Today we had a very busy day touring Nanjing. David Olive (our Bluefield College president) is here along with his daughter. We left the campus at 9:00 and took a van to the Lion Mountain Park. There is a large temple there that sits on a hill overlooking the Yangtze River. It is a very scenic climb to the top and the temple is a typical traditional Chinese building. We then went inside the temple and climbed to the top. The entire temple is highly ornate with bright colors of blue and gold and many other colors. This is a Ming temple and inside had the portraits of all the Ming dynasty emperors. When you get to the top you can walk around the entire perimeter with incredible views of the entire city of Nanjing. It was quite beautiful. When we climbed down we walked to a side flat area (still up high) with several smaller ornate buildings.
After this we drove a short distance to a Chinese Tea House. This was my first experience in a tea house and it was quite an experience. We had all kinds of tea, a demonstration of a traditional tea ceremony, a huge lunch, and then tea made from a flower. Mine was called “Love at first sight.”
We spent over 2 hours there and then we drove to a place called Ganxi Residence. This was a reconstructed area of 300 rooms typical of a wealthy Ming dynasty family. It is hard to describe the complexity of it, all wood with incredible glass doors and garden area.
Then we headed to the Confucius temple area which was nearby. This place not only has a Confucius temple but students take their standardized tests here, plus it is a gigantic market area. This is where you get the best bargains in Nanjing. We walked around for 2 hours shopping and then had another huge dinner at Confucius temple. The amount of food we had again was enormous. Vice President Zhou was at both our lunch and dinner as he was hosting our president and daughter. He has been very generous to all of us. It has been a long day and I am a little tired and it is only 8:30 pm. Life in China is wonderful!