December 21, 2008

2008 in Pictures: Part 12

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

Date taken: May 1st, 2008

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the most famous landmark inside the Temple of Heaven park, Beijing.


Date taken: May 1st, 2008

The Houhai ("Back Sea") area of Beijing. Fun fact: Beijing is often considered an unlikely spot for a capital, because it is landlocked.

Hao Chi!

Date Taken: May 3rd, 2008

After a hard day of climbing the Great Wall of China, nothing takes the edge off like a little fried scorpion.

798 Art District

Date Taken: May 4th, 2008

A worker walks past some panda graffiti at the 798 (Qi Jiu Ba) Art District in Beijing.

The Bird's Nest

Date Taken: May 4th, 2008

Duh :-)

Mad Skillz Wif Dem Chopsticks, Yo

Date Taken: May 22nd, 2008

My parents eating veggie food (and demonstrating their chopsticks skills!) at Gongdelin in Shanghai. My dad spent weeks practicing his chopsticks skills -- when I was home the week before, I watched while he meticulously plucked popcorn out of a bowl. I also realized why people find it difficult to eat rice w/chopsticks -- the rice we got from the Chinese restaurant at home was dry and not sticky, which made it difficult to hold.

Also worth mentioning: He was also able to successfully ask a waitress "哪儿有厕所?"

Synagogue and Museum

Date Taken: May 23rd, 2008

My parents in front of the Ohel Moishe synagogue in the Houngkou district, where tens of thousands of Jews lived while WWII raged. The place is lovingly kept up and has an amazing Holocaust memorial out back. Really impressive. Plus, the Chinese guard at the gate said "שָׁלוֹם" and "תודה רבה" to us :-)

Impressive, yes -- but can he sing the Four Questions? I think not!! Hmph.

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