Barry’s 64th Birthday: His Walk in Hangzhou


On the my 64th birthday, I took the teacher’s bus that takes about one hour from our campus to the beautiful city of Hangzhou. The West Lake in Hangzhou is amazing.  Chinese landscaping uses the concept of curving walkways.  So you walk straight for a while and take in the the surroundings and then you come to a turn.  Coming out of the turn, you have a new setting.   Each turn on the walk in West Lake is a new adventure.  For now, I will just let the pictures tell the story of a magical day.

To see how spectacular each of these scenes is, just double click your cursor on a picture.


About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

7 responses to “Barry’s 64th Birthday: His Walk in Hangzhou”

  1. Shannon Russell says :

    Aloha Renee and Barry…. happy Birthday, and It looks like you are having an amazing time!!! thanks again for sharing…. they have painted your old office a light purple??? Anyway, I hope your holidays are great. Aloha, Shannon

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Shannon: We are having an amazing time. In fact, Barry is right now on the bus on the way back from another solo trip to Hangzhou, his new favorite place. He returns with wonderful treats like walnut/raisin bread and chocolates. This week it snowed here, and the school turned into a winter wonderland. We’ll have the photos up on the blog soon. It is cold here; I’ve never worn so many layers of clothes. As for my office, I’m not responsible for the new color, but I’m sure it is easy to find. Are you teaching classes there this semester? I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Aloha, Renée

  2. Precious Paradise James says :

    Hao2 Mei3!!! How Beautiful! What A fabulous b-day Barry! I feel the peace and joy of the day! Waht a sunset through the fountain! and the tai chi players. Wish I was there with you! Thanks for sharing!

  3. martin alsofrom says :

    I am amazed at the life people lead. When Barry left Morehead for Hawaii I couldnt believe it. Now I wonder why I didnt.

    • reneeriley says :

      Aloha,and Ni hao Marty,
      It was good to hear from you and to see that you’ve checked out our blog.I’ll write to you on your e-mail account.
      Hope things are going well for you.

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Martin: Thanks for subscribing to our blog; you are the first one. Also if you would like to come teach in China, just let us know, and we can send you contact information. Aloha, Renee

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