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Crane Climbing China

Crane Climbin’ in Communist China

Urban Exploring in China

I nestled in bed under the sheets watching “Xingshi” known to people who speak English as “The Walking Dead.” Relapsing with mono took most of my energy, but not all of it. I used this time to relax and scope out the construction area next door to Zoe’s. At the moment I sleep when people are at school or work and I roam around at night time soaking up the tranquility of silence. This night I did so from the rooftop of a 30-story, skyscraper currently under construction and off-limits to the public. How did I get in to the site? I spent a few hours scoping out the perimeter of the 10-foot, barbed wire fence with razor wire spiraling across the top. Black speakers and light fixtures lined the wall like soldiers preparing for attack. At first I feared security armed the wall with motion sensors. Not the kind that light up from movement and body temperature while moving, but that sound an alarm.

I casually climbed on top of a pile of stone tiles peaking over the barricaded wall. Lights shined from three different posts. Two near the elevators and one near the front gate where I saw multiple security guards walking back and forth past the crane. Gripping a flat, metal bar used to align the razor wire I propped both feet on the brick fence. I carefully placed my legs between the razor wire and steadily climbed over it crouching down on top of the 6-inch wide, brick, wall.

I waited for a sign. Any sign, that security realized a breach took place, but a few minutes passed and nothing happened. I sat on the wall, feet dangling on the other side, I practically made it inside. My depth perception and focus took a while to adjust due to the lack of lighting. When I looked down I realized the wall perched too high from the ground below. Even if I crimped the top of the fence with both hands and dangled there the drop might break my ankle. If not, the loud thud from slamming both feet into the concrete might draw unwanted attention from the guards. I didn’t feel like playing hide and seek so I hopped back over the razor wire and walked down the stone piles using them like steps to a stairwell.

The left corner of the wall adjacent to apartments directly behind the construction site bode well for entry. I stepped slowly, my shoes striding across the slate tiles until finally reaching the corner. A retaining wall rose a few feet off the ground. I pulled myself up and plopped my ass on the double-glass roof that budded up against the top of the brick wall where the barbed wire ended. It looked like a promising entry. No barbed wire, and a clear view of the crane. What stopped me from taking the plunge? Again the ground on the other side appeared recessed so it looked like a 7-foot drop. My concern involved finding a way out this time. All of this seemed to be a waste of time, but I learned three guards monitored the front gate and one secured each basement of the two skyscrapers. The motion sensors on the wall just sat there like trophies. They did not work and the scare tactic did not work on me.

I decided to call it a night and continue my urban exploring in China escapade tomorrow.

“Cockadoodledoooooooooo” screeched loud through the city of Xindu. The sound barely muffled through the thin glass windows on the 18th floor of my bedroom. I tried sleeping through it, but it sounded similar to the screeching noise of chalk against a blackboard. I awoke, feeling lethargic and unmotivated to do much of anything. The site stood a football field away so I decided to stake it out during the daytime hours. I walked to the far left hand corner of the site. The tall, brick fence made a tee with a black, Victorian gate. Both of which connected to a white pillar whose intricate design made it easy for climbing to the top. I made up my mind and decided to come back in the early hours of the morning.

Urban Exploring in China

Re-bar from the rooftop of a half-built skyscraper while urban exploring in China…right before I climbed the crane on the rooftop!

1 AM rolled around and I began to fidget around in my bed, antsy to climb the crane and do more urban exploring in China. The amount of abandoned buildings and construction sites in this country is a dreamland for urban explorers. Rolling out of bed, I threw on my jeans, a few long sleeve shirts, my GoPro chest mount and Carhartt jacket. I grabbed some paracord, cut into two pieces, each 10-feet in length, and my headlamp. I strolled out the door and walked in the shadows of darkness to avoid the cameras inside the complex.

The Victorian gate stood a few yards away and my heart began to beat faster and faster as the adrenaline rushed through my body. My fingers crimped onto the white pillar grabbing each protruding section every few feet. I planted one foot in the corner and one near the Victorian gate for a wide base. I reached the top and just needed to climb over the wire until all of a sudden I hear, “rrrrrrrrruffff, rufff, ruff, rufffffffffffff” coming from the skyscraper behind me. The barks echoed louder and louder and to avoid getting spotted I jumped off the wall back into the complex.

Maybe this was it? Maybe breaching the brick fence was not possible? Steam came out of my ears and frustration brewed. I decided to sit down on the stone piles overlooking the construction site to cool off and pondered a new approach. What about the far right corner of the site? Hmmm…why not?

I crept through the brush and trees between the brick fence and 28-story skyscrapers in the apartment complex. I stood in complete darkness, no lights, no cameras, no people, nothing. I grabbed brick after brick from the ground and piled them on top of one another placing them against the corner of the brick fence. The barbed wire and razor wire stopped about a foot and a half from the corner of the wall making it an adequate entry to the site. I turned my infrared headlamp on and stepped up onto the bricks; my hands barely reaching over the wall. I pinned my one foot in the corner and crimped both hands on the other side walking myself up onto the ledge of the fence. I wedged myself between the barbed wire and motion sensors and waited for any sign of security to pop up. After a few minutes I walked along the ledge until reaching the scaffolding pipe that shot up for 30 stories. I swung around like a monkey until propping both feet on the floor of the building. This skyscraper stood 4-stories, but interconnected with the taller one. I tiptoed through the ground floor, hiding from security and avoided stepping on any lose pieces of re-bar. I climbed the first few flights of stairs without my headlamp because I did not want to attract any attention from the guards or workers. After gingerly walking up to the third story I turned on my headlamp and peaked around the corner looking into the vacant rooms. Trowels, bricks, wheel barrows and re-bar spread out across the floor of each room I entered. The other ones remained empty, 4-walls of concrete, with a small window looking out over the city below. I reached the rooftop of the smallest skyscraper after about five stories. From up here I looked down upon the other construction sites in the vicinity where night work took place. Small light fixtures hung from the cranes while the workers installed re-bar and poured concrete flooring. The rest of the city sat still. Everyone asleep in a peaceful slumber and the only people out in a dazed trance walking the streets. I soaked in the tranquility for a minute and looked out at all the architecture illuminating the dark sky before my eyes. Street lights, building logos, car headlights, and construction equipment all lit up the hazy, dark night. Me, well I just stood there for a moment feeling little, like a small piece of the beautiful world before me. But from up here I felt on top of the world. The greatest part of urban exploring in China or any place for that matter is the ability to see epic views without the abundance of people.

After taking a moment to appreciate the world around me I continued my trek up the next 20+ flights of stairs. I cautiously peaked around each corner as I plodded up the never-ending stairwell. Poking my head in on a few floors I realized the layout remained the same throughout the whole skyscraper so I didn’t bother wasting my time. Five minutes passed and I set foot on the rooftop, which overlooked the whole city of Xindu. I walked back and forth looking at the re-bar designs and my eyes shifted towards the city below. A plethora of buildings looked like specks from this high up in the sky. Everything felt so peaceful and beautiful I just wanted to fall asleep up there and enjoy the sunrise in a few hours, but I knew this would be problematic for getting out of the construction yard.

Urban Exploring in China

Rooftop photos of the skyscraper in Xindu!

So I scurried down the steps until hitting the 5th story where I walked across the connecting rooftops to the other stairwell. I turned off my headlamp and slowly tiptoed down each step as to not make a peep of noise. One of the stands stood only 20 feet from my location and I did not want to alarm security. After reaching the ground floor I made a run for the scaffolding pipe. Swinging my legs and arms around I felt like a pendulum as I neared closer to the top ledge of the brick fence. I pulled my body up onto the ledge and carefully walked across to the corner where I first entered making sure not to fall into the razor wire.

I bent my knees and jumped absorbing all the shock in my knees. I took off my headlamp, put away my GoPro and strolled back to the apartment like I went out for a quick smoke.

I did not get a chance to scale the crane because the guards all sit near the front gate right near it. However, I did enjoy some great urban exploring and look forward to more urban exploring in China as I travel to Kunming next week.

Crane Climbin’ Day II

I broke into the site again today at around 7 PM and made it to the fifth story to snag some pictures from the rooftop. Daylight faded away, but I used this opportunity to stake out the crane more efficiently since I really want to climb it. I walked up a few flights of stairs and headed towards the far side of the skyscraper that overlooked the front security gate. I looked down and appeared to be 50 feet from the ground. I tried gaining access to the crane from the skyscraper, but the scaffolding pipe is covered in a green, waterproof, tarp to protect the concrete when it’s curing. My best chance of accessing the crane is crawling out onto the anchors and hoisting myself up inside the crane where the ladder is located. I tried doing this, but my body is too weak at the moment. I need more rest and more balls to attempt this maneuver. Stayed tuned for updates!

Urban Exploring In China

Probably one of my cooler pictures since I snapped the shadow of the GoPro in the photo!

Crane Climbin’ Day III & Day IV

So I infiltrated the site once again and finally got the balls to climb this crane. I climbed up to about the 28th story when I realized the construction crew still worked on the roof and two floors below, which caused a problem for me. I could not climb to the very top since the light on the roof shined in my direction, but down climbing the ladder after the long climb up might be dangerous. My arms and legs felt exhausted and mono didn’t help the situation. A plank linked the crane to the 28th floor. I tiptoed across it holding on to the scaffolding pipe lining the perimeter of the skyscraper and made my way on to the 28th floor. The crew blocked the stairwell so I down climbed the outside of the scaffolding pipe three stories by sliding down the piping like a fireman and then hid in the shadows as I walked down the stairs and jumped back over the brick fence, hopping over the razor wire and making the night a success!

Urban Exploring in China and Crane Climbing

Urban Exploring in China:  Day V

Ok, so I ventured back to the construction site again to reach the top of the crane. I estimate it to be between 100 – 115 meters up in the air. This was one of the tallest points in the city of Xindu. The lights shining throughout the city made me feel at peace despite all the fear and tingling in my fingers and toes from being up so high in the sky. I accessed the top part of the crane and just sat up there for about 15 minutes looking down on the city below. What a view! This made my trip in China worth while despite being sick for most of the first month with mono.

Crane Climbing in China

Urban exploring in China from 30 stories above…Check out some of my other urban exploring in China, Century City and Exploring ChengDu

Crossing the Pi River

China Urbex

China Urbex

I will write yesterday’s adventure about Luodai Ancient Town after I write about today’s China Urbex. So it occurred to me today that the problem with China urbex is not knowing whether I’m about to enter a Chinese squat with people and stray dogs or if security walks the premises of certain vacant lots. Why do I saw this? Because I see security cameras pop up in the strangest places and on several occasions people occupy buildings without roofs. For example, I tried entering a church that appeared to be abandoned, but a religious ceremony took place in the back lot right under a cross. A few weeks ago near North Railway Station I tried to enter an abandoned apartment complex, but stray dogs scared me away and I saw people squatting in there. Now I am using extra precaution before I enter buildings, not because I fear for my life, but I don’t want to invade someone’s home and privacy.

Xindu Greenway

On the Xindu Greenway

So I tried finding the old, country road near Zoe’s campus and before I knew it I trekked over 12 miles trying to find the construction of Lohas Peninsula. I can’t fathom why it took so long since this construction takes up a whole block, but it did. I used Strava to pinpoint the location and ended up near the Nibauto Scenic Area, but on the opposite side of it, which is why it took me so long to find. After five hours of non-stop walking I trekked through the Xindu Greenway soaking up beautiful views of the Pi River. Contamination filled the river as debris piled up on the banks. The oxidized water made the growth of green algae and other plants spread several feet from the shoreline like wildfire. However, I still found beauty just looking out across the lake, with the sun beating down on my forehead and not a care in the world peaking its way into my mind.

Pi River

Looking out at the Pi River near the Xindu Greenway!

I followed the loop around ending back where I once started the Xindu Greenway and continued on down the road. I wandered aimlessly and gave up hope on finding the Lohas Peninsula construction area where the old country road lay with the one-story, dilapidated Church. I stumbled upon a district road with loads of construction between car dealerships and pondered the idea of hitching a ride on one of those huge semi-trucks that haul all the cars. What an adventure it would be to end up in a random part of China? The road dead-ended into a small, elegant apartment complex where the buildings only reached a max of five stories. I walked around in loops until finally realizing I needed to walk back the same path I came.

Lohas Peninsula

On the old, country road, near the abandoned church by Lohas Peninsula construction!

People looked at me with buggy eyes and straight faces. I just smiled, nodded my head and continued walking. I stumbled upon the place where I first met Zoe at the Sunday BBQ a few weeks back. I tried walking across the closed pedestrian bridge, but after feeling it wobble from just 140 lbs. I decided to find another way across the Pi River tributary.

Lohas Peninsula

There always needs to be feet in some pictures 🙂

My eyes followed the shoreline and I contemplated turning around, but my feet trudged along aimlessly. I passed all the Chinese fishing in the nearby puke green ponds. There long poles scattered out across the pond. They sat a few feet away from each other in hand-made wooden chairs sipping on their herbal tea. Some played cards while they waited for their lines to move indicating a bite. I doubt anything lived in that pond, but who knows? I walked past them trying to find my way back home. I hit another dead-end into a parking lot, but small dirt paths between the field of green cabbage by the river looked like a way out. So I wandered!

Pi River

View number two without the feet 🙂

Dust drifted up to my face as I drug my feet through the six-inch dirt path between the terraces of cabbage and other vegetables. I am not sure if I trespassed onto private property, but I did not see any people or signs so I kept going trying to find a new way back. An abandoned shack stood a few feet from the shoreline. A one-story, windowless, concrete building with crusty shoes on the windowsill, a bundle of twigs inside and a few articles of dirty laundry stashed in the corner.

Pi River

An abandoned shack by the Pi River

My feet started to hurt at this point of the journey from all of the walking, but I continued on away from the shoreline and into a field of bright, leafy, green vegetables. In the distance, my eyes locked onto buildings that appeared vacant. Interesting architecture struck my eyes and I wandered closer trying to get a better look. Open, three-story, concrete apartments decayed in one lot. They looked like a series of intricately crafted sand castles. While another vacant complex sat next to it, windowless, with decaying red, brick fragments falling off the walls similar to the building I saw near North Railway Station.

It neared 4:00 PM, and as much as, I wanted to hop the fence and explore the abandoned apartments on Qujing Road, I decided to leave it for another day since we have tickets for a Chinese ballet later tonight at 6:30 PM. It sounds quite gay, and not really something I’d normally agree to, but it’s free and the women have minimal clothing so it can’t be that bad. With that said I am beginning to think that China urbex is much better than the states. There are far more buildings to explore and less security.

Pi River

Another view of the Pi River

If you are looking for more China Urbex feel free to read my previous posts on the locations I found while exploring ChengDu:

Xindu Urbex

North Railway Station Urbex

ChengDu Abandoned Bar Urbex

Century City Rooftop Urbex

More Century City Urbex

Xindu Urbex

Xindu Urbex

Xindu Urbex

I have been lazy the past few days and lethargic. The lymph nodes on my neck under my chin are inflamed and I am fighting some kind of infection, but the good news is I have my own bed to rest in and I am getting more sleep at night than in ChengDu. Anyway, I will post about the last two days in one article.

Making Chinese Dumplings

Zoe is teaching me how to make dumplings!

So yesterday I woke up earlier than usual. I awoke at 9:30 AM after much needed sleep. We spent the morning making Chinese Dumplings. Zoe showed me the ingredients I needed to make dumplings for my family in America. The process, though long and tedious, made for a delicious lunch. After pinching the dough together for about 30 or 40 dumplings I finally got the process down quickly and efficiently. The pork, lettuce and chicken flavored seasoning from the inside of each dumpling caused an explosion of flavor in my mouth unfamiliar to my taste buds, but nonetheless scrumptious. Homemade dumplings beat anything from the market or restaurants.

After much debating for what to do with our afternoon we decided to take the 2:00 PM bus from Southwestern Petroleum University in Xindu back to ChengDu to meet up with Chris, Jelte, and Yezi. I used Strava to map the route of the bus ride back to ChengDu to find some cool Xindu urbex for today, but I ended up forgetting and roamed around the city aimlessly.

Making Chinese Dumplings

Just doing the long and tedious process of dumpling making 🙂

After an hour of passing out and drooling all over my jacket we arrived in ChengDu Tianfu Square and took the metro to Nijiaqiao station to meet up with the rest of the crew. Our original intentions changed to “Escape The Room” at the north gate of Sichuan University. The game is normally 100 Kwai per person, but they had a special going on for 35 Kwai per person. The object of the game is to work together with your group to find clues to escape the room. You have one hour to use the clues in the room to escape. Both English and Chinese are used in order to figure out how to open each of the locked boxes to get to the next room and eventually “ESCAPE!”

We spent more than an hour, but only made it into the next room. Zoe and I needed to catch a bus back to Xindu since the last bus leaves at 9:30 PM and they fill up rather quickly.

Making Chinese Dumplings

Ah success after making Chinese Dumplings. Let the eating begin!

I woke up this morning much later at 11:00 PM. I think I am finally getting over this cold. It might be due to the change in the temperature as it is getting much colder outside. Anyway, Molly, Zoe and I all took a bike ride around campus in a 3-seat bicycle. I felt extremely weird and awkward. The stress on my legs felt harder than walking, but nonetheless, I learned more about her university and the buildings in it.

Xindu Urbex

More rooftop photos

Zoe headed off to class around 2:30 and left me with the key so I could get back into the apartment. I took a much needed walk and enjoyed the Xindu urbex around the city. Before heading out on my 7 mile trek I decided to take the elevator up to the 27 floor of Zoe’s apartment. The roof, left wide open, made it easy to access. I just walked up the steps and through the open glass door like I owned the place. A lot of people left their laundry on lines to dry on the rooftop because of the bright sunny day outside. I on the other hand took pictures from each corner of the skyscraper. Once I realized I could climb a ladder to gain another 10 feet I placed my orange and drink down on the ground and clasped the metal ladder with both hands planting my feet against the slippery, tiled wall. I pulled myself up and climbed the ladder until reaching the top where an open, cement rooftop laid for me to be on top of the world. I looked around and realized I set foot on the highest point of any skyscraper in the area. The cranes working on the skyscrapers to my left sat a few feet higher, but other than that, I remained on top of Xindu, China. It felt so exhilarating. Not from an adrenaline standpoint, but just very peaceful, like only a few people looked out over the city from this point.

Xindu Urbex

Look out below!

I quickly climbed down from the ladder. Both feet making a loud plop onto the concrete roof below my feet. As I walked around the front to head down to the ground floor I realized I just missed getting caught by a security guard on the roof. He didn’t notice me so I just roamed along on my merry way.

Xindu Urbex

Don’t look down 🙂

The walk around town seemed rather boring for the most part. I passed a temple that looked the same as all the other tourist attractions in the past so I did not bother to enter. I walked around Guishui Greenway, which despite the name, lacked the color green. The waterway appeared to be a murky, black, color. Either from the clay below or contamination. I am unsure. The architecture on this route appeared to be rather interesting. Xindu Media building shimmered in the sun. It’s light blue windows reflecting much light from the ground floor to more than 30 stories up. I wanted to enter, but despite roaming the rooftops in random cities, business entities seems like a stretch due to more security and less reason to be there. I will upload the route later so you can see the area I wandered from Strava. This app is great if you don’t speak Chinese. You can map out areas to walk or ride a bicycle and it even supplies both names in English and Chinese. So if you get tired, just show the taxi driver your return destination and he can read it in Chinese and take you there. It’s great! Check it out at the Google Playstore to make your Xindu urbex adventures even more fun!

Xindu Urbex

Hole in the wall?

Xindu Urbex

Near the Xindu Media building. The really tall one to the far left 🙂

Xindu Skyscraper

Baoguang Vihara Temple

Baoguang Vihara Temple

I packed up all of my belongings, which despite getting a laptop, surprisingly fit into my bag still. I boarded the metro and got off at Tianfu Square walking past the big dictator statue and into the back parking lot full of buses.

Xindu Skyscraper

Zoe and Molly’s apartment. The view from my room!

The booth completely empty, but an old Chinese woman waved me over from the bus. My feet squeaked due to the holes that formed on the bottom of my shoes from all the walking and hiking. I boarded and handed her 7 kwai hoping that I picked the right bus to Zoe’s university in Xindu. My head nodded in and out, but I stayed awake the majority of the trip due to the continuous “beep” sound coming from the front of the bus.

Pray to the Gods

Where I lit the incense for each member of my family to pray for them!

Abandoned buildings and construction sites filled the area. I began to remember passing certain landmarks from my last bus ride to Xindu. As we progressed further into the trip I realized I picked the correct bus. We passed the same lavish stores and turned down the same winding roads. For some reason I assumed that the Xindu District was many miles outside of ChengDu, but after mapping it on Strava I realized the truth. Just under 20 miles covered, but the China traffic makes trips longer compared to the USA.

I phoned Zoe upon my arrival and waited patiently for her to arrive at the Xindu campus bus station. After a few minutes she showed up on a bicycle next to Molly. They walked me back to their apartment on the 18th floor of a beautiful skyscraper.

Tree Xindu

Some of the beautiful trees and plants that lined the temple.

Zoe showed me my room and then we hit the road again for my next adventure. She took me to Baoguang Vihara temple and Molly studied for her exams Saturday. She’s studying Russian and takes eight classes seven days a week. Everyone in China is so smart and working towards at least a master’s degree.

We walked into Baoguang Vihara temple after a short taxi ride through Xindu and Zoe gave me a brief tour of everything. She bought incense for the Baoguang Vihara temple so we could both pray. I practiced Chinese tradition despite being atheist. The monks in the temples talk and use cell phones. This blew my mind! For some reason I thought Buddhist Monks just ate vegetables, couldn’t speak, or use technology, but not all of that is remotely true.

We walked through Baoguang Vihara temple looking at all the intricately trimmed trees over hundreds of years old next to bright purple and yellow flowers. The clouds stormed in upon us bringing on a colder temperature. We wandered through each section of the temple barely seeing any people. I loved it! Normally tourist attractions suck because of the crowds, but this groggy day made for the perfect temple visit. She snapped many photos of me praying, and standing in front of the beautiful temple architecture.

Temple

Intricate Chinese tower in the middle of the temple!

In one part of the temple hundreds of gold colored statues lined the perimeter of the room and its hallways. Zoe said the statues symbolized a tribute to all of the legends from that time period. Gold colored statues with a cornucopia of folded and half-folded arms perched in the center of the room with their heads inches under the ceiling. Clear plexi-glass boxes full of apples lined the tables as if the statues must give them out to people.

Zoe could not translate in English the significance of the arms or the apples, but this theme followed many Buddhist temples in China.

After touring the temple Zoe needed to go back to class and then pick up groceries for dinner. I decided to doze off and take a quick nap. I think the mono might be coming back so I want to rest as much as possible to be ready for my trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dinner

All of us eating hotpot together.

A few hours passed and Yezi, Molly, Zoe and their roommate whose name I cannot spell, all joined me at the dinner table for the delicious hotpot meal Zoe prepared for us. I only ate hotpot once prior at a restaurant, but Zoe’s cooking far surpassed it. The delectable shrimp rolls, juicy little sausage, tender pork, mouth-watering tofu and chewy strands of mushrooms all filled me up pretty quickly. It gave me the energy I needed to get my ass kicked by a few Chinese girls in ping pong later.

Xindu

Xindu

I woke up much earlier than normal today to go to a BBQ with Yezi and Jelte. We took the metro to Tianfu Square and walked across the street past the Mao Zedong statue towards the back of the building where a few buses idled. She grabbed us tickets for Xindu and we waited for our bus to fill before the driver set out on our 1-hour drive to Yezi’s university.

Xindu BBQ

Hanging with Zoe at the BBQ

I dozed in and out of my awakened state several times throughout the trip due to my severe hangover from the night before at Helen’s bar (they give out free Tsingtao beer from 9 – 10 PM). The scenery remained the same throughout the trip from what I remember in my foggy state-of-mind. Just a plethora of vacant skyscrapers being built all around the city with the occasional slum village smacked between them.

We arrived in Xindu at around 1 PM and met up with Yezi’s friends from class. Recently, her friend Zoe contacted me through weChat about traveling in China and we finally introduced ourselves today. She will intern in the USA for two months at an electrical engineering firm. She spoke great English, but her friend Molly, a petite, cute, Chinese girl in her last year of university as well, spoke nearly perfect English.

Friends Xindu

Zoe added some effect to this photo, regardless, good times with friends.

I chatted with Zoe more as we walked towards the picnic area for a BBQ, but the pedestrian bridge, where we needed to cross, looked closed to the average person. I wanted to climb underneath, pull myself up and walk across the rickety platform, watching pieces fall into the water, but we took a motorbike taxi instead.

After ten minutes, we arrived in the park where tons of Chinese friends and families barbecued on this calm, sunny, peaceful Sunday afternoon. I talked to Molly and Zoe most of the time and taught them how to play “Rock, Paper, Scissors…SHOOT,” “President,” and “Texas Hold’em.” We ended up playing a few rounds of “The Landlord” in between eating food. All of her friends prepared and cooked food for the BBQ. I stuffed myself ever few minutes for over the course of a few hours in between downing some beer. We ate spiced pork, beef, smoked shrimp, crab and fish rolls, a chewy, Korean rice dish, eggplant, and countless other dishes all for 60 Kwai. No matter how full I felt, I continued to eat after Zoe cooked her next dish. I experienced so many different foods all in a short-time frame that my taste buds felt an explosion of goodness in my mouth. I didn’t know how to handle it.

Chinese Food

Grubbin’ on some good Chinese food!

We stuck around for about four hours and head out to take a bus back home. We walked past the rural countryside of Xindu getting closer to the city. My camera died by this point, but I found it odd, we passed an old, abandoned church. It looked like people lived in it, from the maintenance of the lawn, but the building itself decayed near the rooftop and windows.

Photo Xindu

Had to get a group photo in before leaving Xindu. Great Sunday afternoon. Thanks guys!

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