Friday, June 10, 2005

Mandarin class field trip

Ni hao! I'm coming upon my last week of level 1 Mandarin classes and today was the best class yet. Our laoshi (teacher) took us to Tea Chapter, a local teahouse, and we had our lesson over tea and dim sum.

Tea Chapter is especially cool, because it's in an old Chinese shophouse that is true to its roots. Usually a lot of these shophouses are gutted and only the facade is kept.

When you take tea there, a tea master shows you the gong fu way of preparing and serving tea. We had him give us our lecture in Mandarin. I understood maybe every third word.

This is my entire class. My laoshi is in the middle.