Never did I think I would ever make it to China. I have now been blessed with two trips to China to share about American Soybean production and Biotechnology. I share about my trip last fall to China.
Late last September I was given the opportunity to travel to China on behalf of the United States Soybean Export Council (USSEC). Myself, 3 other farm moms, Linda our trip coordinator and amazing interpreter Jane made a trip to the other side of the world. My wonderful friend Sara from Saras-House did a perfect job explaining why we took this trip and how important this trip was to American Agriculture as did my friend LaVell from Growing for Tomorrow.
Their money Yuan or RMB are colorful bills with a few coins. It takes about 6.12 RMB to equal $1 American dollar. They do love American money over there, several of the shopping places we stopped at preferred American money as long as it was not “dirty”. They wanted perfect bills. Beijing is a very modern clean city with amazing architecture and subway system. It is a huge city about the size of New York and L.A. combined. I would never have thought China would have great beer, I am not even a huge beer fan but it was refreshing and tasty if you enjoy a light beer. We got to try several different kinds and these were my favorites. They have a crisp clean taste. This is also one of my most favorite photos of our translators mom who spoke no English but was adorable and we loved spending time with her, she was a former educator in China. Meal time is a little different when you eat out in China, everything is brought family style and you share your items with those sitting at the table. Rice was served as a side item not with every meal like when we eat Chinese food in America. Dessert was offered very little and I did not see much chocolate. Most of their candy is more fruity than chocolate. Meal time is definitely a time for friends and family, people sit down relax and share food and fellowship much like we do in America. Their hot tea was not what I expected either. It was interesting for certain not very strong. Water quality is an issue, we drank only bottled water (even to brush our teeth) and people who live in China always boil their water before drinking. If you order a glass of water it will come boiling as it is the only way safe to drink.
How can you travel all the way to China and not see the Great Wall of China? We did not have much down time but did take a half day to drive out to the countryside and experience the Great Wall of China! The air is always a little hazy due to air pollution (which is another issue). Rain was moving in on us as we walked on the wall. This is one of the most amazing things I have gotten to experience, it was truly breathtaking.