My first day in Tianjin…..lots of pics!

Alright y’all, here’s pics from my first day in Tianjin! My ankle is doing pretty good – I have no idea what is in the herbal smelling patches they gave me, but it feels pretty good! The patches, motrin and an ace bandage made it pretty tolerable. Kimberly and I even managed to walk back (not really that far…) from dinner and shop at the street markets. Yes – in the evening, people just put out stuff on the street and sell it. The items greatly vary….some is the exact same stuff you would buy at the stores…some is random stuff. Very interesting!

Ok, I’m just going to start right in with the pics – this is just stuff that I found interesting today…


First up – we went to McDonalds to hang out for a bit because we were early for Fellowship. And this is one item they have on the menu – a cup of corn! Kimberly honestly didn’t remember if they had that in the US. Nope! Although Andy would be thrilled if they did!


This is the huge dome they built for the Olympics this summer. I believe it will have soccer games held in it. I think it is maybe 1.5 miles from Kimberly’s apartment.


So at E-mart today…..E-Mart is a Korean owned grocery store/mall. It is 3 stories and the escalators are ramp-like and your cart will magnetize to it. Pretty cool! Anyway, today we saw this toothpaste. Do you see what is on the packaging? YES! Those are cigarettes. We aren’t sure if it is cigarette flavored toothpaste or somehow supposed to clean your teeth of cigarettes…..but does it matter? I don’t see that selling in the US….and fyi – it’s just over $1 a tube.


So…..this is 85 proof grain alcohol sealed in a *sack*. For .28 cents U.S………need I say more?


Here are the four of us (Keith drove and is taking the picture) in their MV (motorized bike cart). We rode around this way yesterday.


This is the girls and I at Hot Pot – a Mongolian style restaurant Chinese restaurant. They have a bowl in the middle, divided 3 ways. There are 3 kinds of broth based soups – one spicey, one not spicey and one mushroom based. (You can get others, that’s just what we ordered.) Then you order meats, veggies, etc to put in the soups. They heat it to a boil and then you drop your stuff in. After it is cooked, you fish it out with your chopsticks. It was really good!


I am quite proud that I managed to eat with chopsticks, and fill the girls plates. And this was my first time using them too!

Alright – that’s all for today! We are visiting Libby’s class today and then going shopping with Kimberly’s Chinese teacher.

20 comments to My first day in Tianjin…..lots of pics!

  • Jean

    A cup of corn and a sack of alcohol………interesting. Looks like you are fitting right in. Awesome job with the chopsticks. Cannot wait to see more pictures. Enjoy the day.


  • Awesome pics and what an experience you’re having. Have fun and can’t wait for more pics!

  • Peggy Maier

    Thanks for all the pics – really interesting culture. Loved the cup of corn at McD’s!!

  • I can see the girls are thrilled to have you there.

  • Cindi Ann

    A cup of corn…who’d have expected that? I LOVE those pictures, Emily. And I love how youre photographing EVERYTHING. It helps me get a real feel for what it’s like there. What’s the time difference, anyway?

  • sharon

    Emily…first I just want to tell you I’m delighted you are able to be out and about with Kim and the girls. Thanks so much for posting those terrific pictures. A cup of corn??? I’ve never seen that here! Libby and Katie look so happy that you’re there…those expressions are priceless.

    I’m glad to know the herbal pain patches plus the usual traditional treatments are helping your ankle. So sorry that happened…glad to see you are managing pretty well though.

    Enjoy your time…I know these are memories you’ll treasure forever.

  • Looks like you are having a great time, well aside from the bum ankle! Glad that’s feeling better though! Love the photos! I’ve never seen a cup or corn at MD’s either!

  • Hi Emily!!! I’m glad you made it there safely! I love the pics you posted today. Corn at McDonald’s? Interesting! I hope your ankle heals quickly and that you have a wonderful, wonderful visit!

  • Looks like fun! Glad you’re doing OK:)

  • Keep ’em coming! I’m loving living vicariously through you!!! Enjoy this time and take notes to tell us all about it in Arlington! Hugs to you and Mama K.!

  • Pam

    Such fun photos! I’m glad you are feeling good, so sorry about the ankle! That soup think reminds me of the Melting Pot’s around here but maybe less fattening! 😉 Enjoy your day!

  • Thanks for my China lesson. Looking forward to tomorrows lesson

  • Carol

    Emily, it’s so good to hear your ankle is doing better and see all these fabulous pictures of your trip! It’s always interesting to see how the rest of the world lives, and I’m enjoying all the deets. Good job on the chopsticks! Enjoy your visit and keep those fabulous reports coming! TFS

  • Kate Hart-Sampson

    Great pictures, Emily. Are there stamping stores where you are?

  • So glad you arrived safe and sound….well, not broken anyway.
    Have fun in China with Kimberly and family!

  • Michelle

    Excellent photos! Glad your ankle is doing alright. Can’t wait for more stories and pictures. (and nice job w/ the chopsticks)

  • Shauna

    Looks like you’re having a wonderful time Emily!! Thanks for sharing your pics and can’t wait to see more!

  • Tina Suzan


    Looks like you are having FUN!!!! Thanks for being so generous and sharing your pics with all of us. O.K. keep it goiing!!

  • Patty


    Libby and Katie look SOOOO HAPPY to be with you.
    Thanks for sharing pictures.
    Have a great week!!!!

  • Maureen


    I am so happy and excited for you. I know your sister and her family are thrilled to have you visiting. I appreciate you sharing this experience. I love the pictures. Everyone looks so happy. Have a fabulous week!

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