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Strawberries and Lunch in Lishui

April 3, 2012

Photos of April 1 tour of Lushui, agricultural area southeast of Nanjing.  Wonderful trip with colleagues and new friends and their children. Highlights included organic strawberry farming and plenty of enthusiastic toasting over lunch.  No classes for three days due to the wonderfully-named “Tomb Sweeping Day,” outlawed during the Cultural Revolution but back with lots of enthusiasm in recent years.  It’s sort of like Spring Break except everyone goes home for the holiday and pays respects at family grave sites by burning paper money.  What parents would approve of burning the real thing?

Strawberrying in Lishui

Our hosts showed us some wonderful aspect of Jiangsu Province that we’d never have discovered on our own, including some of the local delicacies we had for lunch and dinner: jellyfish, frog, crab, snails, local fish, sea shrimp, and pig ears.  And plenty of the local “bieju” clear liquor, a popular Chinese hootch made from sorghum, clear like vodka, and tastes like rocket fuel for the first several toasts.  After that, no one seems bothered by the flavor.

First of several dozen toasts on Tomb Sweeping Day.

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