While I technically have met Tian’s parents before, it sort of doesn’t count. It was well over a year ago on my first visit to China with Tian in 2008. And while we stayed at their home in Xiaogan, the whole visit seems like a blur, and at the time, my Chinese was practically non-existent. Needless to say, we still have a lot to learn about each other!
For that reason it was really nice that Tian’s parents could come to Beijing from Xiaogan for an eight day visit over the October holiday. It presented a great opportunity to really get acquainted. It was easy to host them because they stayed in our second bedroom, and they even helped with a lot of the cooking. The best part of the week though was that we did not have too strenuous of a schedule! We did some sight seeing, but the highlights for me were simply relaxing, getting to know each other better, and having the extra help with Chinese.
Here are some pictures and highlights of their visit: