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Group Trip to Xiang Shan

This weekend we all went to Xiang Shan, an area outside of Ningbo. The entire place seemed to smell like sewage and seawater and there was all kinds of seafood displayed for people to try at their own risk. Basically, it was not the kind of place I would normally choose to spend what little free time I have. To make matters worse, I lost out on my precious weekend sleep, which I usually desperately hoard by not waking until around 12pm. The hotel was shoddy and I ended up waking up at 6am the first day because every time a car would pass by outside, it sounded like a helicopter was landing in my room. Also, in terms of how much give the beds had, they were basically boards, though I guess I am used to that by now. Anyway, we went to the beach for what was my second time in China. We all swam in the filthy water, though it felt a lot less hazardous swimming with the company of everyone else. I also found a huge amount of beach glass; I guess Chinese people aren’t into collecting it. There was even some Settlers of Catan played a la playa.. people really can’t seem to get enough. Today, Sunday, we went to some random area where they had once filmed some movies. To my dismay, we were not provided breakfast, but were instead taken to a KFC to fend for ourselves. I bitterly ate their large fries. When we arrived at our destination, everything was fake. None of us knew anything about any of the movies that were filmed there, but the rocks were fake, the trees were fake, and there was an elaborate fake cave. Inside the cave were randomly some skeletons, one of them wore a single boxing glove, and another skeleton had regular human hands instead of bones, creating a very strange effect. Again to my dismay, we were not provided lunch, but stopped first at an area with seafood vendors (ew), then at a McDonalds, where I again had no choice but to shovel down some french fries. Obviously, my stomach is now revolting against me. On another food related note, I only have one more month left in China, and I am most looking forward to eating food that is not completely drenched in oil. End of entry.
sunrise on the day I couldn't sleep

sunrise on the day I couldn't sleep

skeleton with boxing glove in the fake cave

skeleton with boxing glove in the fake cave

Posted by Maia L 06:24

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