Shi-Da class outing to Yingge

EMU train at Yingge StationOn a hot sunny Taipei morning our class from Shi-Da met at Taipei Station. From there we caught the train to Yingge (鶯歌). We joined a number of other classes so there were about forty students and five teachers. 

It was a great chance to meet some other students at Shi-Da. Most of the students were from Japan, Korea and various other countries. There was another blogger in the midst, but I was unaware of her presence. Mandarin was the lingua franca. I quite enjoy speaking to other foreigners in Mandarin. All the students on the excursion were in the more advanced classes. As most were not native English speakers then speaking Mandarin was quite a natural way to communicate. 

Pottery in a model kiln at the Yingge Ceramics Museum

We spent some time looking around the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum (臺北縣立鶯歌陶瓷博物館). I visited it last year and I think it is one of the best museums in Taiwan.  

Students doing pottery at Yingge Museum

Next we went to the basement of the museum to try our hands at doing some pottery.  

David's pottery at Yingge

This is a cup that I made and carved my Chinese name into. Some of the other students were a lot more creative than me.  

David and classmates in Yingge

The photo above shows me with my Korean and Japanese classmates. Our Czech classmate had to leave early so she is missing from the photo.  

Yingge Old Street after a shower of rain

After lunch we went to Yingge's Old Street to eat lunch and walk around. There was a big thundershower in the afternoon and we had to walk back to the train station in the downpour. We all got a bit wet, but it was still a fun day. 

One thought on “Shi-Da class outing to Yingge

  1. Cool. I agree with you that the ceramics museum is one of the best on the island. I’m not a huge fan of ceramics by any means, but I love that museum.

    Also, I forgot to get back to you on a meet-up near Shida. I got a pretty random schedule now that I’m gearing up to move back stateside in a couple weeks. What time do you have class during the day? I don’t always pass by Shida, but seems like the days I pass by Shida Rd outnumber those that I don’t…

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