Sunday, April 16, 2006

It's only been 3 days

We've spent three whole days in China now, but it feels as though we've been here for a week! We are having a very interesting time, seeing a lot and spending a lot of time in the minibus, but the downside to it all is that we are completely exhausted.

We are currently in Sanya, a city on the southern coast of Hainan. Upon arriving in the country we initially spent two nights in Qiong Hai, on the east coast, near to our ancestor's village and house. We visited the village (I'll write more about it when I have more time) and house - absolutely incredible. My father was so excited and rushed around everywhere, followed by crowds of local villagers.

We will be spending one more night here in Sanya, then go back to Qiong Hai, and then will be spending two nights in Haikou, the capital of Hainan, before heading off to Hong Kong and then home. It doesn't sound like very much time, but it feels like ages!

Oh, and I seem to be developing a little pot belly from all the food that we've been eating! Ack! The seafood is so fresh and delicious, and the veges are, too. There's not much meat here and when we do get it, it's pork. Yesterday we ate goose for lunch - it's quite similar to duck. The chicken is okay - probably not as good as the Singaporean or Aussie Hainese Chicken Rice! It's usually a bit tough, here. My brother says that it's because they make sure it's really cooked in case of avian flu.

Anyway, today we're off to do more sightseeing. We're not really told what's happening until we get in the van - communication is difficult. Next time I come here I'll make sure that I learn Mandarin first!!

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