June 28, 2009

Tianlong Tunpu (Village Fortress) (4) - Ground Opera

原始拙朴的屯堡地戏。 地戏是贵州安顺屯堡有600多年历史的特有文化。自从张艺谋的《千里走单骑走红之后,便由此扬名天下.


"Tunpu" are stone-structured villages dating back to the 14th century which are found in Guizhou Province.The ancestors of the inhabitants of the "Tunpu" were troops of the Ming Dynasty from the middle and lower reaches of the Changjiang (Yangtze) River who were sent to Anshun some 600 years ago.

Below are the masks On the forehead of Di Xi, a.k.a. ground opera.

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June 27, 2009

The Enchanting Night Life at Li River (YunNan China) (1)



Enchanting?! Yes, Enchanting! That's the word kept coming into my mind whenever I thought about the night at the Historical Town of the Li River.

During the day, the 1500-year-old historical town is a girl, quiet, shy and reserved. But at night, she turns into a mature woman the make-up and perfume, attractive, seductive and mysterious.

June 19, 2009

Delicious YunNan Cross-the-Bridge Rice Noodle Soup


Yunnan's famed Across the Bridge Rice Noodles is known as "Guo-Qiao Mi-Xian" in Chinese.

Legend has it that guoqiao mixian came about when a young scholar retreated to another place to prepare for his imperial examination. His loving wife would travel and cross a nearby bridge to bring him his daily meal. Frequently, his meal would turned cold by the time it gets to him. One day, quite by chance, she discovered a bowl of chicken soup could keep warm with a layer of oil on top. From then on, she would serve the noodles and meat slices with the oil layer soup and the young scholar could enjoy a warm meal every day. When the scholar did well in the examination, he credited his success to his wife's noodles,hence, this dish Across the Bridge Rice Noodles was made known.

The price of the cross-bridge noodle ranges from 9 RMB to 78RMB. Here are all the ingredients for the most expensive one, including chicken, pork, lamb, beef, seafood, mushroom, etc.

Add all the meat and ingredients first. 先把所有的配料放进一大海碗汤里。

Then, add the noodle. A huge bowl of noodle soup enough for at least 3 people to share. Yummy!

有好菜岂能没有冰啤酒?! 来点下酒菜,同我家马老者晕几杯。 又香又辣的卤鸡珍和牛杂。



With 30 years of experience of dealing with tough students, my mom is a talented interrogator. No kidding! Whatever one has in his/her head, my mom can definitely dig it out. Look at her! Must be doing some major brain-wash with Dr. Liu. :)

June 17, 2009

Retreat at Santa Cruze Camp Hammer - Taking a Short Hike

Saturday, after lunch, the weather was perfect for a leisure walk...

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, we passed by a small town close to Santa Cruz mountain.

Retreat at Santa Cruze Camp Hammer - Breakfast

It was a blessing to have Pester David being with us for two days.

So happy to have the morning coffee!

The high-school volunteers who made the delicious breakfast for us.

Look at those girls! So happy and lovely!

Tables of happy campers...

The most fun and creative table.

Too much food? :)

How are you?

Wanna try some best-selling pancake or cereal?


Just like that famous song - Green eyes...

Hmm...This sausage is kind of chewy...