Wuhan is the capitol city of Hubei Province, and at ~ 10 million people it is the largest city in central China. One of our most memorable meals (and they seem like they’ve all been big!) was a restaurant next door to the Taoist temple, known for its great variety of tofu (looks and tastes like chicken or beef, has similar textures, but is tofu!). We visited the famed Wuhan museum that has many cultural artifacts excavated from nearby areas, showing how this area was major center of civilization in China for millennia. We listened to a small concert on reproduction bells and instruments copied from those past dynasties.
I gave two lectures at the China University of Geosciences, a campus that has over 20,000 students in geoscience-related disciplines. The campus was impressive, especially with its outdoor rock displays.
With my Chinese descent and a name like Chan, I often disappoint folks with my inability to speak Chinese (especially if they’re trying to get me to buy something). But it has been interesting to finally get to visit China, home of my family roots.