Friday, January 20, 2012

Second port - China

Our cruise has been perfectly calibrated to arrive in many of our ports during some of their most beloved holidays. This happens to be the case as we arrive in China just in time for Chinese New Year!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

We were greeted by a lovely Chinese lady who taught us Hello (ni hao), good bye (zai jian) and Happy New Year (Gung Hay Fat Choy)!

Practicing our Chinese

She also explained the tradition of the money tree.

The money tree is put out during the second day of Chinese New Year. Red envelopes containing lucky coins are placed on the tree for the members of the household.

Koi fishing

 Actual koi fishing would probably be frowned upon in China, where koi are treasured.
Our world travelers had a competition to see who could collect the most fake koi in two minutes.

I made fishing poles from dowels. The line was a string with a strong magnet attached at the end. I found goldfish key chains at Oriental Trading that light up when you squeeze their belly. How cool is that?!!

Dragon Dance

While the girls practiced the Ribbon Dance the boys learned the art of Dragon Dance.

Jett at the coveted head position

Chinese Dinner

China had probably one of the most loved meals of the week. The kids loved the food,
the mom's loved ordering and picking it up at the local restaurant!

That night we shot off fireworks to ward off evil spirits.
 It worked, not one nasty evil spirit bothered us all night.
Zia jian!

Gramma Luvlee

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