Sino-Sunday #24

In this photo series, I present snapshots of experiences from my two years in China, including many previously unpublished photos.
On a Sunday, of course.

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#24 – 31st January 2012

Without a doubt, this is one of my favourite photos of my time in China. It’s from the time I spent a few days at my teaching colleague Daisy’s house in a tiny little village called WuYuan in the back and beyond of Inner Mongolia, a 4 hour bus ride from Ordos.

Daisy herself is actually taking this photo, but other than that almost her whole family are in the picture. She lived with her parents, grandparents and sister.

Her father is leaning on my shoulder, with her mother next to him and then her little sister. The grandparents in this photo are her father’s parents, however her mother’s parents also lived in the building too.

Their life was pretty simple and no-one spoke any English apart from Daisy, whose English was very good, however there wasn’t too much need for translation as words were exchanged with gestures and many smiles. They showed me how to make dumplings, play Mahjong and were constantly thrusting food into my hands to make sure I was well fed.

Chinese hospitality was absolutely overwhelming. I really hope that one day in the future I’ll be able to repay the favour to all of my friends that I met in China.

Family in Inner Mongolia

Where have you experienced such warm hospitality? 

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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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  1. “I really hope that one day in the future I’ll be able to repay the favour to all of my friends that I met in China.”

    I really relate to this sentiment, and I don’t know how I ever will be able to repay the kindness that I’ve been shown while on the road. We are so fortunate to have met such amazing people.

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    • The world is full of amazing people and I’m touched to have met so many on my travels.

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