Sanna and I headed to Songpan, a small town in Sichuan, where we hoped to join a horse-trek. Unfortunately, the recent rainy weather meant that the trails were muddy and unsuitable for horseback riding. Although we were slightly disappointed, we soon realized that there is so much more to explore in this little village.
Jiuzhaigou (or Jiuzhai Valley, as it is sometimes referred to in English) is Sichuan's star attraction - a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that attracts millions of visitors each year. Tourists gaze in awe at the emerald pools, picturesque waterfalls, and verdant forests.
After our fun adventures in Inner Mongolia, Sanna and I bid farewell to our other friends and headed to the next step on our itinerary: Chengdu. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, a province is known for its numbingly spicy food and Giant Pandas!
It's the day I've been waiting for - the day when I would finally get to interact with a camel!!!!!!!!! *excitement*
If there's one thing that gets me excited, it's ANIMALS. I love watching animals interact with each other - seeing them play, fight, eat, and sleep. I also love having unique animal interactions because it's a chance to get up and personal with a creature that I normally don't encounter in my every day life. So, one weekend, I recruited my friend Bonnie to check out the Shanghai Wild Animal Park with me.
Around the middle of May, about halfway into my study abroad program in Shanghai, I started feeling homesick for the sun, sand, and ocean waves of the California coastline. An online search yielded no results for beaches within Shanghai, so I settled on a weekend getaway to the nearby Shengsi Islands.
One of the perks of studying abroad on an established program like UCEAP is the support system that students get before and during their time abroad. UCEAP, or UC Education Abroad Program, is the study abroad program that is available to all students in the University of California system. The program directors enrolled me into my … Continue reading A Weekend in Wuyuan