Teaching continues to go pretty well, and I'll provide an update on that sometime soon. But I thought you might enjoy hearing and seeing something about some recent excursions Jill and I have taken around town. One of the most beautiful, surely, was our visit this week to the Plum Blossom Festival, an annual event staged here from late February till about mid-March. This year's event opened February 25 and will last through March 13, so there is still time to visit if you find yourself in Nanjing soon!
Plum Blossom Valley and Plum Blossom Hill are located along the lower reaches of the Purple Mountain (Zhijin Shan), probably the best-known tourist site around Nanjing. Visible from the university (at least on clear days), the Purple Mountain has an observatory atop it, numerous monuments from Ming times, and also serves as home to the mauseoleum of Sun Yat-Sen, generally known as the founder of modern China. Nanjing's metro line no. 2--which extends out to the new university campus--also passes by the foot of Purple Mountain, so it was an easy ride to get out there and a short walk from the metro station to the plum blossom gate. We went there on a weekday, and, given the crowds, this was a wise decision; weekends must be really packed, at least when the weather is good. There is an admission charge, although seniors get a reduced price, which must have accounted for the numerous seniors whom we encountered during our stroll.
There was every shade of pink and purple, white, and even yellow plum blossom.
So everywhere people were having a good time, enjoying the beauty around them as well as family and friends with whom to share these pleasures. As we sat munching some flatbreads (typical of Uigur Chinese), we felt fortunate to be able to sample this very special day.