Ashley Cameron – Ashley’s in China – China 0

23 Jan 2008

So! We’re back in Beijing from Xi’an until next Monday when we leave for Shanghai. This is all part of a 3 credit pre semester course. Xi’an was AMAZING!! Except for the kids from Hong Kong who seemed to have missed the point of going abroad. You can’t bring M-street to China! Anyhow there was so much snow in Xi’an. Xi’an is the ancient capital of China. Our guide told us there was more snow than they have seen in 20 years. There was so much the government really didn’t know what to do with it. The first night there we went to a restaurant suggested by the tour guide. Our group decided to be daring and order Donkey Penis Soup yes Donkey Penis. I ate it. It was well and experience that Ill never repeat.

The first day we went to see the terracotta warriors. Honestly they are incredible. I can’t even explain the awe. They were constructed all by hand over two thousand years ago. The archaeologists spend months or even years putting individual soldiers back together. It was quite cold when we got there and it had to be close to 20 degrees in the hangar but it was incredible.

From there (it’s about an hour outside the city without snow) we went back to the city to see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. This is one of the most famous Buddhist Pagodas in China. There was a lion outside the gardens that could be my dads dog Tug.

The following day we saw the city wall. This is the last totally standing city wall in all of China. It’s pretty amazing too. From there we went to a farming village about an hour west of the city. The pictures and the people blew my mind. There is so much we still need to learn about China. The people there have lived there, most probably for generations. The little kids loved when we handed out pens, pencils, candy, hair clips, socks etc. We also saw a woman who paints “farming art.” Finally upon return to the city we went to see a pretty famous Mosque in the middle of Xi’an. The architecture is very Chinese Ming Dynasty but it is a mosque. The men were very friendly and taught us some Tai Chi but they would not touch us or shake our hands. We were not allowed to go into the praying area either.

 

The students from Beijing are AMAZING. We are having so much fun together. Although the Hong Kong kids are kind of a disappointment we all make up for it. We’re all willing to laugh at ourselves and we truly want to learn the culture. That’s it for now!!

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Comments for adcamero:you have 8 comments

Mom
I forgot to ask what mode of transportation are you using? Train or bus, or what?

23 Jan 2008
Mom
Ash, the photos are amazing. I feel like I have a one on one tour guide. Thanks for the update.
Love, Mom

23 Jan 2008
Sigrid Meier
I think I’ll pass on the soup!!!!!!!!!! Thank you very much. Great picures and story. I’ll tell Tug that you compared him to a Lion. He’ll be strutting like one. 🙂 I sure wish that I could be in China and share all your experiences there. Please keep sending pictures and stories, just love reading about it. Take care, Love ya. Sigrid

23 Jan 2008
sigrid
I guess My pos from yesterday did not make it. Well as I alwas say “you’ve got to be smarter then the machinery you are working with.” Where are you now? How long are you staying there? How long will you be traveling?Sigrid

20 Jan 2008
Patty
So I’m glad you made it safely and i now have a way of knowing everything you do. This is brillant. Do they have pictures on the McDonald’s menus because if they do then you can still figure everything out. Patty

20 Jan 2008
Mom
Hi honey,
We were really glad to get this from you. Hope all is going well.
Love, Mom

19 Jan 2008
Megan
funny little symbols? cute. and I also think its funny that you needed to buy a bike! haha yeaaa starbucks!

19 Jan 2008
Sigrid Meier
Hi AshleyGood to hear from you and see that you have a blog. That is going to be fun. I guess I’ll have to send you shopping list 🙂 !!!! You three look verrrrry cooold in that pictures!
Love
Sigrid

19 Jan 2008
18 Oct 2011 – start of travelblog

posted Wednesday January 2008