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A Day with the Ellis Family at Nanjing Memorial

A Day with the Ellis Family at Nanjing Memorial

16.10.2016

Dear Mariel, Jade, Tommy, Alex (and now, Arabella) were once our neighbours in Regina.  They now live in Shanghai and we were so happy to meet up for the day!  

We met up at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall.  An important stop when visiting this city.  It documented well the period in WWII when the Japanese invaded China, specifically Nanjing as it was the capital at that time.  It was moving and stimulating. Some say, too big and redundant in mentioning the 300,000 victims.  For our families, we appreciated the space and the kids received much from the visuals.  It would have been more informative if it went beyond Nanjing's victims onto the larger view of war and it's effects from multiple sides.

 A collection of powerful sculptures by Wu Weishan.

A collection of powerful sculptures by Wu Weishan.

 There was an entire hallway dedicated to exhibiting works commemorating the massacre.

There was an entire hallway dedicated to exhibiting works commemorating the massacre.

 300000 handwritten  人 (person).  The number of victims recorded during the 6 week brutality.

300000 handwritten 人 (person).  The number of victims recorded during the 6 week brutality.

 Since we went through the Hall fairly quickly the first visit, we returned to the museum a second time just to spend more time reading and going through the different rooms.

Since we went through the Hall fairly quickly the first visit, we returned to the museum a second time just to spend more time reading and going through the different rooms.

We ended our day together with a meal at a restaurant we randomly chose.  Well, I think Mariel has good instinct about these things!  It turns out to be a 'Yunnan' style Hot Pot restaurant.  For the stock, they threw in an entire fish.  (Dad, you would've loved it).  

[Video] Emma captured a short clip of when steam filled the entire room and we could hardly see each other!

Huizhou, Anhui  I

Huizhou, Anhui I

Happy Birthday Emma!

Happy Birthday Emma!