Thursday, May 30, 2013
Our morning began with our first message class at BSU. We were lead into a high tech building equipped with only the best that the university has to offer. Greeted by six new Chinese students, we began our class by learning specific techniques on how to message parts if the face, head and neck. Although it was difficult at first, we soon began to get the hang of the new methods being taught. So parents, if your ever feeling achy and in need of some TLC, you know who to ask.
After class, fully clad in our bright yellow Ithaca is gorgeous t-shirts, we made our way to the office of the Vice President of BSU to present him with a gift. It was the same gift we gave to the president of Chengdu but with the BSU logo instead. The office we walked into was breath-taking with huge black leather couches for us to sit on and walls covered with bright tapestries. It was definitely not your average office, not a place where just any visiting group gets in. Only Hongwei and his connections can make that happen.
By two, we were on our way to the Summer Palace and not even the intense heat of the day could distract us from the beautiful scenery before us. The palace is built on top of a man made mountain over looking a massive man made lake to accompany it. Although the hike through the palace was intense, the view of the lake from the top of the mountain was worth every step. Looking out into the horizon, we swore we could see all of Beijing, and for once, there was no smog in the sky to block our view. Not only was the view amazing but the architecture and paint work of the entire palace was so unbelievable it's hard to describe. It's a good thing china has a huge population because just painting the palace must have required the hands of thousands.
After two hours of spending time in a place literally fit for royalty, we were rushed to the heart of Beijing to watch a Wu Shu performance at the very same school that the famous martial arts master, Jet Lee, attended. The performance was probably the highlight of the day. Between the girl who could literally fold herself into a ball and the six pandas performing Gangnam Style, among amazing acts of martial arts and funny skits, I think it's safe to say we all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.
We are having some crazy times in Beijing and I can't wait to see what's next!
- Ariel Mack
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