This is cross-posted to this forum. I have returned from a year of teaching English in the Northeast of Mainland China (But they call it the East-North! (东北) I don't have one place where I have written about my time in China, but I do have a link to many pictures from there. Two in particular might be of interest to some here. My best of China series: www.flickr.com/photos/asterisktom/sets/72157629254045523/ and my Teaching in China set: www.flickr.com/photos/asterisktom/sets/72157629254045523/ Unfortunately, Flickr has revamped their interface where it is much harder to find what I want there. Also I have this Youtube video where my college students gave me a very touching and heartfelt gift - a song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1UYB6M17lU This is one of the classes where I have had the opportunity of letting it be known I was a Christian. In fact I have had a number of witnessing opportunities. Some Chinese are quite open to the Gospel. A lot of them, however, are so dazzled by the still-new pageant of gadgetry, entertainment and relative prosperity that they don't feel the need for the Bible message. Hank wrote: When my wife bought dog for food I was prepared to not eat any. Then I said I would just try it. But, surprisingly, it was very good. It was like tender beef. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat dog, but I no longer have the aversion - just a cultural thing, after all. Cows also have cute brown eyes. You see that a lot there. And also a lot of hem are misspelled. One girl had a shirt with ICKY MOUSE on the front. This was in my apartment, but yes, we did carry our Bibles to church. We went to an English-preaching Baptist church. It had a mix of roughly half Westerners (Americans/Canadians/Aussies/Brits) and half Chinese. Also a few Africans, Indians, etc. The pastor was Chinese, but (unfortunately, IMO) schooled in the Hyles-Anderson KJV-only tradition. I am not sure which picture you are referencing. I have pics of both Buddhas and Confucius. Probably some others too. BTW, I have already signed a contract for another stint in China, this time in Dalian. This is also in the Dongbei, the North-East. But it is a port city. More connected to other cities than Jilin was. I start teaching at the Dalian University of Finance and Economics in either the end of August or early September.