First, if you eat one of these....
Welcome to hell. I researched these, and they're called "Sichuan peppercorns," a necessary ingredient for any sichuan style food. Basically, any time you go to a market and get a rice dish, expect to find these in your food. The amount you see in this photo is the amount that an average rice dish with sichuan style food will have in it. The flavor these little things add is pretty unique...It's like a spicy, tingly, borderline numbing flavor. The first month here, I'd eat one of these during every meal by accident. Once you eat one, you immediately know it, and there's nothing you can do to change what'll happen next. You sense a "numbing hotness" from the spot where you made contact with the peppercorn, and the sensation slowly invades the rest of your mouth. The pain stays with you for hours. I've been told that in ancient China, they used to use these peppercorns whenever doctors were performing oral surgery. I usually cure my frustrations with....
YOU ZI! I'm still obsessed with these.
That last picture makes me want to get up and buy one immediately.
And here are some more pictures of my university:
When the snow starts sticking, I'll take more photos. The first snow was only a few days ago.
I walk by this alley every day. One of my favorite views!
It's hard to tell...but these bushes are really beautiful. They're trimmed to about shin-high.
When I first saw this walkway from afar, I was convinced that someone was walking on water. In fact, they were walking on this thing.
Wuda's famous old library. Insanely beautiful.
The girl's dormitories, right in front of the old library. Mind-blowingly gorgeous.
Street level view of the girl's dorms. I won't use another combination of hyperbole and a synonym for beautiful, but you get the idea.