Thursday, June 26, 2008

Day 3 - Blogging from China

Day Three from China:

We started the day at Peking University, which is one of Beijing’s 65 universities. Peking University was established in 1898. Peking University is one of China’s oldest universities. Our group was there to hear a lecture on Chinese history. Professor Kristofer Schipper from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was the guest lecturer. Professor Schipper outlined in detail an account of Chinese History and allowed our group to ask questions ranging from historical perspectives to current policies of the Chinese Government. Today was graduation at Peking University. I have attached a photo of the graduates. Their students look just like ours and the smiles on their faces are not unlike those of United States students.

We left the university for lunch (comments to come later…). After lunch we went to Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City. The rich history of the Chinese people is clearly visible when you are able to experience these cultural and historical treasures. If the photos from these get published on the blog you will notice a haze in each picture. The pollution in Beijing is noticeable, as well as disturbing. In an attempt to reduce the pollution, the government has restricted vehicle use to every other day for those who own cars. I am not sure if we will ever see the sun while in Beijing. It will be interesting to see how the air quality impacts the Olympic Athletes.

Now for the food….. Well today I will retract one of my previous comments I made on Day One. I stated that I like everything chicken. Well as you can see in the photo, there is one chicken and its head that I could not eat. I will say that every meal begins with 5 to 6 appetizers and then anywhere from 7 to 10 courses. According to our interpreters, eating out in a restaurant is considered a special treat. I will take some photos of an entire meal to give the readers some perspective. Since I came well prepared not to eat, I brought with me a bag of candy. I passed out Reese’s peanut butter cups to our Chinese hosts. They all range from 25-30 years old. It was their first Reese’s they had ever had. That was my contribution to cultural exchange.

Jerrod has a TV endorsement for Subway. After this week in China, I should be on every Pop Tart box in the United States.

Having a great time in China….


Bob

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dr. Morrison, I can totally understand your food ordeal. I think I would probably starve there. Anything that can see you eating it, shouldn't be eaten! Best wishes

A concerned MISD employee

Anonymous said...

Bob,

I think that chicken looks great. So what if it squawks a little bit as you take a bite. Say "Hello" to Vernon. Hope you are both having a good time and learning alot.

Dan Phillips

Kristin Hansard said...

Did you say one of 65 universities? WOW. That doesn't sound like many! How many students (on average) attend each school and how does that impact the structure of the school?

I am glad to hear you are introducing China to Reese's...how did they ever function with out them! Have you dropped a pants size yet?

Kristin Hansard said...

Ok...so I reread your blog...65 universities in BEIJING...WOW...That is ALOT!! How many are in China total? Are the what we consider "state" schools or private schools?

I am going to go have a pop tart :)...enjoy your fish :)

Bob Morrison said...

Hello Dan:
I will let Mr. Newsom know you said hey. According to Mr. Newsom, the chicken was the best dish that day. It’s the whole looking back at me thing that is a deal killer for me.

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Thanks for the question Kristin:
The City of Beijing has 65 Universities. Our guides did not know how many total Universities exists in the country of China. One of the high schools we will be visiting has over 5000 students. After I get there I will post more details on the blog. It was fun to see our guides eat a Reese’s for the first time. Our host’s are amazing young people. I believe I have probably dropped at least five pounds. The combination of limited food and walking everywhere has had its impact on the waist line.

Bob