Pac Rim update
Friday, September 21, 2007
By Erin Minor
Pac Rim group was very active in their last few days in Beijing,
China. The students were able to watch a Chinese Acrobatics Show,
visit the Chinese Botanical Gardens and climb a 1,827 foot mountain
called Fragrant Hill. They were also given the opportunity to tour a
hutong (a type of ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing).
However, the Pac Rim group rode in authentic chinese style in a
rickshaw- a common form of transportation for tourists, similar to a
bicycle with a passenger cart on the back. Finally, the students
attended a “farewell dinner” at a rotating restaurant in Beijing, which
included a buffet of delicious Chinese foods.
Students were given a free day for their final day in Beijing.
Ironically, many students found it necessary to spend a majority of
that day at the post office mailing gifts home for their family and
friends. Others used their time to go shopping or get a traditional
Chinese massage. Rachel recalls her experience at the massage parlor,
stating “ It was the best massage I’ve ever had and it was so cheap!
Only 88 RMB (about $12 USD) for a forty minute oil massage.” After two
weeks of adventurous activities, the students said goodbye to Capital
Normal University and the city of Beijing.
The Pac Rim group arrived in Xi’an early Sunday morning after an
eleven hour train ride. They were greeted by their new tour guide,
Elizabeth, and immediately started exploring the city. Their first
stop was the city wall, where the students were able to rent bicycles
and ride them on the man-made fortress. The city wall is the largest
ancient military defense system in the world.
Next, the students visited the Shaanxi History Museum and watched a
traditional Chinese show. They also enjoyed a Chinese dinner with over
twenty different types of dumplings. Each dumpling was shaped similar
to its contents. For instance, a dumpling that contained pumpkin was
shaped like a pumpkin, etc.
Another event the group attended in Xi’an was a huge water show at
the Wild Goose Pagoda, which consists of numerous fountains, gardens,
and a variety of architecture. Courtney said she “loved the water show
and the surrounding area.” “The colors were beautiful,” she stated.
Before visiting the Museum of Terracotta Army, the students were given
the opportunity to watch some replicas of the soldiers being
handcrafted from clay. The statues were available for purchase with a
student discount, which many of the students took advantage of.
Visiting the Museum of Terracotta Army was another great experience for
the Pac Rim group. The museum opened in 1979 and was built on its
original site. It currently has three pits opened and has had over
This week, the students will be touring Xi’an Polytechnic
University, visiting a village school in Huxian County, and staying
with a local family. They will soon be leaving for Shanghai, where
they will be given ample amounts of free time to explore the city on
their own. Sites they may be visiting include the Pearl Tower, Yuyuan
Gardens, and the Shanghai Museum.