We’re still alive

Jennifer writes:

Hello friends! It’s been a while since our last entry. We finally have access to our blog for a few days. It may be more difficult to post on our blog than we expected. But we will try to write whenever we can.

So we have been in mainland China for 2.5 weeks now. We have been having a good time. The first week after we left Hong Kong we visited some of our friends in Shenzhen. These are friends we first met in Louisville. We are so happy to be able to visit them in their home country. It was so good to catch up with them and to learn about life in China.

After a week of royal treatment at our friends’ house, we said goodbye and headed to Nanjing. Shenzhen is a very new city, only 30 years old or so. Nanjing, on the other hand, has hundreds of years of history. There are historical sites all over the city. The main reason we came to Nanjing is to visit two of my great aunts (Grandma Hsin’s sisters). They were so kind to us and treated us so well. One of them gave us several presents and a red envelope, and took us to one of the tourist attractions in town (Presidential Palace) in the 90+ degree weather. The other 89-year-old great aunt took us all out to this expensive seafood restaurant for lunch. We are so blessed.

On our third day in Nanjing we took the bus to Purple Gold Mountain where Dr. Sun Yat-Sen was buried as well as the first emperor of Ming Dynasty back in the 1600’s. Dr. Sun’s Mausoleum is beautiful and magnificent. He probably wouldn’t have wanted anything like this for his tomb. But he was so respected by the people they couldn’t help but build such a grand tomb for him. The only problem for us that day was that it was in the mid to high 90’s and sunny sky. We had to climb the 392 steps that lead to the actual tomb in the severe sun. It was HOT. There was no relief because there was no air-conditioning to be found anywhere. Then we had the disappointing tour at the Ming Emperor’s tomb. After we walked all the way to the actual tomb we found out that it’s undergoing restoration so we couldn’t see anything! Did I mention it was hot?

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum

We also visited the Nanjing Massacre Memorial. For those of you who don’t know, the Japanese overtook Nanjing during the second Sino-Japanese war in the 1930’s. The massacre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanjing_massacre) lasted for a month from December 1937 to January 1938.  It was not a pleasant tour.  It was a good reminder and further proof of the doctrine of total depravity, though.

We are now in northeast China visiting some other friends from Louisville.  We’ll write something soon about our time here.  Stay tuned.

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