汉中 Hanzhong

A group of us (Hui li, Tang shan, Jason, Angela, Michelle, and I) took a day trip to Hanzhong 汉中 in early May. Hanzhong 汉中 is supposedly the cradle of the Han majority’s civilization. It’s in the southwest part of Shaanxi, not far from the Sichuan border (It was about a 3-4 hour car ride). It’s a historically significant place as it once served as the capital, I believe for only 13 days. Also, because of its location, technically speaking, it is part of Southern China, but ask any Chinese and they will tell you the cradle of Han civilization is certainly part of Northern China!

On our way to Hanzhong 汉中在路上. 
The typical scenery of Hanzhong 汉中. These are rapeseed blossoms 油菜花. There was a running joke between Michelle, Angela, Jason, Hui li and I about the intriguing name of these plants… 
Lunch consisting of the famous Hanzhong 汉中 river fish in three different sauces: spicy, creamy, and tomato-based. Surprisingly, I found the spicy to be most pleasant. Mom and Dad, please do not take this to mean that I have adjusted well to eating spicy food; it’s quite the contrary!
汉江 or Han river, adjacent to the restaurant.  
At the Hanzhong Museum
The whole gang. Tang shan, Hui li’s niece, whom I tutored in TOEFL. She increased her score by 5 points in the speaking task; I guess that’s because of my help? 
Peony, the national flower of China. 
Hanzhong, quasi-bird’s eye view. There was a carnival of sorts taking place during our visit. 
Hanzhong at dusk
Cherry blossoms. There were so many beautiful flowers blooming in Hanzhong. 
Jason and I 
Hui li, Tang shan, and I in the rapeseed blossoms’ field.
张健和我

During our visit, we not only spent time at the Hanzhong Museum 汉中博物馆 or the fields, but we also had a closer look at the way a Chinese cotton factory works. Hui li’s brother or Tang shan’s father happens to own several cotton factories in various parts of China. One of his factories is in Hanzhong 汉中, and we were given a tour. My observations: seemed rather clean, machines were either outdated or spanking new, and most of the workers were female. We were then treated to a meal of Hanzhong cold noodles 汉中凉皮 by the factory’s management.

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