陕西人和浐灞 vs. 广州恒大

Shaanxi Renhe Chanba vs. Guangzhou Hengda

Jason surprised me this past Wednesday with a trip to the Shaanxi stadium to watch a football game. That’s soccer to all my fellow Americans. Now, I am not particularly a fan of football, but it was the gesture that counted in this situation. I am trying to heed my mother’s own advice and add the word “compromise” to my lexicon. haha 

Ticket. When we arrived at the stadium, unlike every other occasion of going anywhere in China, they did not allow you to bring in outside food and beverages. This meant the snacks and drinks we purchased a mere 10 minutes before had to be stowed somewhere. We left my bag (of course I took out any valuables) at one of the many clothing stores that circles the first level of the stadium.   
Scoreboard with a myriad of Guangzhou fans in the stands below it. Much like any American football game I had to endure in high school, there is quite a bit of chanting, drum beating, and demoralizing your opponent. 
Shaanxi fans. Every time Guangzhou stole the ball or got a goal, the Shaanxi fans would shout “zai, f***,” in the Shaanxi dialect. They would even go so far as to protrude their middle finger, waving it around in the air. I found this behavior amusing and occupied much of my time during the game.  
The stands are a bit far from the field. I couldn’t see much of the game, but was well aware of what was happening courtesy of the Shaanxi fans and their banter. The stadium, as it was explained to me, is used for a myriad of sporting events. 
Just before the game. Similar to any sporting event in the States, everyone stood when the Chinese national anthem  was played, while many sang along. 
Jason’s idea of a magnificent photo. Note the toilet paper thrown without a care of whom will have to clean up after their mess. I realized this is why security didn’t want fans bringing in water bottles. At the end of the game, there were a number of fans who threw various objects, including and not limited to an umbrella, water bottles, or empty soda cups. 
Red is Guangzhou and white is Shaanxi. Guangzhou was the favored team and didn’t disspoint. They won 4-1. Of course, Jason and his fellow Shaanxi people were rooting for their team. Oh, interesting side note, both teams have foreign players. I don’t know what countries the players are from, but Jason mentioned one of the two teams has a player from Brazil. I also noticed some players who looked of African descent. I was a bit fixated on this, because I don’t think US soccer teams are on the lookout for scooping up Chinese players.  
The Shaanxi public library is situated in front of the stadium. There were cars parked everywhere and it took us nearly 40 minutes to get a taxi to Da Yanta. 
Like I mentioned in the previous caption, we went to Da Yanta. I was craving Delhi Darbar, an Indian restaurant. Here I am, starved, waiting for our food. We ordered so much (our eyes being bigger than our stomachs) that at least a quarter of our dinner left with us in doggy bags. Chinese are big fans of doing this. Waste not, want not! 

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s