I am back from an amazing two weeks in mainland China. I spent a few days in Xian, almost a full week in Beijing, and five days in Shanghai. Arriving in Hong Kong was a huge culture shock, but nothing compared to mainland China. After spending two weeks in China, suddenly coming back to Hong Kong and finding my way around didn't seem so hard.
It is difficult to describe all of my two weeks in a single blog post, so the best way for me to describe my trip will be highlighting a few aspects of each place I visited.
1) Visiting the Terra cotta warriors
-over 8,000 life size warriors were destroyed during the farmer's uprising, many of which have been pieced back together, while others still remain in thousands of pieces.
2) Riding a tandem bike on top of the city wall surrounding Xian
3) Exploring the village of Huxian
- an hour outside of the city wall, this small village is home to 1,000 local people who make noodles from winter wheat
1) Wandering through the Forbidden City and seeing traditional Chinese architecture
2) THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA.
3) Visiting the Birdsnest and water cube at the Olympic village in Beijing.
4) Participating in a tea ceremony where we tried a number of different teas.
5) Sharing a meal prepared by a local Chinese family in their home.
Highlights from Shanghai:
1) Visiting a river town outside of the city where some students enjoyed trying the stinky tofu.
2) Learning about the financial district and the new construction within the city.
3) Exploring the city at night, allowing me to see the interesting buildings and city skyline.