Photos by Nathanael Cheng (Hillsdale College) Student Correspondent CET Beijing, Summer 2017
I clutched the railing as I ascended the spiral staircase, refusing to look down at the ground several hundred feet below. Wrapped around a single pillar bolted to the mountainside, the seemingly endless staircase sticks out among the sheer cliffs mottled with sediment and shrubbery.
CET’s recent trip to Anyang has left me with memories that will last a lifetime. From navigating the winding peaks of Wang Xiangyan Mountain to strolling along Peach Blossom Gorge to squeezing through the narrow alleys of Anyang’s traditional Chinese houses, the Anyang trip has been one of the highlights of CET Beijing.
Once I reach the top of the staircase, a narrow path runs along the edge of the mountain. Tucked in the side of the mountain are seemingly abandoned buildings far from civilization.
The same day, we went to Peach Blossom Gorge, an oasis from the scorching hot, industrial city. The spray of the waterfalls and the light breeze refresh us from the weary mountain hike.
When we return to civilization, we go back in time, strolling the traditional Chinese manor Mashi Zhuangyuan. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of buildings.