Day 9: BaBa Festival

On Tuesday, there was an intrduction to an event that would happen this afternoon. This event was called the Xizhou BaBa festival, the inaugural one, to be preceise. It's purpose is to spread awareness of this Xizhou, Yunnan specialty to places where this food is not avalible. Created by intern students living in Xizhou, they invited dancers, musicians, baba specialists who have made baba their entire life, the villagers, and us- the Microcampus Fearless Group. After getting a ticket for completing our Wellness reflection (a highfive from Ms. Mai), we headed out to Sifangjie. Even before arriving at the square, we could hear the sound of dancers and crowds, and could definitely smell the BaBa being made. With ingredients such as M&Ms, apples, bananas, rose jam, and cinnamon, we immediately set to work creating our own, original BaBa flavours. Sadly, they didn't come out as planned, and I'm quite sure everyone has had their fair share of BaBa for a week at least. WIth an inpromptu Macarena dance, I'm sure everyone had a great time spending today relaxing from the hikes and bike rides.


Is BaBa the famous 喜洲粑粑?

It sounds like this is the right time visiting Xizhou during the Chinese New Year period when there were tons of festivals and holiday celebrations follow the tradition so you could learn and enjoy the countryside more. Wonder which flavor the 喜洲粑粑 you've been making, I guess it's apple&cinnamon, am I right :-)

Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.