I wanted to write an update since I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I was in China for two and a half weeks, and then school started immediately after. It’s been a hectic month, but things have finally settled back down. Below are some pictures from my bi-annual trip to China!
We went to bei hai, which was originally created for an emperor as a place to relax. It’s good to be the emperor, you get entire lakes created for you in the middle of the city. Now the lake has been taken over by clubs and bars. Younger people go there at night to party hard. It’s extra awkward when you go with your own father and he points out all the bars at which he’s had a drink or two or five…
I took this picture at the mecca of nerd-dom in China. There is a complex of ancient buildings in Beijing that was the HQ of Kong Fu Zi, the original person that believed studying was a good idea. Now it’s a place where students go to pray that they’ll get high scores on their high school/college entrance exams. Each of the red wooden slabs are purchased by students and placed on the gate with their wishes for good grades.
This is a ceiling in one of the buildings in the Kong Fu Zi complex. Can you imagine working in an opulent environment like this everyday? I would probably just sit at my desk and stare at the ceiling. I love the intricate geometric pattern and the attention to detail. The lighter parts are all inlaid with gold.
Back in the day, if you were among the highest scorers in your year, your name would be carved on a large stone slab so that you could be remembered for all of eternity as a smart person. There were slabs there that dated back to the 1600s. I kinda wanted to carve my name into a slab just for fun…
I also got my nails done at this japanese nail place in Beijing. I went with a chanel-esque design that incorporated the outline on the nail. It looked good, but I didn’t like how many layers they applied. My nails were super uncomfortable because the nail was way too thick with almost 10 layers of gel on them. Plus I could’ve done this myself for free, and in much less than the 4 hours it took them.
Look at how happy I am in this picture! Just kidding. It was like 98 degrees that day, and we had walked outside for over 5 hours by the time we sat down to take a break. The mango shaved ice was especially delicious though, I really enjoyed it. This picture was taken before I decided to chop off all my hair and dye it light brown with purple highlights lol. I’ll post separately about my hair since it’s such a drastic change from my previous haircut. (wearing: tom ford sunglasses, tiffany diamond by the yard rose gold necklace, zara t-shirt)
Spending time in China is always super fun since I get to spend time with my amazing grandparents, and I get to eat all the delicious food that I want. I’m already looking forward to going back in the winter!
I hope everyone had a great month of August!
~ Deb ~