Lisa McClure's China Diary

Some of the sights I took in this month:

Frank Doonan at the gate of the Buddhist Temple
Frank Doonan, a former LIT teacher, at the entrance to the Buddhist temple. Frank took me out sightseeing one afternoon.

Goddess at the Buddhist Temple
A Goddess at the Buddhist Temple.

Lighting Incense
Here I am, lighting incense at the Buddhist Temple.

Lion at the Buddhist Temple
A wonderful stone lion at the Buddhist temple.

Carving a pineapple - Jinzhou style
I love the way street vendors carve pineapples here. First, they very thinly cut off the skin. If you look carefully, you can see that they then take a grooved cutting tool, (like a vegetable peeler) and cut a spiral groove to remove the remaining 'eyes' from the pineapple. I'll always cut my pineapples like this, from here on. By the way, this pineapple cost me 3 yuan, about 36 cents U.S.

Spices sold in the market
In Jinzhou, spices are sold in large bags in the market. I can't wait to learn how to use them in cooking.

Angus Dalrumple-Smith
My next door neighbor, Angus, pulling on his socks.

Doing my wash
When I want to do the laundry, I have to pull the washing machine into the bathroom, and hook it up to the electricity, sink faucet and floor drain to use it. As you can see, that doesn't leave a lot of room for me to squeeze in and out. This washing machine does not have automatic cycles, so I have to fill it and drain it manually.

Doing my wash
Here's a close up of the washing machine hooked up to the faucet in the sink. The only source for hot water in my bathroom is from the shower wand over the bathtub that comes directly out of the hot water heater. So, generally, I fill the tub from the shower wand for the wash cycle, then I use the cold tap water for my rinse cycles.
March 29, 1999

dragon carving

Small Lion at the Buddhist Temple

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