北京 Beijing, China 2016

Beijing Culinary and More! 

I see Noodles bowls, a cat and a Hutong restaurant! 在三里吨我们突然遇到了一个面条的餐厅,菜单以后儿发现了那个餐厅很流行的,面条也不错。我忘了那个餐厅叫什么!This noodles place in Sanlitun is fantastic!

The infamous Peking Duck 北京烤鸭!

在北京,和我的四川朋友吃了四川菜!With my two friends, one from Sichuan, we went to eat Sichuan food. We deliberately chose not so hot and spicy stuff as it was a hot and humid day anyway. The food was great!

My friend treated me hot pot at one of Beijing’s traditional place. This particular style of hotpot is apparently a traditional one! It was a sumptuous lunch. By the way, I learned that Chinese people like to eat noodles at the end.

Beijing Craft Beers

If you are into craft beers, Beijing has a handful of places to try. Only got to try different locations of Great Leap and (Jing A) 京A。Local craft beer culture is growing slowly but surely in big cities in China. Its actually fun to explore them!

(loooooove) Street Food

Love eating street food. This is Jian Bing 煎饼, also you have Shou Zhua Bing 手抓并 and Kao Leng Mian 考冷面, they are all worth trying. Apparently, Kao Leng Mian originated around 2000 years ago in Heilengjian (ah! I miss eating it! and guess what! its spicy! Yummy!!). Just make sure you find out a street vendor thats apparently more hygiene :p

 

And a random picture I took at a railway crossing!

Waiting to meet my friend on the other side!
Waiting to meet my friend on the other side!

谁骑车走了?

一个讽喻作品<<谁骑车走了?>>

*人类的生活各种各样。对我来说,了解他们的生活、心里的矛盾是我了解社会的一种重要模式。虽说人们的生活五花八门,但是他们生活的问题、矛盾都是互通的。以下的四位主人公展现了一些中国女孩儿的正常生活。她们的一半可能跟您相似。如果您是一位作家,您有没有使她生活变好的能力,您有没有改变您自己生活的能力?
*所有自行车的照片都是我自己在浙大、北大、清华、人大、北语拍的。对我来说,自行车给我自由、独立的印象,同样在中国大学校区看到许多女孩儿骑自行车也给我同样的印象,我有时想想,她们实在有什么样的独立的感觉呢?

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自行车的两个轮子转起来的时候,它的辐条就像活起来一样。

(一)一个短头发的骑车女孩儿。她想想不知不觉研究生已经两年了,离开家以后这个城市变得越来越像另一个家。真可惜,虽然努力学习的年龄过了,可是她还是很后悔,对学习的专业一点儿兴趣也没有。她抱怨高考迫使她选择了这种生活。她的爱好是打羽毛球,跑步,还有躺着看星空。那时候心情很自由很放松也很有精神,想什么就做什么。

已经二十八岁了,还没找到男朋友,更别说结婚了。上次见过的一个男人说,她的性格不像温柔的、传统的中国女孩儿,谁会喜欢女强人呢?他的看法让她很失望,也很苦恼。怎样才能找到一个好男人呢?她立志去法国留学,不过想先偷偷地提高法语的水平。她钱包里有一张从旧杂志上剪下来的一个法国小城市的照片,这个城市叫安纳西。她梦想有一天在安纳西湖边骑着车眺望对面美丽的阿尔卑斯山脉。每次一看到钱包里的这张照片她就想忘记现在生活中遇到的所有问题:不喜欢的专业、爱的心情、父母的希望等。她骑车想来想去,“不管遇到什么都问题,我都坚决把我的梦想变成现实。”

(二)校区马路上有一个苗条的,头发又黑又长的女孩儿。男朋友搂着她的腰,两个人有说有笑地走着。虽然她脸上有笑容,但是心里很矛盾。和他一起快三年,可是心里还忘不了以前的男朋友。目前的男朋友刚刚开始工作,收入也不错,再说父母很放心和他生活在一起。

最近她得到了去中国最有名的大学读博士的机会。但是离家很远,让她不能经常见家人、男朋友。父母会担心,再说男朋友也不能接受异地恋。怎么办呢?她还想想,虽然她的好朋友的丈夫再外国学习博士学,但是 他的妻子也遇到去别的外国留学的机会的时候,他一定不行。这样的生活一定不公平,再说有人不喜欢女孩儿博士生,人民说,在中国有三种人:男人、女人、还是女孩儿博士生。她想想,至少她有了一个男朋友呢。但是,她还后悔为什么找到一个真正相爱的人那么难呢?她安慰自己,算了,好死不如赖活着。

(三)堵车的时候,看到一辆黄色的自行车,骑车的是一个三十一岁的女生,在英语教研中心工作。脸上能看出来心情很烦恼。她想为什么最近父母越来越不理解她。以前生活在农村,父母都是工人,小时候和他们一起度过的时间很愉快。她越长大他们工作越忙,玩儿的时间少了,生活越来越寂寞。

离开家乡大约十年了,传统的父母总是反对她现在的生活,经常挨他们批评。每当回忆往事时,她心里都很矛盾,以前她一个人自由自在,她错过了很多,反而有时想以前做的某些事儿也许不是错的,反正,不管对错,现在为了快点儿找到一个男朋友,使劲当一个‘温柔的’‘很好的’女孩儿。但是说起来容易做起来难啊,再一听说她的年龄,有的男人别有所图,装作喜欢她。有时她暗暗思考“如果我是一个作家,我写的小说的主人公是我,我会不会变好‘她’的生活呢?即使‘她’的生活很辛苦的,是不是也充满诗意?

(四)有一位教汉语的老师正推着自行车走,在家里,三个孩子中她是老大,已经三十四岁了。父母在附近的一个小城市。她和他们的关系很好。虽然她还单身,但是父母不但不替她着急,反而一直鼓励她。她的灵感来源于她以前的导师。那位导师离婚时,三十七了,排除万难去了外国,刻苦地学好英语,学完了大学、硕士、博士后回来成了中国一个有名大学的教授。那位导师的故事给她很深的影响:作为女孩,不管你是单身,还是离了婚或者老了,如果你有坚决、乐观的态度,就能成功。

目前对她来说,当一位老师,安安静静地看书,还和朋友们一起玩玩儿,聊聊天,这让她很高兴。她希望在与朋友的交流中体验丰富多彩的生活,能不能找到一个合适的男朋友,她想顺其自然。况且,她爱自己,有自信。

总之,中国女孩儿是各种各样的,她们有矛盾,有不同的看法。虽然生活里有很多问题,大部分心里都有一个小女权主义。但这只是一个开始。

“I must learn somehow to get my balance…. in knickers and short skirt and all summer to come …being able to ride alone, balanced, going along through in the air.” (p.148) – Thinks Miriam in The Tunnel by Dorothy Richardson.

杭州 Hangzhou, China 2016

There is a terrible silence that’s wrapped around me. As I walk, breathe and lose myself in this borderless habitat of rolling green hills and dreamy lakes of Hangzhou, I am reduced to a mere silence inside. Its difficult. Stolen in its poetic foolishness, I am awed by everything thats unfolding in my life, a bit stupefied, a bit stubborn, and a bit reckless in gambling for where my mind takes me to.

Hangzhou is a romantic city. Don’t come here for a day or a week, don’t yearn for its embrace only if you are stopping by. Linger yourself here like the water in its lake has a sticky affinity to its surrounding green madness. Rest your mind in peace when you are breathing heavy, when you feel the first dash of sweat on your skin, by sitting on a rock on top of a hill, and looking aimlessly far away beyond the green slopes, beyond the West Lake, beyond the blue sky, unoccupied, with a dare to lose everything for a moment. Feel free not to remember anything, except those few hearts, those smiles, those promises, and that pair of eyes!

And don’t be a half-hearted human.

If you can really find Hangzhou, it will teach you to be forgiving.

Hiking up the hills, boating on the lake and the beautiful gardens!

The CAMPUS ON A RAINY DAY (and I was drenched in rain)

 

So I got to lose myself a bit writing two poems while in Hangzhou. One is here, the other one (The Three Stones 磊) you can find it out on this site if you are interested to read.

The_Dead_Bird

By the West Lake

The bird is down – black, bruised and beaten.
The bookmark stares empty at its hollow pages.
Something was meant to be in there.
Perhaps scribbles of words,
passages claiming a live pulse.
Perhaps a title blotted in emotion.

The dust jacket and the still feathers.

The bookmark is lonely.
The bird is down.

Dead!

Someone failed a heart.

HANGZHOU GARDENS

Most of the gardens and tourist attractions including museums are free. So you can take a leisurely walk at any time and find yourself in the midst of green beauty. Most of these pictures are from the botanical garden 植物园 right behind the campus. Its free after 5pm. And guess what, you can bypass the entrance fee by hiking up the hill taking a track behind the main library building on the campus 😀

 

FOOD

You’ll enjoy the food here. But honestly speaking, I like the Northeast food more, they tend to be more flavourful (and saltier) than the food here (which is sweet). Two most famous local restaurants are 外婆家 (wai po jia) 折味馆 (zhe wei guan) , both very cheap. I prefer the first one as the food is much better with more choices. There is also a famous 茶餐厅, its nice environment but I didn’t find the food any better than wai po jia. Also, you can go to a tea village and eat at the farmers house, thats an awesome experience. For me, I have been busking under my several friends’ (most appear to be professors here) hospitality.

THE WEST LAKE