This weekend at Intern China Chengdu our team went to Dufu Cottage followed by a relaxing afternoon of Mahjong and Tea drinking.
Dufu is a very famous Chinese poet born in the 7th century. He resided in Chengdu for 4 years during the AnShan Revolution which led to him fleeing from his home town of LuoYang in Henan province. During his time in Chengdu he lived in a modest thatched cottage by the flower rinsing shores of the river in the west of Chengdu.
It is here he is said to have been most prolific in terms of his output of poetry, writing over 240 poems. Taking in the scenery in this beautiful area of Chengdu it is easy to see where he got his influence and motivation for writing such an great number of poems.
In the grounds of Dufu’s Cottage you can see a wide variety of blossoming plants as well as a wide range of classic architecture and buildings. Including the famous hut by the river where Dufu would spend his days gazing over the river watching the wildlife.
After walking the grounds at the cottage and getting some fantastic Sichuan food for lunch we headed to a Mahjong house near to WenShu Monastery.
When arriving at the Mahjong house we chose a room with a view over the street, in hindsight this probably wasn’t the greatest idea. This being my first time playing I was amazed by the table at which we were playing. It had an in built shuffling device, contained two sets of tiles and also an under table heater to keep our feet warm.
After being taught the rules by the rest of the IC Chengdu team we began to play. Let’s just say it didn’t go too well for myself but we were having fun.
During our time playing the passing locals seemed shocked and amazed at the foreigners playing Mahjong. Asking if we knew how to play, taking photos. One gentleman even took it upon himself to stand by our table for 20mins offering instructions. Including getting animated if any of us were to do one thing even slightly wrong.
All in all it was a great day out, relaxing enjoying 3 hours of Mahjong and the serenity and tranquility of Dufu’s cottage made for a great Saturday in Chengdu.
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For the average Chengdu resident it probably was not the most interesting thing, but for the foreigners, especially those who are ready to discover Chengdu metros might be one of the first things, which they may become curious about. Therefore, we present you a series of metro stations in order to introduce Chengdu in an approachable way.
In People’s Republic of China, there are a lot of things contain the word “people” ;), the Chinese currency RMB: people’s currency, the Central Bank of China: People’s Bank. In a lot of major cities one can easily find a people’s park.
How’s the People’s Park of Chengdu different from the other ones?
Once called “Shaocheng Park”, the history of People’s Park can be dated back to 1911, when the last dynasty of China was forced to give up its power. As the dominating 满族(manchu people) lost their privileges, they had no choice but to make their living by themselves. For example, they transformed their palace into park and required entrance fee. It has soon attracted a lot of non-manchu citizens. Women who were not allowed to visit public places before then came to visit the park in Chengdu.
People’s Park as popular place for dates:
For young women, the park was not only a place to hang out, but also for having dates. During the transformation from feudal society to republic, the Chinese mentality changed a lot. Thus, the strict manner of Confucianism has lost its importance. However, Chinese people were not yet open enough for new thoughts. Most young Chinese women rather wanted to look for their future husband themselves than getting an arranged marriage by their parents. Discreet and elegant, the park was a perfect place for dates.
You can also find some nice tea houses and restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Chinese and Sichuanese cuisine. The tea houses are usually crowded with a lot of old local people who play Mahjong and Chinese chess. The fresh smell of nice Chinese Green Tea is a perfect experience on a Sunday morning while sitting next to the beautiful lake of Chengdu’s People´s Park.
Hi! This is Sunny from Intern China Zhuhai Office. Last Wednesday, we organized a calligraphy lesson for our interns. The teacher is my friend who is interested in Chinese traditional culture so much and has been practising for more than 30 years.
When we arrived at his office, he showed tea culture to us first, we tasted 3 different of tea first, he showed us how to make Kongfu Tea (功夫茶) and how to taste it.
KongFu tea, is not a name of a kind of tea but a drinking way and a culture. The procedures require skills and patience. These years it’s very popular in Japan and South Korea.
“Wow, so good!”
After the Tea tasting, we started our calligraphy class.
Firstly ,the teacher briefed us the history of Chinese calligraphy. introduced us “文房四宝”( Four Treasures of Calligraphy)—笔(bǐ, brush-pen),
墨(mò,ink), 纸( zhǐ,paper), 砚(yàn,ink stone)
笔(bǐ, brush-pen),how to handle a brush pen
Karl’s first time trying ,but she was good at it. Jamie is not too bad at it 🙂
This is me, not bad at all! Right?! For our office. You will see it when you come to Intern China’s Zhuhai office.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Xunzi (荀子) 不闻不若闻之,闻之不若见之,见之不若知之,知之不若行之。学至于行而止矣。
Chun Lian (春联)