By: Eric Dexheimer, `14
This morning I woke up after the best sleep I had on this trip. We were on the train from Suzhou to X’ian. The train arrived at 9:30 and we exited the extremely crowded station. Next, we headed to the hotel through the hot city. After eating lunch we went to the X’ian City Wall, the most preserved ancient wall in China. Due to the heat, we balanced walking around with resting in a cool shady spot. At night, we went to he northern section of X’ian to see Ms. Zhang’s family. They were very nice hosts and took us out to dinner. During the day we discussed our experiences of the trip so far. We talked about a range of topics such as the competitive nature of Suzhou High School, China’s rapid economic development, and the environmental challenges Suzhou residents are facing. Also, we talked about how foreigners are generally welcomed, as we have had almost no problems on the trip.
By: Chris Kondracki, `14
Today our room woke up late so we had to take quick showers and get to breakfast. Luckily we made it in time and we did not hold up the group. After breakfast we were off to see the terracotta warriors. Although it was my second time there, it was interesting to see the new excavations and how the government is not nearly finished uncovering these works of art.
Later on we continued to some famous hot springs where we got to see how the Mainland Chinese people viewed the nationalist party member Chiang Kai Shek. At the hot springs we saw where Chiang Kai Shek stayed. His own generals there captured him during the X’ian incident so he could help the communists fight the invading Japanese. Once we finished that, we headed back to the hotel for a little rest due to the deadly heat.
We went to the largest mosque in China. We then proceeded to eat one of the better dinners, hot pot which reminded me of home. After dinner we went back to the hotel to get a good night sleep for our next adventure, an early flight to Beijing tomorrow.