Day 16: Back at YZR

Today we got to sleep in until 9 AM which helped to supply me with a super boost of energy. Instead of taking the cable car trail right next to where we were staying, we took the longer path around the mountain. Overall, the toughest part was probably just carrying our hiking backpacks up the stairs and onto the main road. Afterwards, the hike was only okay since we had to walk on pavement for about an hour, however there was beautiful scenery on both sides which made it better. After a little stop for lunch, which included a lot of orange peel throwing, we started hiking down on non-pavement trails. We moved down the mountain fairly quickly, with the group splitting off into 2 separate trails once in a while. Near the end of the hike, I saw a few graves as well as these bright-colored decorations that are apparently used during funeral ceremonies. We ended our hike by climbing up and down stairs, and also walking down a hard pavement sidewalk. When we all got to our ending spot, everyone felt very accomplished that they made it through the 3-day hike without dying. For me, I wish that the hike was longer because I enjoyed it very much, especially since it was my very first time doing so too.  

Hey, my name is Nicole and I am currently 13 years old. I was born in San Francisco, California and my parents are from Taiwan. Throughout my life I have moved 5 times so I am a pretty social butterfly. Leadership and taking risks are things that I feel confident at. Photography, dance, and swimming are my hobbies and passion. I had a very delightful time exploring new cultures on my microcampus experience in XiZhou and will miss it deeply!