During my holiday in February I went to visit some old friends up north in Changde, Hunan Province, China. I experienced a whole different kind of China and it was wonderful. We went to the riverfront, took a boat across the river to an island, went to a lake, a temple, some markets and to the hot springs! I visited with a Chinese medicine doctor and learned how to play Mahjong. I’m so grateful for the kindness and hospitality of my friends and their family.
My Hunan adventure started with a 14 hour sleeper train ride. The only seat available was a top bunk so I took it, definitely not knowing how crazy it would be up there. Once I found my bed, the task of getting up there was daunting. Someone tried to help me, but I still couldn’t do it. I eventually closed my eyes and had to jump, thank goodness I made it. It was at this point, I realized I could not leave my bed until absolutely necessary… which was in the morning, when I had to conquer my fear of squatter potties… on a moving train…
In Changde, our first stop was the famous riverfront.
Another destination was the lake.
We also visited a beautiful temple.
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