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September 2nd, 2013
Over the summer, I had the privilege of traveling abroad to the exotic country of China. I went with a group from my high school.
The trip began with a very long flight. The first leg was a thirteen-hour trip to Japan’s International Airport. Despite the long length of the flight, it did not seem to be the horrible experience everyone had told me about. The seating accommodations were comfortable on this long journey. I would recommend, bringing an iPad, or iPod, try and take a nap or read, bring some snacks, and drink lots of water and the time will fly by.
The time difference was a point of concern for us traveling to the Far East. There was a huge difference in time zones. This actually worked to our advantage. When we got there, we had to force ourselves to stay awake. We had a tight schedule and I think this was the best thing to do, because by the second day we were already on the new time schedule. I know you will be tired, but my advice would be to push yourself, it will payoff and you can get the most out of your vacation.
On the first day of our trip, we headed to the Great Wall of China. In a word “Amazing”. We started in Beijing and we spent two hours there. A common misconception about the Great Wall is that is has flat parts and its moderately walk able. Actually, the stairs were unevenly spaced and were extremely steep. So if you plan on a long walk be prepared to get a great workout. It was amazing to see it. It went on for miles and miles. I still can’t believe I walked along the Great Wall of China.
Another memorable stop on our adventure was the Terracotta Warriors. This is a collection of figures representing the armies of the first Emperor of China. The complex is huge and when you go inside the first room full of soldiers its overwhelming. The figures are life-size and very realistic. The detail is phenomenal and there seemed to be thousands
of them. The day we were there we were lucky enough to meet the man who discovered them in 1974, a farmer, named Yang Zhifa.
Another stop on our trip was to a traditional Chinese Teahouse. This was the highlight of my trip. I liked the tea and the information they gave us was very interesting. The benefits of tea are unbelievable. Some of the things they shared we us is that is really good for your diet. It helps to clean out toxins in the body and acts as a natural remedy for illness. We were able to buy and bring back some of the freshest tea. This tea is never exported to neighboring countries or to the US. The flavor was far superior to any tea I had tasted before.
This trip was not simply a learning experience, but it also proved to be eye opening in the sense of what cultural diversity there is in the world. I feel really lucky to have had such a great opportunity. If this comes knocking on your door, open it and head to the Far East, it truly was an awesome experience.