Today began with a visit to Martyr’s Park and the
. Hunan Embroidery Museum
We went to the park and began a walk on a trail that turned into small areas where people gathered to do Tai Chi, play card games, make music, and spend time with friends.
Next, we were given a mini-concert by a local man playing on an ancient instrument with only 2 strings. Hannah told us she thought the song was a sad song, and she’s probably right it sounded like a sad song.
Later, we observed an older man instructing a student in Tai Chi, and Hannah started asking him questions. He generously invited the girls to get a quick lesson in Tai Chi. After teaching them 2 movements, he instructed them to go home and practice the movements 8 times.
We then walked deeper into the park and came across many fair type rides. We let the kids choose one ride—they chose this ride that you had to pedal and twist while it moved along the tracks.
We then walked to a Koi Pond and the kids were able to feed the Koi fish. They were fighting to get the food. This concerned Hannah, she didn’t like them fighting for the food. There was a humongous Koi fish that made his way to the food, we were all amazed by his size. Zach has decided that he would like to dig up part of our backyard and make a Koi pond. (We vote No—sorry Zach.)
After the Koi Pond, we began a long walk around the pond and through the beautiful trees and shrubs. We were able to see a realistic part of
that showed how the people spend some of their time. Leighanne especially like the Lotus plants and was impressed by their size. Ben and I actually tried Lotus roots for breakfast this morning. Ben didn’t care for them and described them as plain and crunchy. I thought they were okay, but would be better mixed with something else. China
After walking a very long way around the lake, we exited the park and met with our driver. It was only a very quick trip to the
. The Hunan Embroidery Museum is known for its beautiful embroidery. These large pieces of art take a few years to complete. We enjoyed getting to see the workers use their hands to make such detailed stitches. Our newest social butterfly greeted each worker, and asked specific questions about what they were creating. They were very sweet to answer her questions. Hunan Province
We completed the tour and left the Museum. We headed back to the hotel, where we had lunch and then laid down for a nap. Later, Zach and Leighanne both worked on school while Hannah played with the Barbies.