Thursday, May 29, 2008
Dave and I just returned from a packed 9 day trip to Southwest China with the 33 9th graders at TIS. We packed more into those 9 days in travel, sightseeing, little sleep, trains, planes and busses than I have done in a long long while.
We began in Kunming, visiting a local minority village one day and helping with a orphanage construction project the next, and finally, I put together a silly scavenger hunt around the city and we spent 7 hours seeing and doing more in the city than most kids have done in years of living in China!
Then, we took a night train to Dali and then a bus to Lijiang where we lived with a local family in a village and had a taste of village life... Then another bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge which is gorge-ous and hiked a few days through the wilderness, staying at hostels along the way. We finally ended up in the old city of Lijiang which is really cool, full of reconstructed shops, canals, cafes' and quaint corners everywhere with mountains in the background. I thought during out entire trip among the amazing views, fresh air, blue sky clouds, small towns and really good food that I could see myself staying there a lot longer. If you ever come to China... visit Yunnan!!