University Singers, China 2016 - Day 3 (May 21, 2016)
Yesterday (Saturday) was a very packed day of touring, sight-seeing, and travel. We started the day in Qufu and continued our tour of the three Confucius sites (we saw the cemetery on Friday). We first visited the Kong family mansion and saw a short demonstration of Chinese opera. Then we made our way to the Confucian temple, which is the largest and most renowned in the world. After the tours were over we walked through a local market on our way to lunch.
Almost everywhere we go it seems like we are celebrities! Many of the Chinese people are not used to seeing foreigners, and they will often stare, take pictures of us, and ask where we are from. Lunch was served in the typical family style fashion at a local hotel in Qufu. So far we have had every meal paid for by our hosts! After we ate we loaded the bus and drove to the Jinan airport and then flew from Jinan to Chongqing. The city of Chongqing is the largest city that we have visited by far. The population is over 30 million. We met Gary Dou, the Mizzou Asian Affairs faculty member who helped plan our trip, and drove about 45 minutes from the airport to our hotel. The drive gave us a good chance to see the lights of the city at night. After checking in to the hotel Mr. Dou took us to a Night Market several streets away. We were able to try street food and had a chance to interact with some of the Chongqing locals.