Thursday, June 10, 2010

Introducing Qufu

Qufu is my town in China.  Qufu is a bit scruffy (other than the tourist sites), but doggone -- I like it.  It's not too big, there are markets outside two of the three school gates, we have a centuries-old city wall, and the countryside is less than 10 minutes away from my door. 

When my brother and sister were here, we all spent three days in Qufu.  If we would have had three weeks, maybe I would have had time to introduce them to all the snacks and students and corners of town I wanted them to experience.  But three days was all we had, and this is how we spent it:

Fielding student questions


Touring campus

Buying (and laughing at) couple's T-shirts

Seeing the town

Other activities included renting bicycles, doing laundry, eating street food, hanging out in the East Market, touring the Confucius sites, and getting sick, but I guess I didn't take any pictures of those.

A message to my family:  Please come back to Qufu.  Every day I discover something else that I forgot to show you.  A message to everyone else:  Please come to Qufu.  There are some roasted critters on a stick I want you to try. :)


  1. 2 questions:

    Did you ride in that frilly-looking rickshaw in the background?
    Did Emily ever snare that shrimp?

  2. I often ride in those yellow rickshaws. They are usually pedal-powered, so it takes awhile to get anywhere, but it's a nice way to see the town.

    Emily is (I think) going after a piece of candied sweet potato in that picture. I doubt she snagged it -- that's some pretty sticky stuff.