Day 7: Death, Death Everywhere

Death, death everywhere...


Today, we had a little practice hike! What is known in Microcampus terms as the 'Temple Mosque Hike'. From the emerald painted mosque, we traipsed through the meandering, sloped road, the heat and dryness evident in the stickiness of our sweat. Why death then, Ryane? Excellent question! The path we took was littered with graves, almost as if an unofficial cemetery! We noticed quite early on that most of the gravestones faced east (directly behind us in the direction of Lake Erhai, as we walked westward up the mountain), however one woman's (obvious because of the title on her tombstone, '母亲' or mother) faced north. Together as a group, we gathered that she was a Muslim as her surname was the common Hui minority lastname 马, as in Muhammad, and that she was buried in this fashion to face Mecca, the holiest city of Islam.

The hike was testing, no doubt, my aching thighs can attest to that. But I am both proud and relieved that I completed it without complaint and whining, and I feel stronger than ever before. Furthermore, I know I would never have made it without the help of fellow Groundbreakers and the groups two hiking guardian angels, Travis and Matthew.

Cannot wait until the next hike! 


My name is Ryane and I am a fourteen year old student in SAS Puxi. My interest in Microcampus stemmed from a desire to participate in something outside of my sheltered metropolitan lifestyle where everything is done for me and I am painfully inexperienced. I have lived in Shanghai for eight years now but was born in Taipei, Taiwan to an English speaking family of six cousins and numerous relatives. I have left Xizhou and missing it most painfully, however, I am happy and excited for all future Microcampers and the amazing experience they will experience. Be good to T and Ms. Mai!