Our Tribe loves traveling together.
Sometimes it is impossible & we travel vicariously through each others’ experiences.
When Xia Yin invited us to join her family for a day trip to Tangyuan, I knew I won’t be able to join in, but encouraged Zuko & the girls to enjoy the day.
They left at 07h00 from Jiamusi.
Tangyuan is just 50 kilometres away.
You can get there by car, bus or train.
Jiamusi is surrounded by beautiful, exquisite towns, filled with beautiful exquisite people & hugged by stunning parks, mountains & forests.
By 08h30 they arrived in Tangyuan.
At the temple.
For Zuko’s travel companions this was an important day.
There are many temples all over China, but this one is special. It is buzzing with activity. Monks spending months at a time here, studying, meditating, praying.
Our friends pray.
Zuko & the girls taste the holy space.
A monk befriends Maddi.
Gives her a hug & green stone bracelet.
Inside this space they do not take pictures, respecting the sanctity of the moment.
From the temple they take a tractor train to the forest.
Beautiful Asian trees & wooden decks greet them.
They play games.
They love games.
They share a meal.
Mostly with smiles & gentle touching, for language is limited.
They nap & relax on the hangmats.
Take a walk into the mountain.
Listen to the sound of the wind rustling through leaves.
Then the return by tractor-train to the temple & from there they head out back towards Jiamusi.
On the way, they stop for dinner along the Shongua River.
Barbeque meat on sticks are very popular.
Corn is picked in the fields right next to the restaurant.
They play some more.
Eat some more beautiful food.
And then the day is gone.
And as they tell their story, we resolve, in October, when I have a few days, they’ll take me there too & maybe we’ll follow the track of the train, disembarking wherever it stops, spending a day, to embark again, to see another little town, meet more beautiful people, taste a different China.