Sichuan Study Trip: Part 3

During the last stretch of the Sichuan study trip, I explore the Tibetan region of Sichuan, eat authentic hot pot, visit Kuanzhai Alley, stroll through the Huanglongxi Ancient Town, and finally see pandas!

Thursday, April 2nd, 1:23pm


Sichuan Tibetan Region

Once we’d driven high up in the mountians, we stopped at a white pagoda and climbed a ways to the top of a small hill covered in prayer flags. The weather was cold, and I had trouble breathing because of the altitude, but I somehow still made it to the top. The brightly colored prayer flags were a beautiful contrast to the snowy, grey mountains.

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Our final stop of the day (before the hotel) was just a quick photo-op in the countryside. We hopped off the bus, took some pictures of yaks, and then we went back to driving.  Continue reading “Sichuan Study Trip: Part 3”

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Sichuan Study Trip: Part 2

During the next leg of my journey through Sichuan, I travel to Mt. Emei, one of the four sacred mountains in China, Hailuoguo Glacier Park, and Luding Bridge!

Tuesday, March 31st, 9:45pm


Mt. Emei (or Emeishan)

Today, the whole morning and afternoon was dedicated to a hike up (and down) Mt. Emei, one of the four sacred mountains in China. We all took a two-hour bus ride part way up the mountain, and then we had the option of riding up the cable car or walking all the way up ourselves. Most people chose the hike.

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The hike was tough, but not nearly as bad as Huangshan. I didn’t want to sit down and die every ten minutes, which is a small victory in itself. Instead, I found zen and just put one foot in front of the other until I reached the top. The best part of the hike up the mountain was breaking out of the misty cloud cover and finally seeing the sun. It was such an unexpected and wonderful surprise. Continue reading “Sichuan Study Trip: Part 2”

Sichuan Study Trip: Part 1

During my first days in Sichuan, I travel to Chengdu and explore the Jinsha Site Museum and Jinli Old Street. Then I take a boat ride to the Leshan Giant Buddha! The last stop of the day is Emeishan City!

Hello, everyone!

This semester, the Alliance took all the students in the 21st Century City Program and Intensive Language program from Shanghai to Sichuan! Over the course of the week, I made new friends, explored a completely new area of China, and (most importantly) saw real-life pandas!

I hope you enjoy this three-part post on my trip! Lots of pictures ahead!


Saturday, March 28th, 11:11pm


Photo taken by Felix
Photo taken by Felix

Let the adventure begin! Day one of our Sichuan trip consisted mostly of waiting around at the airport since our plane was delayed by about three hours. Oi. That meant everyone was super hungry when we landed in Chengdu. When we arrived at our hotel, we met all of the new students from the Beijing program and then got ice cream together at McDonald’s! Continue reading “Sichuan Study Trip: Part 1”