Photos by Kierstin Conaway, (Wittenberg University) Student Correspondent CET Shanghai, Spring 2017
On the third and final walking tour of the semester, the Shanghai RD took us to a secret garden. This place is considered a secret garden as it is currently abandoned and only kept up by a single person. What makes this garden even more interesting and remarkable is that it was able to survive the Cultural Revolution, a period in China’s history that resulted in various aspects of traditional Chinese culture being destroyed.
During the second major holiday of the semester, Labor Day, I decided to stay in/around Shanghai not only to explore, but also to start to prepare and make sure everything would be in order for the last couple of weeks. The first place I decided to explore was Yu Garden.
The above is another picture of Yu Garden, which is a traditional Chinese garden that was first built in the 1550s.
Considering China’s extensive rail network has multiple connections in Shanghai, it is extremely convenient to make day trips to nearby cities, such as Nanjing. Therefore, the next trip I made during the Labor Day holiday was to Nanjing.
In Nanjing, my friend and I went to the massacre museum, Xuanwu Lake, the city wall of Nanjing, and a couple of other well-known sites.
Recently, the CET staff took us to Huangbaiwu for our second (and final) weekend trip. Above is our group photo that we took with a local family that cooked us lunch. After lunch, we hiked throughout the local mountains.
Descending the mountain led us through a path that is less traveled by as we walked across the mountains to get to a different village than the one we started from. The path that we took, which can be seen in the above photograph, looks like we walked through a forest of some sorts, which is not something I thought I would ever get to do in China.
As hiking took up most of the day, we were able to witness the sunset as we descended the mountain.
For the last day in Huangbaiwu, CET staff took us river rafting, which ended up in a lot of people screaming with surprise and joy as the rafting course took us slowly down the mountain.