April 4, 2012
Today is National Qingming Festival (Day of Tomb Sweeping), so we worked through Saturday, then had a couple days off for the students to travel home to be with their families. Qingming Festival is much like our Memorial Day in that the families visit the graves of their loved ones and clean the area, bringing flowers, saying prayers, and thanking their ancestors for the gift of life. After the tomb sweeping, families have picnics, play games, fly kites, and enjoy the day together.
A few of us celebrated by going to Yixing on Monday to view the beautiful Bamboo Forest, a.k.a. the Bamboo Sea. With me were Peter, Roger, Maeleen, Wisdom, and Jane. Oh, and Peter’s dogs, Coco and Aussie.
The entrance into the forest followed a stone walkway and a shaky wooden chain bridge.
The first resting stop.
Then, we walked on up to the cable cars where a very frightened Jane had to be convinced that she would be all right in the cable car.
The cable cars took us to the top of the oldest peak in Jiangsu Province, founded over 500 years ago as a part of Jiangsu.
The view was majestic.
Then we trekked down, down, down…my legs still hurt two days later.
The beauty of the forest was well worth the leg pain.
Afterward, we stopped in at a clay teapot place to window shop.
Then onward home as Peter navigated the ever illusive Chinese driving…road rules? You mean there are rules? Coulda fooled me.