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Trips like this one to China can do one of two things to a group of students; it can build on previous friendships making them stronger through a common experience; and it can create new friendships that were not a part of previous day to day relationships. The staff on this trip have observed our young men being thoughtful, considerate and genuine in their relationships with each other. Don't miss understand ...
The next day we went our separate ways. Madelleine and Laura wanted to get closer to Beijing, so they went to Baoding, a bland city (I think) because I had no information about it. So, I went to Yujiacun, a small village entirely constructed of stones, for real. There was even a wonky one built by a guy that wanted to see Beijing from there. Today, Beijing is two hours away by express train. ...
... corn, and we headed out. The city itself was a little disappointing, because it's just a suburb of Shijiazhuang. Once we got to the temples though, it was peaceful and relaxing. There were five in the guidebook and we saw all of them, even though one was closed by the time we got there.
Longxing temple was the most famous, so we went there first. On a Friday, it's less busy than I'm used to, so I soaked up the peaceful uncrowdedness of the day.
... and realized my housing is probably also communist housing, on campus at a university established in the early 20th century. Right?
Liu was new in town so he didn't know really where we should eat. We stopped at the first dumpling shop, ordered 40 vegetarian ones and talked about life and stuff, as you do... We went back, took showers and went to bed. I was grateful for my bed but I think Madelleine and Laura were alright on the floor, I hope.
NOTE: This entry will span two days.
Day 10: Beijing to Shijiazhuang to Beijing
There is a very interesting place called Cangyan Mountain in Hebei Province. Hebei is a province that has in its centre, the city of Beijing. The trip to Cangyan took a few transfers. The first was the impressive platypus-nosed bullet train that comfortably sucks you across the province at warp speed and in smooth comfort. After coming ...