...and the journey continues...
Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
36Trip End Dec 14, 2008
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We arrived in Yixing around 4 in the afternoon. We did a little shopping for teapots around our hotel, and then headed to dinner. I bought my first Yixing teapot. It has a fish for a handle and feet. Yixing is known for it's "purple" clay that is used to make hand built teapots. They can be very simple or very elaborate
Thursday was our big day in Yixing. We started with a visit to the teapot museum. It was amazing. I took so many pictures. In the room with artists from the US there was an outhouse shaped teapot. I'm sure the Chinese must think we're all nuts.
After the museum we took taxis to see another dragon kiln. Li referred to this one as "antique." It was a 500 year old kiln used in the Ming (?) dynasty that is still in use today. They were getting ready to fire it the next day. This kiln was much more "dragon" like than the first one we saw. It looked like a huge backbone running up the hill. In addition to the kiln itself, I thought that the walls built with clay pots surrounding the kiln were pretty impressive.
We spent the afternoon in a different area of town looking at teapots. Almost every shop was full of them. Some were originals, but most of what I could afford were probably slip cast from an original. I ended up with a second teapot on Thursday. We finished out the day with a trip downtown to *drum roll* PIZZA HUT!!!! It was fantastic. I had a cheese lovers pizza and a coke. I ate my entire 9 in pizza which was probably the most food I've eaten in one sitting since we arrived in China. After dinner another girl and I stayed downtown to do some shopping. I didn't think that my day would get any better until *drum roll* we stumbled upon DAIRY QUEEN!!! It was so exciting. I had an Oreo Blizzard!!! I slept well that night.