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Me and Nick have been spending the last few days in the provincial capital of Wuhan seeing the sights and visiting some friends from Huangshi. It’s been a great time and I’ll post a video about pretty soon. We will be coming back to the States tomorrow on Sunday August, 3rd and should arrive later on that same night. I will post one more video to this blog talking about the trip as a whole and about our recent experiences.
Patrick Lozada 罗小波
I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while, but I have had problems with uploading videos from China. For some reason, my internet connection resets whenever I try to upload a video onto YouTube and as a result I haven’t been able to get anything I post online. Anyway, I’ll give you a quick update on how things are going in Huangshi. Although originally we were supposed to have regular work during our last few weeks here, it turns out that all the classes that were supposed to meet were canceled. As a result we have absolutely nothing on our schedule besides studying in our cultural classes. I have been getting to feel a little cooped up however, and I am feeling that it would have been nice to have some kind of structured schedule instead of all of this free time. Me and a fellow intern are in fact thinking about packing up and going to the provincial capital of Wuhan to see the sights there for a change of scenery. Anyway, I’ll send more updates whenever I have them.
P.S. I just fixed the YouTube problem and here is my video. Note: This is before I found out that I had no work for the upcoming week.
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This video I shot in Shanghai but was unable to put online because we didn’t have good internet access.
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This past weekend we visited a place called Xian Dao Hu roughly translated meaning “fairy island lake.” The beauty of this lake cannot be described in words nor captured in film. The crystal clear lake is dotted with islands ranging from the size of a sandbar to larger islands which once supported unique ethnic communities.
The first island that we visited was supposed to be an island inhabited by a culture native to that island. Instead of a sample of native culture, however, we ended up experiencing a campy tourist attraction in which dark skinned natives would jump and and scare us with wooden sticks. What really shocked me was what we saw when we got to the top of the mountain. The “natives” put on a show of a young Thai boy who, because of his family’s poverty, was subjected to female hormone injections at the age of five and then subsequently made what amounts to a circus attraction. Tourists were invited to pay money to take a pictures with this “freak of nature” for 20元.
The second island proved to be much more enjoyable than the first and for me was the highlight. We ended up hiking around this beautiful mountain island which boasted a buddhist temple, a cave, and several waterfalls. One of the most enjoyable parts of this whole trip was a trip by zipline that we took around part of the island for a paltry sum of 20元 (3$). This trip gave us a welcome chance to relax and to look beyond the city and look at China’s natural beauties.
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I have been taking pictures and posting them on my facebook. I will be posting pictures of our visit to Dongfang mountain and pictures around Huangshi Institute soon. The following link should take you to the album. Facebook Gallery
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