Oh, You Are Lovely

Panjiayuan is a fantastic spot in Beijing.  I love it.  I love looking and talking and not understanding half the conversation.  I love it when they courteously compliment my negotiating skills when they still have made money off this foreigner.  I love not knowing what everything is, like a lot of places I go in China.  This visit to Panjiayuan, I thoroughly enjoyed with a fellow pottery/porcelain/curiosity lover.  We looked – we asked – we wondered – we loved – we bought – we love.  Thank you, S, for a morning memory I will carry with me a very long time.  Enjoy.

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So Many Beautiful

The 1st graders at school have a little trouble with certain parts of English grammar.  For example, when they want to say they ate too much, or that they like something a lot, they say, “I ate so many lunch.” or “I so many like it.”  As teachers, we find ourselves using this phrase to express the same gleeful satisfaction.  On my December trip to Jiangxi Province, someone may have asked, “Isn’t it beautiful?”  Yes.  So many beautiful.

Wonderful hostel for about 150rmb/night:  Jingdezhen Youth Hostel at the Sculpture Factory – http://www.yhachina.com/

Fantastic Guide & Driver (and he can show you the best coffee in JDZ):  http://www.tojingdezhen.cn/home.html

Helpful Webpage to learn more (Thanks, Time Out Shanghai!):  http://www.timeoutshanghai.com/features/Travel-Weekend_breaks/8873/Weekend-break-Jingdezhen.html

Beautiful shop and residency available from The Pottery Workshop (shops located in other cities too):  http://www.potteryworkshop.com.cn/Jingdezhen.asp

Beautiful retreat to visit and residency available from Sanbao:  http://chinaclayart.com/index.html

Jingdezhen

A little solo trip to the ceramics capital of China warmed my soul.  Porcelain, pottery and perfection – oh my!

The talented people in Jiangxi Province began making ceramics about 2,000 years ago, during the Jingde period of the Song Dynasty.  The classic blue and white started here.  THE blue and white … in the 14th century.  They also invented a red underglaze.  The celadon is abundant too, and pure white. The Chinese regard the kilns as famous.  This area has produced wares for imperial families and royalty around the world, and a few things for me.

Enjoy the first post on this beautiful place.