Chris and Val Come Visit Lin’an

Our first visitors of the year were my nephew Chris and his bride Val, a fun-loving young couple from St. Louis.  It was great showing them around Lin’an, our ZAFU campus, and Hangzhou.
Chris and Val on the ZAFU sports field
So Chris and Val could meet people here on the ZAFU campus, I invited several students and foreign teachers to join us for dinner.  Sixteen of us ate at a local restaurant outside the ZAFU West Gate where Chris and Val tried a variety of Chinese food and talked with people who live here.

Jeanne, Val, Chris, & Mayer

Morton, Rose, Drew, & Patrick

After dinner, Chris and Val treated us to dessert and coffee at the Camphor Tree,  Barry’s and my favorite on-campus restaurant:


With Tony, Zoey, and Mayer

Chris checked out the local beer


Besides walking around our rather small Lin’an, any visitor here must go into Hangzhou, a beautiful city of over 6 million people.  My students Jeanne and Jane showed us around.

Jeanne, Val, Chris, & Jane

At West Lake in Hangzhou


The day was cloudy but perfect for walking.

Val trying roasted black corn on a stick for a snack

Val & Chris on West Lake

Chris and Val treated us to a West Lake boat ride.

Jane, Jeanne, & me on West Lake

West Lake view from our boat

Another boat--one woman is blowing bubbles

Hangzhou Skyline--from our boat

Back on land, we ate at a crowded restaurant where we were the only foreigners.

Chris and Val-- What are you eating?

Jane and Jeanne ordered for us.

Jane and Jeanne

We also went looking at new expensive cars.  High-end dealerships are along  West Lake.

Here are Chris and Val with one choice-

Chris and Val's new Ferrari--the color is great

Chris couldn't decide on just one, so here is his Maserati

His Porsche is nice too

Val is very practical

Jane with her choice

I will be happy with a joyride in any of these cars.

At night on West Lake

The West Lake music and light show

I really enjoyed Chris and Val coming for a visit.  If you come this way, please stop and see us too.  Aloha, Renee



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

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