Tansy Comes Home for Lunar New Year 2016

Tansy at the Great Wall

Tansy at the Great Wall

Tansy is a very Lucky  Hitty and has been invited by various different people to go travelling hither and yon.  She recently spent several months in China, accompanying a friend who was participating in a professional exchange at the Nanjing Museum.  Tansy spent most of the weekends zooming around the country on fast trains, getting to visit many iconic locations of cultural significance.

Tansy's Translator, Mr Ge Chung

Tansy’s Translator, Mr Ge Chung

But during the week Tansy’s travelling companion worked at the Nanjing Museum with colleagues and a translator.  Mr Ge Chung was a very kind and doll-friendly man who made Tansy and her travelling companion very welcome at the Museum.  Here they are on the Museum’s terrace. In the distance is Purple Mountain, at the top of which is the mausoleum of Dr Sun Yat Sen.

Tansy and Folk Textile

Tansy and Folk Textile

Tansy’s travelling companion made sure that she got a good look at the museum exhibits, and photographed her in front of this folk textile,

Tansy at Nanjing Museum

Tansy at Nanjing Museum

And some spectacular Chinese Opera Costumes like this one with golden dragons on red background,

Opera Costume at Nanjing Museum

Opera Costume at Nanjing Museum

and this one with gold dragons on gold and blue background.

Tansy and Nanjing Museum Ceramics

Tansy and Nanjing Museum Ceramics

She also admired the luminous blue ceramics,

Tansy and Museum Sculpture

Tansy and Museum Sculpture

and beautiful sculptures.

 

Tansy visits the Muslim Quarter

Tansy visits the Muslim Quarter

On another weekend, they dashed over to Xi’an, and saw this beautiful golden building and crowds of people in the Muslim Quarter!

 

Terra Cotta Army

Terra Cotta Army

Tansy was also absolutely thrilled with the chance to visit the Terracotta Army in situ…

Tansy visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors

Tansy visiting the Terracotta Warriors

…she (not surprisingly perhaps) thought of them as kin, and felt amazed at their number, variation and size. She was also very glad that she is made of wood since even very old and very large china dolls seem prone to broken heads!

Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey

Tansy finds travelling very interesting, and mind-expanding – always filled with new experiences and many cultural differences… particularly in China! Tansy loved her time away, but is also very glad to be back home in time to participate in our Lunar New Year’s celebrations!  She will relish the relative peace and quiet of the Hitty Cupboard!

She and the rest of the Quimper Hittys wish all our friends a very Happy Lunar New Year (of the Monkey)!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!   恭喜發財

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Tansy Comes Home for Lunar New Year 2016

  1. What a great, once in a lifetime experience you had, Tansy dear. We loved seeing the photos you shared.
    However, are you sure there is peace and quiet to be found in the Hitty Cupboard? We have it on good authority that there might be a rather large reptile lodging there. He seems tame, but do take care, just in case!
    With our love,
    Mary and Roberta N-Q-H xxx

    • Tansy does get around! Fortunately for us, she likes to recount her adventures over a cup of Oolong tea and an almond cookie! We love to hear about the places she’s been and the people she’s met!

  2. Tansy ..you are amazing. We here in the Midwest admire your courage and spirit of adventure. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. And on a side note we were blown away by those examples of embroidery!!! amazing!!!

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