Meet The Parents

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:

We took a walking tour of Tsinghua University campus, a must-see attraction for Chinese tourists, and we took this group shot at the iconic Old Gate.

We took a walking tour of Tsinghua University campus, a must-see attraction for Chinese tourists, and we took this group shot at the iconic Old Gate.

We rode the subway and took a tiny taxi to visit Tian's father's sister and her family.  These provided good opportunities for me to practice my transportation vocabulary.

We rode the subway and took a tiny taxi to visit Tian's father's sister and her family. These provided good opportunities for me to practice my transportation vocabulary.

We had a delicious dinner with his sister's family.  From left to center is Tian's cousin, his girlfriend, Tian's aunt, and Tian's uncle.

We had a delicious dinner with Tian's relatives. From left to center is Tian's cousin, his girlfriend, Tian's aunt, and Tian's uncle.

We tried out an Anderson family party game in Chinese.

We tried out an Anderson family party game in Chinese.

Tian's parents have a sense of humor and enjoy being random from time to time.

Tian's parents have a sense of humor and enjoy being random from time to time.

Fun with street art on a walk on Qianmen Street near Tiananmen Square.

Tian's mom has fun with street art on a walk on Qianmen Street near Tiananmen Square.

Saying goodbye at the bus stop.  Tian will see her parents again over Thanksgiving.

Saying goodbye at the bus stop. Tian will see her parents again over her Thanksgiving break (I don't get one, sadly).

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