#LastDay at Hammond Hall (Building 15) here in my university in #Zhengzhou #China. Taught here for 3 years – 8am Monday my first semester to 10am Monday my last semester 😭❤ I’ve had so many beautiful, kind, wonderful #students here and made the best kind of #memories.
This summer, I intend to move to a new #province and a new university. 😃 Sadness today, but great excitement for the future!
Gongyi is home to the Kang Family Mansion – a Ming Dynasty mansion still preserved centuries later. Also called the KangBaiWan Mansion 河南巩义康百万庄园. It is #10 on China’s list of famous mansions! A truly beautiful place filled with all sorts of ancient buildings and gardens. At one time, he was apparently the wealthiest businessman in China. The family was famous be being good and virtuous, so much so that the emperor wrote them a poem just for them after 8 generations of wise and honorable leaders in a row. Wish I could have met them!
Chinese historical sites (and some city buildings) here in Henan have a tendency to have these sharp warnings NOT to climb the walls. Given how much looting and destruction they’ve faced with their heritage in the past, it is a pointed (pun intended) reminder that history is to be protected, not stolen or broken. Also – avoid the Baiju (China’s alcoholic beverage which is as much as 70% alcohol). Getting drunk on that and stupidly climbing the fence is a REALLY BAD idea here!
#Gongyi #Grottos – one if 4 Famous grottos in #China. These are places where loyal #monks have carefully carved out thousand and millions of #buddhas and religious #statues into the walls of nearby #caves over CENTURIES! Unfortunately, many of the ones in Henan were destroyed during the #CulturalRevolution or were defaced by the Western militaries During the wars with #China. Still an amazing, awe-inspiring sight! Well worth the trip! Thanks to the Henan Provincial Tourism Bureau for sponsoring our trip today – it was lovely!
Mural on the outside of an abandoned building
Took my first ever motor Scooter ride today! Drove about 3 hours out and about. Saw lots of cool things, Including this vegetable garden in front of the public toilet 😂
The Art students at my university are allowed to paint random building walls here on campus to show off their skills. This one is dedicate to tee Chinese president – lots of support and nationalism here!