New Traditions


As we embrace (with fear and trembling?) our 4th winter here in northern China, we look for the bright spots in nearly constant sub-zero temps (minus 10-20 Celsius, for you Euros).

Ice skating.

On the canal 5 minutes’ walk from our front gate.

5 RMB (less than $1) per person to skate.

Performance by middle-aged men playing traditional music and ice-dancing while humming along in operatic style–priceless.

Gotta love the Chinese flair!
This has become our Christmas Day activity with other friends, followed by hot soup (and lasagna this year) at someone’s house.

Even China Surprise at a tender 3 years of age absolutely loves it now!





5 responses »

  1. Great pictures! Yes this is now our fifth tropical Christmas in SE Asia (and though I think we might have it easier…) and it is fun to watch now our family embrace the new traditions even when they still miss the old.

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