Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Givers That Keep On Giving

Our gracious hosts from Tongji University, after an incredible day yesterday, were not finished making this trip feel like Christmas in October. This morning, a delegation, including Professor Qiu, our host, greeted us in the lobby of the Sheraton with a few more of the beautiful treasures that are specialties of China and, in particular, Shanghai.

First, of course, China. Yes, that kind of China. A huge box that includes the types of place settings that a Chinese family would own. Small bowls, plates, serving dishes and soup spoons in white with a silver floral pattern. Second, two beautiful lithographs depicting common Chinese scenery. One has a wonderful bamboo motif, the other a colorful sunset. Finally, a framed piece of artwork, colorfully displaying village life in a farming community, ties for first favorite for me (along with the silk comforter which is, by the way, still in the bag).

There is truly no way to describe how this type of hospitality makes us feel, except to say that we may never leave part because of the wonderful treatment we have received, in part because we have no idea HOW we're going to get all these gifts back to Beijing!!!



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