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At 9am I looked at my breath: a white miniature cloud dispersing into the quiet cold of my hotel room.

The inside of my sleeping bag was cozy and warm.

I closed my eyes.

Sleeping felt like the best thing.

The best thing…

The best…


When I woke up again I painfully realized that it was already too late to get anywhere walking.

I decided to check out Dingzhou Pagoda 定州塔 and look for a different hotel, one with a radiator.

Dingzhou Pagoda

The pagoda was nice but not accessible.

Not that I cared much actually, because I didn’t have my wide-angle anyway.

The Dingzhou Municipal Museum 定州市博物馆 has an AAA-rating.

Dingzhou museum

The highest national rating is 5A.

It was an okay place to look around for a little while, even though it was fairly small and not all the objects were self-explanatory.

figurine in Dingzhou museum

For most of them, there was no mention as to what they were or when they had been made, but I enjoyed looking at them anyways.

There was a little explanation to the next object though.

jade suit

This is an imperial jade burial suit 玉衣.

It was designed to help the deceased emperor gain immortality, 100% made of jade, and sewn with silver.

Because being an Emperor means that you always want to go into the afterlife in style.

Notice something about the suit though?

Great detail!

I didn’t spend very much time in the museum though, actually.

Instead I went to the Jizhong Vocational College 冀中职业学院.

I had run into a few students near the pagoda, and we had decided that it was time for me to go and learn English there.

There was a statue I found in the courtyard. It was broken, and it looked as if nobody cared.

broken statue

I thought it had a very powerful visual impact the way it was.

But I didn’t spend much time outside, since I had come to learn English, and learn English I did.

This English class in Dingzhou took me in

This class and I spent two hours talking about stuff, and I gotta say, I had a great time!

We were a bit shy at first.

But both the students and their teacher were very charming.

Once we overcame our shyness, we just chatted away about this and that.

About Germany and China, about the movies and the Olympics, about music and the lack of hot flavor in German cuisine.

It was a lot of fun.

Now I’m in my hotel room.

Is it better than the one last night? The one that I left, the one that is only a bit more than 3km from here? (And if you look at the map, you will see that I was actually walking in circles.)

Well, I am not so sure.

It’s 10pm, and the couple next door is making love, and I’m not making love, I’m writing this, and what’s worse is I noticed the heating just got turned off here, too.

Well, well, I have chips and I have coke.

And today was a day well spent.

  • Rindy

    haha,so funny,how is the voice?
    your english is much better than them i thought.
    no one beautiful girl in the pic,so poor!


  • wuhsi

    Du solltest Dir auch so eine Rüstung zulegen, wahrscheinlich müsste man ein kleines Detail noch etwas vergrößern, aber dann… stell Dir mal vor, wie geil: armoured sipf is walking through the country. allzeit bereit.
    … oh, man ich kann nicht mehr. haha


  • Christoph

    Rindy: I liked the students very much, all very charming and cute, and their English was pretty good, too!

    wuhsi: Für armoured sipf würde die Jade reichen, meinst du? Der Teufel steckt im Detail, hehe…



    Hey Wuh, hey Sipf,

    ich bin mir sicher details will der unsymetrische nicht ! hähähä


  • Christoph

    Was für Details meint denn der Bower?


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