In the summer of 2011, two dragon-like basilisk appeared in my deep slumber in what seemed like they were engaged in some classic battle royal. Before I can even make some sense out of this head trip, they evanesced instantly like bubbles. A few weeks later, I found myself taking pleasure a 21-day all expenses paid
getaway special studies to the land of the dragon — China.
Thanks to PROC’s Ministry of Finance and Commerce, the Chinese Embassy in Manila and to a stroke of luck. Here’s a run-down of that 3-week stint through the little scraps found inside my Bag of Mementos. (The clickables tell a lot more.)
From a 6 hour ride of in-flight Chinese movies into a posh hotel at the crossroads of Haidian District.
Welcomed with a strip that — presumably — says something like..VIP?
Entered the learning institution for more of China’s bureaucracy —
..and met quite a few new interesting friends.
At the same time learning the basics of getting around Beijing —
— decoding unfamiliar characters..
— handling newfound doughs..
and most of all..
— getting the hang of Chinese spirits.
But there is more to see in this big country than just exhausting the days within the university walls. So they took us scaling a Greater Wall.
.. as well as unprotected sites.
To military depot-turned-art-compound, to gawk at some cutting-edge Chinese artistry.
Then tried the art of haggling from one shopping mall to another —
— and rambled from one urban jungle to another.
Then flew 900 miles deep into the mainland..
..to figure a booming prefecture of 5 million.
To behold one of archaeology’s greatest discovery.
To be awed by the beauty of a sacred mountain
and to view a classical form of entertainment.
Then flew for another 800 miles northwest, to another upscale capital
and to feast on a heavenly banquet.
Then they sent us on a long ride back to Beijing
End of the China Experience.