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Photo by Parker Pflaum, Summer 2014

MARCH 23 – EXPLORING KUNMING

We woke up and went to breakfast at the hotel, which consisted of rice, cabbage, and local fruits. We then went to the Green Lake Park to stretch before our Kung Fu lesson. Our stretching attracted quite the crowd of people taking pictures and videos. We then went to our Kung Fu lesson where we learned the proper stances and punches of Kung Fu. As a special treat, at the end of our lesson, the instructors punched volunteers in the stomach as a way to make them immune to pain. After lunch, we went to yuantong Zen Buddhist temple, which was the most magnificent and beautiful place. We walked around the tranquil temple, getting to see the various shrines and beautiful architecture. We then made our way to Yunnan university where we learned important phrases in Chinese and got to hear some guitar from a boy named Isaac. We had dinner, and then went off to the night market, where we shopped and some got massages. We made our way back to the hotel where we ended our night.