Thursday, April 07, 2005
We got a chance to see these little girls contort themselves into all sort of pretzels and do some physics defying stunts. The students at this school are scouted from all over China. As young as 6 years old, they come to live in the Opera school bording school and study here.
Today we spent the morning at the world famous Beijing (or Pekin) Opera School. This is where the students train to be Opera actors. It is a very difficult craft that includes acrobatics, elaborate costumes, extreme make up and exaggerated expressions. The children in the picture picture above must learn to stand in that crazy (standing) split position for half and hour at a time.
Today, we were honored to go to the Beijing's most famous master kite maker. We were taught the finer points of Chinese kite making. Master Wang's kites are so amazing, they can fly without wind. Yes, I couldn't believe it until he made his kite fly inside his house. Yeap, I seen it!! He recently went to an international kite competition. All the other competitors were waiting for the wind to pick up and all of a sudden, they saw an eagle kite flying without wind. Needless to say, Master Wang won hands down.
In traditional (real) Sechuan cooking, the meat is served raw (see raw chicken and beef in the picture). Then you are suppose to toss the raw bite sized pieces of meat into this boiling soup pots that are placed in the middle of the table. The meat cooks within 4 seconds. You then fish out the meat, toss it in some sesame sauce and eat it. Here is Meredith, Christy and Meredith expertly eating Sechuan food.