traffic.
Housing towers and park in Yibin, China
Traffic in Yibin, China. There are a lot of scooters, motorbikes, and three wheeled small trucks (there is one wheel in the front and two wheels in the back). 

 

 

 

 

 

China Trip March 14-28, 2019

Well not sure where to start and this trip happened about two months ago. I guess I can say that March 13th I was working my last Badger State Brewery Winter’s Farmers Market and drove down to Chicago that night to take an early flight to China on March 14th. This was the worst place I stayed at the whole trip because it was a musty room, though every other room was great to excellent.

I meet so many nice people and only minor inconveniences during the whole trip. It was truly life changing and wonderful.

A great story I have about Beijing Airport is a few hours before boarding Air China to Yibin I was sitting and an elderly lady with her daughter and her daughter’s baby sat next to me. The elderly lady got up and her daughter sat next to me with her baby. We chatted and she mentioned that she is the one who gets international films for the Chinese people and she was taking her 10-month old baby girl on her first flight. I was also her baby’s first foreigner and the baby would touch me gently and stare at me. She was cute. They were going to the Hong Kong Film Festival and the mother figured it was a short enough flight for the baby. She mentioned going to Cannes, Sundance, Toyko Film Festival, etc…. I told her why I was in China and she took my card. Just one of many lovely moments I had in China, though I wished I got her card.

Please look at the pictures below and the captions and I will continue my story in other blog posts.

Top two photos were taken in Toronto Airport while waiting for Air Canada flight to China
Around midnight, trying to get some sleep in Beijing Airport. Beijing Airport was very modern and technologically advanced.  A link of the Beijing Airport

 

 

 

A vegetarian restaurant in Beijing Airport.
Getting off the flight Beijing to Yibin. There are at least 1  and a half million people in Yibin and only 2 gates for the entire airport, obviously, people do not leave Yibin much or use other transportation besides planes to arrive and leave in Yibin.
Yibin Airport
The welcome sign for the Yibin World Tea Conference as we walk from the plane into the Yibin Airport