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... detail of each figure was wonderful. At this venue we also joined other tour groups for a lovely buffet lunch.
After lunch we drove further toward the mountains to where the archaeological site of the terracotta warriors is found. Standing silent guard over their emperor for more than 2,000 years, the terracotta warriors are one of the most extraordinary archaeological discoveries ever made. The subterranean life- sized army of thousands line ...
... the turf. In the second part of the class some people went to visit a Chinese English class, and the rest of us stayed outside for our Tae Kwon Do lesson. Today we recapped how to properly do a roundhouse kick, then moved on to punching. Unlike physical education in America, I actually enjoy class here. Starting our day in an energetic manner is really fun.
Today we also visited more Chinese English classes. I sat in on three classes today. One ...
... found ourselves at the boating lake and had a lovely chrysanthemum tea there watching the boaters. Lovely swim in nice Sofitel pool, bizarrely cool at 23C, but notices explained that this was because the district hot water scheme was undergoing annual maintenance. (Notices in our room explained that our hot water would be dangerously hot for the same reason! ) Anyway, lovely long cool swim on our own as apparently the Chinese insist on 28oC. Explored the block around the ...
... drive over here. Our tour guide (who called herself Lady Ga Ga but pronounced Lady Ja Ja) was hilarious. She seemed to pick on me a lot for questions relating to the information she had given. I found it hard to understand her, so rarely knew the answer. Fortunately, there was a friendly American named Ted to my left and a friendly Oxfordian named Kate to my right that whispered the answers to me. At one point she grabbed my hand and asked me to open my palm. ...
... for everything and they insisted, even though we tried.
"Fine," I said, "You can pay. But when you come to America we get to spoil you."
"Okay," they laughed.
Saying goodbye to Hardy and Amber was hard for me. But I know I will see them again so that made me happy.
Then later came the goodbyes with our host families...
available in Part 2 aka the next blog