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A student practices working the fields with a water buffalo. Photo by Ming-Jiu-Li, China Summer Program.

Leaving the Cities

The past two weeks have an amazing experience for me. I got to know three cities; each was special in its own way. Shanghai, the first city we went to, reminded me most of my home in New York City; there were lots of buildings, hustle and bustle, and sights. Chongqing was both very similar to and different from Shanghai. Both Shanghai and Chongqing were very populous and had amazing sights, but Chongqing had more of a local feel than Shanghai. Yichang was probably the most distinctive city for me, not only because it was smaller but because of the vibes it gave; rather than being all hustlely-bustley (like Shanghai and Chongqing), Yichang was very chill. I could just sit by the Yangtze River in the peace and quiet, which I could not do in Chongqing and Shanghai. Despite their differences, I enjoyed staying in each city very much.

Today, we left from Chengdu (which we only spent one night in), and we are moving to a rural village in Sichuan province. I am not used to living in the middle of nowhere twenty-four seven, so I am not sure what to expect. I know that during many parts of these next two weeks I will be outside of my comfort zone. However, I think this is a good thing because I want to live my life to the fullest. I want to try things I have never seen or done before, meet new people, and expand my comfort zone to new degrees. Despite being uncomfortable with a few things, I’m looking forward to the next half of this trip!