On the first day, we went on the airplane to the 14-and-a-half hour plane ride to Tokyo-Narita airport. Our airplane was delayed by 3+ hours! But thanks to our church’s prayers, as well as yours, (if you heard about it,) and God, we took off, and landed in Tokyo safely.
Phew. Then we went on another 6-hour plane ride to Chengdu, in the Sichuan province, where we stayed a night, and then went on yet another (this time being only 1-hour) plane ride to Lijiang, which is in the Yunnan province.
We spent 2 nights there for team building, as well as fellowship in an nicely designed hotel, which was a rebuilt of an ancient Na-Xi tribe house with beautiful ponds and boardwalk leading to each private room. The roofs of the buildings were pretty cool and intricate. Its tips are the shape of the horn on a saddle.
On the 3rd day we went on a long horseback-riding trip, and then went canoeing, so that was fun. After adjusting to the higher altitude and the jet-lag and learning that everyone smokes in China, we went on another 4-hour bus ride to Shangri-La, the city we were staying in.
On the 5th day, or the 1st day in Shangri-La after we got through the bus and airplane rides, and the jet-lag and all that other stuff, after we got to the hotel that we were going to stay in for the pretty much remainder of the trip, we settled down and did a briefing about the trip. After that, we sort -of just had free-time to do what we want. And sleep.
We ate at the hotel when we got there, discovering that the food their was AMAZING! The hotel owners invented some fusion dishes combining American, Indian, and Singaporean styles using unique local ingredients and fresh vegetables from their own organic farm. One of my favorites dish is four cheese pizza, a thin crust pizza with yak cheese on it. That’s another thing I learned about China. The food is (mostly) great, and very unique as well!
On the 7th day, or the 3rd day in Shangri-La, we went to the farm.
Little did I know this was only the first of the three tiring times that I went to the farm. We did some service there, picking weeds, lots of weeds, as the farm was a decent size. We fed all the weeds to the pigs, who were pretty hungry, as usual.
Mom is at it!!
Pigs and more pigs to feed!
I am that one on the right under the cap!
More field work....
Intern at The Cafe
I also volunteered to clean the hotel floors as they are pretty short of staffs. It was not easy to sweep all four floors after a tiring day.
I didn’t know how it went, because I wasn’t there, but with my parents visiting one of the best hotels in Shangri-La! I think that was pretty awesome.
I was somewhere else because, well the high elevation would make my mom a bit, well, out of breath. This would happen a lot, so I decided to stick together with my parents just in case anything happened.
After that, we met up with the group after some shopping at the local supermarket, (which was just a big warehouse - thing that had lots of street-stand-type things,) and then we went the owner of the restaurant’s house to do, guess what? Cooking! Yay! That was really fun, and every 2 people got to cook a dish. Along with the staff at the hotel! So we had SO many dishes that we could eat, with desserts at the end! I went back to the hotel with a full stomach, and slept very deeply.
Potatso National Park
On the 11th day, or the 7th day in Shangri-La, I woke up to eat a hearty breakfast, then set out on a one hour bus ride to a place in Shangri-La called Potatso National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Shangri-La! When we got there, equipped with our rain poncho, as it was going to rain, I was amazed by all the mountains and valleys. It was such a beautiful tourist place! Then we started on our 2-hour walk on the trail of the National Park. We stopped at many breathtakingly beautiful flowers, views, lakes, and even saw many different unique trees growing around the Park! It was a really nice walk. In fact, they wanted to preserve it so much, they drove some Tibetan people out of the Park, and built a boardwalk as a trail and making it so no one could step on the grass! There’s a bad side and a good side. This place reminded me of the Little House on the Prairie. Beautiful, (I said that word to much there) Vast, anything awesome you can think of
Visit Tibetan House
Then finally, we went on a bus to drive all the way down to a different part of the National Park, walked some more and then drove to visit a real Tibetan house. I think that was a really interesting experience, as we got to see 2 cats, but we also tried some of their tea, which tasted good, ate their cheese, yogurt, and even some bread, while sitting around their stove, which was like a campfire!There was also a way to take a special type of flour which you could mix with your tea or yogurt to make a rice ball which you could eat!