These last few days have been so eventful that I have been neglecting to put up another blog post! This trip to China is such an experience, I am seeing, doing and trying new things that I never thought I would before.
Two days ago we were still in Dalian. On this last day in Dalian we went to the Dalian port, we went to the Dalian beach and we also went to a really great dinner. Being at the Dalian port was amazing. The man that showed us around had so much knowledge of everything that had to do with the port, and also all the products that come in and out of the port. We also went up to the top of the highest building, which was the 28th floor, just to get a view of the whole port. The craziest thing about it was that we were able to see not just the port, but the surrounding area. The Dalian beach was my favorite part of the day though. Being at the beach there brought me a little bit closer to home. Being away from home this long is definitely a struggle, but when you go on adventures like this, and see almost what you see at home, makes you feel great. Doing that trip to the beach definitely boosted my energy level about the trip.
Yesterday was a GREAT day. Yesterday morning we got up at 5:30 AM to be at the airport by 6:30 for our 9 o’clock flight to Xi’an. The flight was a little bumpy because of all of the turbulence, but all in all it was a good two hour flight. Once we got here to Xi’an, we met our tour guide and then drive to the hotel. Once we were there, we had the ENTIRE day to ourselves (which means that almost all of us caught up on some sleep). But in the afternoon, me and two other people decided to walk around to see what Xi’an has to offer. To our surprise, Xi’an had so much to offer. There are three shopping malls within walking distance from our hotel, there are two historic sights, and also a HUGE market. So needless to say, we went to ALL of these spots.
Today we went to my most anticipated part of the trip, the Terracotta Warriors! This was my FAVORITE part of this entire trip so far! It just amazes me at not only how recent they were found, but how old these statues are. It was literally breathtaking to see all of these things in real life and not in a picture. I can not put into words how amazing it is. After seeing the Terracotta Warriors, we went to the Wild Goose Pagoda. The Wild Goose Pagoda is said to be home to Chinese Buddhism. While we were there we learned a whole lot about Buddhism, how it was started, how it came to China, and even Buddhism today. After walking through the pagoda area, we stopped in the art gallery of the pagoda where we learned about Chinese calligraphy and how to tell the difference between real art and fake, printed art. After the pagoda we then went to something called a Dumpling Banquet. This banquet served us with 13 different dumpling dishes and wide variety of appetizers as well.
I can’t believe that this trip is so close to being over! I have made so many great friends during this trip and I don’t want to leave them! But still have lots more to do!