It was an early morning today. Morning call was at 4am and we were in the lobby with our packed luggage and ready to go at 5am. We ate a packed breakfast on the bus. We boarded our 7:30 am flight to Jinan International Airport in Shandong where we will be spending the next 3 days.
When we arrived in Jinan at 10 am, it was raining cats and dogs outside. It meant the weather was cool and would remain cool during the duration of our stay here in the province. Awesome!
We checked into our hotel (which is not as nice as the two we’ve been to so far on this trip — read: we’re spoiled). We had a delicious lunch at a run-down looking restaurant. Luckily our group got the nicest room that was brightly lit. Their food actually turned out to be extremely good! I was very impressed with their ‘mui choi kao ruk’. Clifton made a funny when he accidentally broke his chopsticks by stabbing it into the fried fish in order to separate it.
We visited the Shandong University and Elementary School. This was so much fun! The teachers and administration planned out such a fun afternoon for us. We first learned how to create Chinese opera masks and then got to create our own. We learned a Chinese song written about the “Jasmine Flower” and learned choreography with it as well. Some participants were picked to do it in front of us all on the stage too. It was hilarious.
At night, we had the Shandong Government dinner. There were 3 tables of us and there was one government official that was at our table. It was pretty neat. The table was also filled with food 😀
Anddd that’s all! Tomorrow we look forward to the sketchy hotel in Qufu.Want to see what happened throughout the trip?