Last Saturday, we had a new InternChina Event I want to tell you about. We invited interns and friends to Jenny’s apartment to learn how to make Dumplings/Jiaozi/饺子. As you might know, Jenny and me learned how to make them a couple of weeks ago (read all about it in this (German) blog), so of course we also wanted to impress our teachers Lizy and Richard with our skills.
We met in the morning at around 12 o’clock in front of Jusco and started our shopping. I think for all the Chinese people it was quite obvious what we were up to and we earned a lot of approving looks and glances. We needed around 1h to do all the shopping and had to carry 8 bunches of jiucai, more than 1Kg of meat, 1L oil, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar and a lot of other stuff home.
Already knowing that preparations take a long time, we started right away. Our original plan was to go shopping early, take a break, do more shopping (drinks and all the stuff we forgot), take another break, then start preparing. In the end it was going shopping around lunch time (my fault, had to sleep in), then go shopping again because we couldn’t carry everything and then start preparing because it was already quite late!
At around 5 o’clock I went outside to pick everyone up (we were a little afraid someone might get lost in Jenny’s living compound) and after everyone had time to admire our preparational work, we started making Jiaozi right away. Lizy and Richard, as well as Amber were really good at explaining different techniques. 🙂
We had only one rule (made by Jenny): If you want to eat much, you also have to make many Jiaozi! (Jack, Leo and Lei Sheng successfully ignored that rule 😉 )
Leo invented a new Snickers-Jiaozi. We are still wondering when they will first appear in Chinese supermarkets. They are definitely going to be a great hit!
After everybody ate their fill, we started to get ready to go out. Qingdaos InterConti was hosting an open Mic night, where chinese comedians (whom we missed) were to perform and one of the local bands.
The evening was definitely a lot of fun and I figuered that we not only have cool interns here in Qingdao, but also interns who are more than talented at making Jiaozi!
Recently Qingdao InternChina office has been busy with helping 36 students settling down in Qingdao for the Summer School programme 2012. One of our first Cultural activities which we organised was a KungFu Class with our experienced Teacher Pan and his assistant Dan, who is an American practising with teacher Pan already for more than five years. Teacher Pan or “Pan Laoshi”, as he is titled by his disciples, started practising Chinese KungFu when he was a little boy. He had to start off in the woods as during the 60ìes Traditional Chinese Kung Fu was not very popular at that time and since then he is practising and teaching outside. You usually would find him practising at 5 o’clock in the morning, however for our German group he made an exception and started off at 2pm.
10 curious Germans joined the class and with the help of American Dan they learnt several Joint locking and self-defense techniques which are very useful and easy to apply. After watching Pan Laoshi doing a full choreography of the “Praying Mantice Style”, he gave an introduction to applications of several moves. Most of them can be used even when the defender is much smaller and skinnier – we all learnt, that is about the precise technique and the right speed than about the muscles. It was a very interesting introduction to Chinese Kung Fu and I guess on sunday it would have been just the right moment for a Chinese massage to relax the stressed muscles.
We are all very happy that you enjoyed the classes and are looking forward to our next activitiy on 4th of August: A hiking trip to Laoshan!
If you want to participate in Kungfu Classes or learn more about Chinese Culture in general, enroll in our language school or do an internship. You can just apply here: www.internchina.com/apply!