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Cassandra's picture

Well I guessed right! We ate at Mr. Yang's restaurant today again! It was delicious once again. Tomorrow we are going to Dali which is a big city compared to our little town of XiZhou so here we go to hit the town... but I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s start with what happened today. My most memorable moment of the day was my talk with a man who’s name may also have been Mr. Yang. Why, you may ask, do I remember this conversation out of all of the other conversations and people I have met today?

Ashley's picture

Today was another hiking day, but today we didn't hike for as long. We had the decision of going back to Xizhou or climbing to Xia Hua Dian Ba. We only hiked for about three hours and Xiao Hua Dian Ba is the peak of the mountain. The terrain was at a high incline, so it was difficult as well. I listened to some music while hiking, to distract me from the soreness when we hiked. We stopped by a flat area for lunch and ate bread with peanut butter! My favorite part of today was when we got to the top part of Xiao Hua Dian Ba (where the peak is) and we got to climb to the peak.

Peyton's picture

Today was a day of relaxation and fun. In the morning, we woke up at 9:00, then we did some work, and after lunch we went to Dali OldTown.

Dali OldTown is super fun. When we arrived, we separated into smaller groups and headed off. Alex, Nike, Cass, and I were together, and we decided to go to The Sweet Tooth. The Sweet Tooth is an amazing dessert/coffee shop with the best cakes I have ever tasted (which means they are indeed very good).

Nike's picture

After our amusing time in Dali yesterday, Tuesday was a good work day for all of us. After breakfast, SAS essentials, and lunch, Cass, Alex and I headed out with Amy, a worker at the Linden Center. On the road to Si Fan Jie, there are always several tables of Mah Jong playing elders. We all asked them questions regarding our project, and also picked up some Mah Jong skills. Then, at a clothing shop, we saw a lady knitting colorful cloth baby shoes.

Mark's picture

Having just arrived back in XiZhou from our big hike, everyone was completely exhausted. Despite being Monday, we were allowed to sleep in unti 9:00. This is yet another great thing about Microcampus. The schedule is flexible and can be easily changed according to our needs. We surely don't get that freedom at SAS. That is probably one thing I'll miss very much when I get back to Shanghai. Today is more of our relax and rest day, so nothing much has been scheduled, except a visit to Dali Old Town.

Yi Fei's picture

During WIPPI time (wellness, inquiry project, pitching in) something finally occured to be about my inquiry project. After being told over and over again that it would take a long long time to finally be able to identify the reals and the fakes in the antique industry, today at around 2:05 I finally decided to accept that. This does not mean that I'm going to just give up on my topic, it's just that I may have to change to focus of my topic. Therefore today I talked to T.

 
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Ashley's picture

Hey guys! Today was a nice "regular" day. We had our daily meeting, WIPPI time, and our five o' clock touch base. Today, during WIPPI time, Peyton and I went on a walk to the market, so we could work on our science project (focused on the ecosystem in Xizhou). Peyton asked many medicine shops for people who studied traditional medicine nearby (her inquiry project topic is traditional medicine). She found the person that she was looking for, since a few weeks ago. The doctor's name was Mr. Zhao and Peyton got his phone number, so she was pretty happy.

Jason's picture

Today was a day filled with rest and relaxation.  We caught up on work missed during our hike up to Ba Nian Ba and also slept in.  

In the afternoon, the group visited Dali Old Town, a former, age old capital city converted into a tourist attraction.  The streets were converted into pedestrian streets and the old houses were converted into many different shops, restaurants and other retail places.  Ethan and I also found a basketball court in a back alley and played for a few hours.  The court was extremely slippery concrete and we were sliding everywhere.  

Nick's picture

I think today can be known as the day that I, Nick J., has officially started to break down from everything in life. The simplest stress things such as I don't know how to solve a math problem started to come up that I could not solve. I just felt like the world was going to end. If you have any advice, please say so. 

Mark's picture

This is the second day of our long hike up at Huadianba. According to my watch's altimeter, our altitude was about 9,500 feet about sea level. I enjoyed my morning at 9,500 feet. The sky was quite clear, and the sun was really bright. From our position at the logging camp, there were mountains on both the south east and north east side of us. Between the mountains was this flat plain that stretched up until the horizon. 

Mark's picture

So today is the day we have all been waiting for. A couple of days before, we were presented with the option to take a 6 hour hike up and camp in Huadianba, one of the very beautiful places up here in Yunnan. It was either that, or we can take a short hike to the tea plantations and camp out there. We chose to go on the 6 hour hike, knowing it would be rewarding. Except it turned out to be an 8 hour hike through sun, wind, rain, and hail. Literally.

Armin's picture

This mornings breakfast was amazing, everyone got to have at least 2 plates of bacon and eggs, one of the best parts of this trip. All so excited to finally start our 3 day hike, first we took a bus to reach the foot of the mountain once we got there we saw our mules which was very exciting because we all felt like true hikers. A few short hours later we managed to get to the top which was about 2500 meters above sea level.

Yi Fei's picture

The Linden Center is an amazing unique hotel kind of venue, very different from all those four start/ five star hotels. Today we revisted the terrace of the place for what is known as terrace time. I feel that this is really something that we should all do more often. The idea of terrace time is to do nothing, something that we definetly do not do enough of, this concept allows one to finally be able to relax and reflect on everything one has done.

Yi Fei's picture

Today, with our chaperones we explored the village of Xizhou, we had our first meal on our own away from the campus itself, we farmiliarlized ourselves with our surroundings, and started to get more comfortable with talking with the local "strangers". There are major differences between Shanghai and Xizhou, here there are no tall buildings at all, the sky is clear, and the buildings are old. Thoughout the first day I've also noticed that the people in Xizhou are very different.

Cassandra's picture

Wow! If I thought yesterday was special today has no words to describe it. This morning we couldn’t decide whether or not we would go on another hike up the valley’s rim, or just go back to XiZhou. I wanted to go on the hike and I tried to convince everyone else to feel the same way. I the reason I was so passionate about going was because we went on a three day hike for the adventure so why should we cut it short because we don’t want to go on one more adventure? Anyway, we ended up going on the hike up so we will be going home tomorrow as originally planed.

Cassandra's picture

After the excitement that took place this weekend, we had a day to just take a breath. That was really needed so I slept in and ate a relaxed breakfast. After a restful day, we all went to the city! We went to a place called Dali to satisfy our cravings for a burger and wow, was it satisfied. The place we went to had one of the best chicken burgers I have ever had! They had some interesting comments on their bathroom walls to keep their guests entertained which was... exciting (?) 

 

Ethan's picture

Our first day back from the hike, we took an evening trip to Dali Old Town. There, Jason and I played some basketball, and it was one of the most refreshing feelings I had ever gotten before. Although basketball sounds like an ordinary, everyday thing, the opportunity to play there was great since both Jason and I had only played once in the past 2 weeks. Both of us were really off and needed a whlie to get back into rhythm, but the feeling of hitting the court was fantastic.

Nike's picture

Today was a day of relaxation and recovering from out exciting weekend. We all woke up at around nine and then had a nice breakfast. Then it was time to catch up on the work that we had not been able to do while we were away (journals, SAS essentials, laundry, etc), and for our group it also meant cleaning our room which looked like a bomb had a exploded...At 3:15, it was time to go to Dali! I was so happy that we were going to Dali because I liked it so much last time.

Ashley's picture

Hello guys! This morning, Vicky and I woke up pretty early and we both didn't sleep very well. I think that I might have been sleeping on a rock and it was also pretty cold at night. In the morning, we put away our sleeping bag and our tents, and I learned a new technique (from Mr. T) that helps a single person put away their own sleeping bag. As Vicky and I put away our tent, we saw frost and a little bit of snow stuck onto the hood. Once we finished putting away our tent, we moved to an area where the sun was rising.

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