Sometimes I feel like my blogs are too long and windy, other times I just chuck a lot of photos into it, and most times I feel like I can’t ever explain enough to bring you guys along for the journey. In this case, I definitely cannot.
So it was the last week in China. 13 weeks past and I had one last splurge to spend on. Wesley, Nicholas, Mel, Dion Frankie and I. We went on an adventure.
So I don’t really know which part to cover, but I guess I’ll go with our last leg which was our homestay in XiaHe, Gansu.
Before that, here’s the wonderful terracotta warriors of Xi’An.
But why am I merely brushing through this? I feel, that all these tourist attractions can be seen through well…the lens of cameras. Walking through these halls made me gasp, and made me wonder. But you’d probably be able to do this one day if you were privileged enough to go to Xi’An, and your experience would be very similar to mine. But not Xia’He
Xia’He is a totally different story.
So, after our adventure at Xi’An, we headed to Xia’He, and when we got off the bus at Xia’He there were a few people just waiting at the bus stop, and they were hawking various homestays. SCAM most people would have thought, but we didn’t pre book a place to stay because we wanted to go to this student hostel, so instead we actually talked to the people and when we heard the low price, we decided to check the place out.
Anyway the homestay was approximately a half hour drive away.
Then we took a walk around the homestay and waited for sunset.
And I made friends with this…apparently human biting dog.
Well, nothing much else was interesting till the next day.
We decided to head to the nearby attraction, Labrang Monastery.
Here’s the fun thing though, we didn’t go in until midday.
We went to an adjacent hill where the view of the monastery was supposedly good. It was fun.
And we went up.
Well, eventually we came back down and headed into the Monastery.
And at night, we lit em
And then we went to bed.
Next morning we woke up, and the climbing bug was still unsatisfied. So we went looking for more hills to climb. And we found them
Then, we looked on the hill opposite and decided to climb that too.
Finally, we went to see stars at the homestay.
And the next morning we left Xia’He
So, I guess I’m sharing this more than the other days because this day really meant something more to me rather than just touring around. We did something for the sight we saw, and because of that, it was all the sweeter.
ALP was worth every moment, and I encourage future batches to sign up for any adventure possible, be it an exchange, an internship or just a holiday. Go somewhere, do something. Make memories.