Field trip to Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace)
Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
70Trip End Jul 31, 2011
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What I did
We started off the day by meeting at the east gate of campus around 8AM. Only half of the students in class decided to take part as some students had already visited the park. 河海智，都银芝，余爱文，巴梅，铭绍，宋振华， 稀拉明，and myself took part in the field trip. We were joined by other students from B level and headed off towards the park in our BLCU travel coaches
We entered an exhibit which featured the twelve animals from the Chinese Zodiac. These twelve animals were used as part of a clock fountain where at a specific hour, the water would spout out from the statue's mouth. Since I was born the year of the rat, I lined up first for a photo next to the rat statue. The dragon and monkey statues were also very impressive and visually pleasing.
宋振华 wanted to ride some boats on Fuhai Lake in Yuanmingyuan, so we found the boat rental location and secured two paddle boats for eight of us. Once we got onto the boats, hilarity ensued. The first boat consisted of 河海智, 巴梅，铭绍，and 宋振华, the second boat consisted of myself(黄明德), 都银芝，余爱文 and 稀拉明. The 'ergonomic' design of the paddle boat meant foreigners would be too tall to fully utilize their leg strength, such as in the case of a bicycle being too short for a tall man. We caught up to the second boat then followed their lead to go underneath a stone bridge which turned out to be a bad idea.
With the wind's assistance, we made haste and caught up with them but they instructed us to turn around as it was a dead end
After the boat rides, we walked on over to an area which contained a lot of the ruins. We encountered a maze like structure with a European styled pavilion in the middle. I was the only one to take part in the maze challenge and found it quite fun and amusing. Other visitors of the park found it frustrating and ended up climbing over the short walls and cheated their way to the center.
Wrapping up our trip, we visited the remains of the Old Summer Palace which was burned down by foreign armies in the 1860s
Bonus photos: The Box Bar, a Canadian themed bar near Gulou. We had burgers, poutine, and buffalo wings!