Miss Chinese New York 2013 – Part 15

July 8th

After 18 hours of being on set filming and cheering, we were rewarded with a relaxing day to play tourist, almost. Theme for the day, tea. Tea is the beverage I grew up drinking. Winter or summer, my grandmother always had a pot of tea brewed and ready to be consumed. It was chrysanthemum with rock sugar in the summer and green tea in the winter. Anyway, I digress. The day was unbearably hot, possibly the hottest day since we arrived in China. half of us were “randomly selected” to wear a traditional Chinese gown from the Song dynasty.

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Not going to lie, I felt like a mini-celebrity with all the camera and “red carpet”. Did I mention it was a really hot day? I was sweating profusely into my gown and the material nothing but make the gown stuck to every exposed part of my skin. I could feel the sweat pooling and dripping, it was definitely a challenge not to fidget in the least.

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And look at this HUGE banner they made for us. It says 2013 Miss Chinese NY, Journey to the Roots of China, sponsored by…

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Of course we did our dance performance again. The stage was tiny though. We could barely move around, but we made it work. On the same stage, we received a tutorial on how to use a long-spout-kettle to pour tea, or in our case, water. I must say, I imagined myself being more graceful than what the pictures depict.

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But the tea landed in the tea cup nevertheless… Thank goodness our next stop was lunch because I didn’t realize how starved I was until I took that first bite of food. It felt like I hadn’t eaten in months, rather than the 24 hours the day before.

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Belly full of yummy food and slightly buzzed from the wine, we hopped on the bus once again and headed toward tea village. After a quick tour of the establishment, we settled down for an afternoon tea demo.

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The next stop was very exciting; it was the same bamboo forest where a scene from House of the Flying Daggers was filmed.

So we had to take a picture in front of the 十面埋伏 sign.

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As well as the boulder engraved with the title…

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And another in true martial arts style!

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My battle was with mosquitoes as we toured the forest and I almost won.

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The actual name of the forest was called 竹海灯勇, read from right to left.

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In true pageant spirit, we walked away from the bamboo forest and bid our farewells.