Day 5: The Bike Ride

Today Mr. Tafel took the guys and me (plus Ivy) on a two hour long bike ride that took us all the way to lake Erhai. Our first stop was at the Bamu temple, a Benzhu temple just off the shore of lake Erhai. The temple was chock full of depictions of deities from Buddhism, Taoism, Daoism, and even some local deities that are unique to just that temple. These were all brought to life in hand-made statues, paintings, and wood carvings. It was fascinating to see all of these different religions just sort of mixed and mashed together to form a one of a kind blend of religions. Once we left the temple, we headed over to the tongue of lake Erhai, where Mr. Tafel met an old man named Mr. Zhang who was Hui Muslim. Mr. Tafel helped translate for me as I talked Mr. Zhang and asked him questions about his religion. We talked for around 10-15 minutes or so and he gave us the location of two nearby mosques: Wuliqiao and Kelizhuang. Now that I where two mosques are, I am really looking forward to paying a visit to both of them and learning something new.


That is really interesting.

It sounds like you are learning so much, Lucas, How does it feel to be out there and meeting people with different cultural views and experiences and relating it to your own?

I am so proud of you and really enjoy reading about what y'all are doing daily at the MicroCampus!



Hi Lucas. I am so glad that your bike ride trip was fun and was related to your inquiry project.
I am very interested in your project. I really wonder if there are differences of practices of Islam between China and Gulf region. Discover any findings such as five pillars of Islam (how people fast during the month of Ramadan etc) and please share them with me.
Looking forward to hearing about your journey!

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Hi Mr. Fumi! Thanks for taking interest in my inquiry topic. I have already found some differences in the way people practice Islam here. For example: on Fridays, after the Ahong (Imam) gives the sermon, everyone in the mosque begins to discuss what it meant, and it becomes a sort of debate. I'm looking forward to finding out more about the Hui Muslims here, and today I am going to a different mosque called Wu Li Qiao with Mr. Tafel and Alisa. I'll make sure to keep you updated on any new information I find and keep reading my blog posts to find out more.

I'm 15 years old and I am really happy that I went to Xizhou. I was born in Mexico, and have lived in three other countries since then, including Shanghai. I chose to study the diverse religions here and I hoped to gain new understanding on my own faith, and what makes spirituality such an important part of people's lives. I looked forward to fumbling my way through conversations in Chinese and learning as much as I can over the weeks I was at Microcampus.