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Kaiping Dialou, Chikan Old Town and a couple of beers

It's a bit late tonight, we have had a long day visiting a world heritage site called Kaiping Diaolou and a couple of villages, one with an old market, as always people are fascinated to see us, we have had our photos taken. Hazel and I ere asked by a few teenagers if they could take our photos, fab. These were very traditional and humble places, rice fields, and old traditional ways> Chikan Old Town really is special, although it does get some tourists we felt like a novelty, so they don't get many. Market stalls line the river, with old fishing boats and street food. I bought my nieces little trinkets made at the stall with little chinese engravings on rice grains. The big hit with us, having had virtually nothing sweet  all week, was a couple making seed and nut brittle with ginger, utterly divine.  I am not so keen on bamboo juice, but watching the fresh bamboo getting juiced was a novelty. 

Getting back into the mighty metropolis od Gungzhou ws almost painfull as the many laned traffic was slow, a late supper and then a couplle of beers down our local who are always pleased to see us.

I am very excited about tomorrow... more of that tomorrow..

neh ha from China

J

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Day 7 Toast and Butter Neh Ha

It's odd what you miss from home, I thought it would be coffee, but today I wanted buttery toast for breakfast and I have only been away for a week.  This morning was spent in a Tui Na lecture and demonstration, pushing and grasping, I am really interested in this and feel there are certain things I can add to my practice which would be really beneficial.

My back that was walked on yesterday feels like it has been hit with a sledge hammer, I drew the line at being worked on any more today.

Tonight we go straight from class on our river cruise, very excited about this, I cannot believe how well we are being looked after...our weekend begins very soon and then we are into our clinical week. 

These are lovely lovely people

Neh Ha

And a little bow to you

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More Qi in the Park and Foot Massage

We have decided to do Qi Gong in the park everyday. Last night I had coffee and as a result had another terrible nights sleep, I am still not over jet lag, and it really was silly to make it worse. Any way, up at 7.00am  and out to play in the park. Today we had a lovely spot looking out over the lake which is a little piece of tranquillity in this busy city of at least 12 million. We started our lovely routine, which as a stiff old bird, I am finding hard to look elegant. Half way through our set an old lady came towards the back of our group and joined in, then another two. They have asked if they can join us every morning, so we are looking forward to seeing if they do.

Our group of old men were out doing keepy uppy again with a shuttle cock, while the ladies with the fan routine were out with swords today. It is such a fantastic start to the day, of course the weather is good, which helps, but taking time to practice something good is such a wonderful tradition.

Our day in the hospital involved a lecture by our professor of flying needles and watching him in his clinic.  He seems to get the really chronic cases, and has amazing results.  But to get any result requires lots and lots of treatment. Stroke patients are treated daily, some of whom are in patients at the hospital. We were delighted to then spend some time with a different doctor and his staff, who were actually doing things that were very familiar to us! We could say here that the treatment chosen, we would have chosen. It involved moxa, the only difference being that the moxa was left to burn the skin. (Do not worry I will not try this at home). It seems that many of the senior doctors have developed completely their own styles, all however routed in classic theory.

Then we were asked if we would like to experience a foot massage, I am not talking reflexology, this was a doctor standing on your back to massage it. Muggins here and here pals decided it was a good idea, unfortunately the poor young doctor had not anticipated my shot back, he looked shattered afterwards! So was I, I think moving however many tons of earth in the summer has finished it off! 

This evening we spent it doing a bit of local shopping and had a little tea occasion in a tea emporium. Then I am sorry to say we went to a Haagen- Dazs and had ice cream.

Got my pants back from the laundry, nicely ironed..... 

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