The Wu Shan Ji is a white-feathered chicken with black skin, bones and meat. It is famous in China for it’s supposed nutritional value. It has even been to space! (At least some of the eggs went in a recent space flight. I think it was Shenzhou 5.) Anyway, I visited the “black chicken factory” on my Saturday trip to Tai He. Even though it was raining off and on, we took a walk in the surrounding country. It was quite peaceful and beautiful. We (the headmaster, my driver, a teacher-translator and I) also visited an island in the Gan Jiang River. It has an old village with a temple. There were about a dozen villagers seeking shelter from the rain and playing a couple of lively games of Mah Jhong in the temple. There is also a new village on the island. I would like to return when the weather is better. The river looked almost clean enough for swimming!