Thanksgiving in China

So China does not actually celebrate Thanksgiving–as I’m sure you’ve gathered–but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Since turkey (or ‘fire chicken’ as it’s called here) is hard to come by, let alone cook in our tiny kitchen, buckets of KFC were substituted. Everyone prepared a dish or brought out the wine and we were able to expose a few curious Chinese friends and bemused British ones to an American Thanksgiving in our building’s computer room.

Pictures stolen from Cassie and Thomas, whose blog you should check out for more adventures in Nanjing β™₯

Also, my students were genuinely impressed by my mad hand-turkey drawing skills. Finally, my elementary school education is coming in… handy.



Sun Yat Sen’s mausoleum


October 1st is National Day in China, and going to Sun Yat Sen’s mausoleum on that day is a bit like going to the Washington Memorial on the 4th of July. It’s actually part of a huge park on Purple Mountain and when you buy a ticket, you have the opportunity to pay a little more to get access to other attractions.







Christmas in Nanjing

Nanjing has a pretty strong western community, plus a lot of folks who love shopping. Christmas Eve is a big date night, with people selling flowers and balloons that say ‘I love you’ on the side. Also, the center of the city is incredibly crowded and reminds you more of New Years Eve than Christmas. There are Christmas lights up here and there, and any mall hoping to attract shoppers has a tree or dancing Santa in the lobby.


Church services are usually pretty packed. This is a picture of Sacred Heart in the middle of Nanjing; I was told that it was founded a few hundred years ago by the French and is the only Catholic church in Nanjing recognized in Rome.


In any case, Christmas in Nanjing is–for most people–just another day, but with more lights and an excuse to go have a party and wear a Santa hat while shopping. Then again, that’s true for some people back home too. Merry Christmas!