**** note to those traveling to China anytimte soon....
June 5, 2015 (Ok the internet in China is driving me completely bonkers. Everyone using VPN's here is having problems. It doesn't matter which one we use, we get cut off at random times. This makes blogging virtually impossible. Facebook is ocassionally ok. I like adding picutres to the blog, but everytime I do it blinks out for a second or two and then the whole thing crashes. So I will likely have to finish most of the past week when we get home. I also accidentally posted this attempt before it was finished. So suffice it to say, I"m hoping to catch up. If my memory holds. =) and jet lag does not take over.)
on to the post now that we are home:
We stayed at the ShangriLa Hotel in Hohhot. Very nice and I love the location in the middle of city life.
Totally up our alley.
Each morning we experienced a wide variety of foods from the local area on the buffet. I just loved the cauldron of Milk Tea. I have to say it takes some getting used to because it almost has a salty taste to it. I added sugar of course. My favorite was to add toasted millet sprinkeld on top. Some of the other add ins were not so appealing.
This lady cracked up as I tried taking her picture ladeling the tea.
the add ins
other dishes on the "breakfast" menu
Our guide Sandra took me and the kids on a little adventure during the day through the streets of Hohhot and into a traditional Chinese Tea House. Here are some sights along the way.
Here is our tea server who taught us the proper way to drink tea.
a few pictures of the rest of the tea shop.
On our last night in Hohhot, we went out to dinner at a traditional Mongolian dinner and entertainment restaurant with our new friends the Colemans, whom I met on a facebook group for adoptive families from IM. We really enjoyed spending time with them. Fortunately they had a long list of menu items a friend gave them so we knew what we were ordering.
As you can see Mongolian food is heavy on the meat and even potatoes. Much different than Cantonese style foods. Mutton was very common.
Here is some of the entertainment. VERY loud dare I say "screaming" voices and loud whiny "violin" type instruments. Fun to see. But, we didn't stay for the whole thing. =)
This guy was a hoot. Check out the mustache.
just me. taken by one of the kids.
and another day is done.