Yeongjong-do Island

The eastern end of Yeongjong-do Island in #Inchon, #southkorea.

The ICN airport is on one end, and this park & #fishmarket is at the other. We’re staying at the Royal Emporium hotel tonight. My school booked a cheap hotel for us, which happened to be a brand new, beautiful place right on the #waterfront. One hour Ride on bus 203 from the airport. No foreigners, and lots of yummy cafes, Fish shops, Beer & chicken stops, etc. So much fresh Flounder, Lobsters, Shrimp, and crabs! The crowd is great & atmosphere is upbeat. You can also take the ferry to Wolmido from here!

The Past Renewed

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Unhyeongung Palace (Seoul, Korea)

It’s like Spring here!

#Changchun is full of green and flowers. Everywhere you look people are growing & planting things! #nofilter

#Cheonggyecheon Stream

  #Cheonggyecheon Stream in the center of #Seoul.  The area used to be an abandoned road that was filled with trash and yuck.  The city cleaned it up, ran a stream through it, and turned it into a walking park with clean water to wade in and bridges to play under.  The area is full of families and dating couples on summer evenings!

Country Life

This sight will always remind me of my life here in #China.  One of the #values important to the Chinese is making sure everyone has access to a #job so they can survive.  So instead of using big machines to sweep the highways and streets, they pay the older people a small amount to do the job.  It’s not ideal, but it’s enough to live on.  They are very proud of the parts they clean. And the street sweepers are able to use empty plots of land by the roads to grow Food and Vegetables.  

So every day in my small village (Ok, 600,000 people- but That’s a Farming village here. . . .) you see the elderly driving by on these  tuk-tuks with brooms they made by hand.  Really sweet picture in my memory bank!

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!  Today in #China we are celebrating the Duanwu #端午 festival!  It’s been a Holiday here for more than 2000 years!

It celebrates the Famous #poet #quyuan. Devoted to #China 🇨🇳, he wrote beautiful poems about its history, nature, and people. When the invading Qin armies approached, he chose to drown himself rather than see his beloved country fall.  Although they sent out many #dragon boats to look for him, they could not save him in time. 
 So to commemorate his memory, every year they eat  #粽子 (aka Zongzi), a sticky #rice #treat wrapped in banana leaves. And the big cities send out Dragon #boats for big battles and races on the lakes and rivers! Cool!

Whistling Through the Vines

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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!