Last Thursday Xieman took the day off work so she could take us to Tianjin on the high speed train. She came over in the morning with her younger sister to start our journey. It was my first time to meet her younger sister, and Pattie and Theresa were happy to share gifts with them from Canada.
We made it to the train station to purchase the tickets, to find out her younger sister could not accompany us since her mother was not along to identify her!!
The train station is HUGE so I am glad that Xieman knew where to get the tickets. (Notice all in Chinese)
Tom was impressed when the speed got up to294 km.
Unfortunately when we arrived it was raining, and many of the shopping streets were flooded.
Tianjin is the 7th largest city in China near the coast, and was settled years ago by the Europeans.
We all decided we did not want to wade in the water, so our shopping was put on hold, so we figured we would go for lunch.
Xieman asked about 10 people to suggest a restaurant for lunch, and we were directed in 10 different directions to find NO restaurants. It was a learning experience for my family to see how communication can be difficult even with a Chinese speaking person. Finally someone suggested a ride in a Chinese tuk tuk to find an eating place.
We did not like the cafeteria style restaurant so we walked down the street and took our chances on the totally Chinese Restaurant.
We were able to try a few of my favorite dishes which everyone else enjoyed.
The shopping streets were still flooded after lunch so we stopped in for a tea ceremony.
Since it was still difficult to get around, we decided to just take the train back to Beijing.
For our last day in Beijing, a trip to get a pedicure was a nice going away outing.
Theresa got flowers.
Pattie went with hearts.
A Japanese noodle lunch was a necessity before everyone left.
Also a dinner at a local Korean Restaurant was a joyous event.
We all enjoyed Korean barbecue and the traditional Bibimbap (mixed rice and vegetables).
We couldn’t finish the trip without a picture of the split pants.