We arrived in Zhengzhou fairly late in the evening on Wednesday and headed to my hotel. It was in the back of a gated parking lot and was rather sketchy looking, though right around the corner from the center of town.
By rather sketchy, I mean the floor I was to sleep on was completely under construction. And everything was orange. Needless to say, I didn't spend very much time there.
The next morning, I decided to check out the museum, which was interesting. Taxis were very cheap, so I decided to just take a taxi instead of figuring out the bus system for just a couple days in the city.
The museum was shaped like a triangle, as you can see.
There were a lot of interesting artifacts.
A dog dragon.
And what appear to be teeth.
Some inappropriately shaped vases
But was extremely small...
And yet another dragon.
One thing I noticed in China was people do not wait in lines. They don't really in Korea either, but not quite to the same extent. There was a LOT of pushing and jamming me in the back, which was slightly annoying.
So many elbows.
I stopped at the bank to get some money, then left the bank to head to Anna's school.
I realized I didn't have my map, so I ran back to the bank and found the map sitting on the ATM.
I walked for a few minutes, then realized I didn't have my phone.
I ran back to the bank and found my phone sitting on the ATM, where the map had been.
That was a close call...
The population is 10 million. It's not westernized at all.
It's also very dirty...There was a layer of dirt and the air was "hazardous" the entire time I was there.
And by layer of dirt, I mean several layers.
Men and women were spitting all over the place, every time preceded with a hocking, horrible sound.
Children did not wear diapers. Instead, they wore pants with slits, so when they needed to go to the bathroom, they just squatted in the streets.
It was quite the experience I must say. I witnessed 2 children poop in the street and while on the bus, there was more than one hocking of loogies.
Then, I was going to sit in on one of Anna's classes, but both her afternoon classes were cancelled, so Friday was slightly unsuccessful.
We ate hot pot again, which was delicious, again. We also ate at a Muslim restaurant the night before and it was very delicious. Kebabs and noodles.
This little boy asked me to pick him up basically as soon as I walked in and clung to me the entire time I was there.
It was heartbreaking.
One thing that surprised me was how well taken care of the children were. They had a lot of volunteers, the workers were very loving and they all seemed very happy and comfortable, which was great to see.
The orphanage was called Swallows Nest and they had several buildings throughout the city.
Most of the children had some sort of special needs.
The little boy who I was holding had had open heart surgery. One boy had down syndrome. Another was born without ears.
The other children had no obvious problems, but their parents gave them up because they weren't healthy.
We took the kids to the park and walked around and played with them.
It made me want to adopt all the children. It was more difficult than I thought it would be, but at the same time, it was great to see how well they were taken care of and how happy they were.
The Temple is where kung-fu began...and I missed it! I saw the outside gates and a statue. But that was it.
It was pollution.