Doug is a first year fellow at Xiuning High School. Upon arriving in Xiuning, he was surprised by how not rural Xiuning can seem at times. These last several months have been a study in juxtapositions between the 21st century and the 17th century. He has explored the area extensively on his bike, and he is excited to share this experience with you.
It took me a while to accept that fact that I did not come to China to eat good bread. I came to eat dumplings, noodles, pot-stickers, and stir-fry. I came to sample the multitudinous kinds of tofu, and to … Continue reading →
The photo shown in the background is the gate of one of the few preserved county yamens in China, located in Xiuning's Zhuangyuan Square. Dating from the Yuan dynasty (1345), this building would have been the seat of the Xiuning government, housing the offices of the local magistrate. Now it has been converted into the national Zhuangyuan Museum (the zhuangyuan was the scholar who received the highest score on the national civil service exam in the Imperial Examination system; Xiuning produced more zhuangyuan than any other place in China).