Day 2: Exploring Xizhou

Day two at the microcampus was amazing. We explored Xizhou the whole morning and took a look at the new microcampus site- to all of the seventh granders out there, it looks like an incredible place! We're not staying there now because it's under construction. Instead, We're staying at the Yang's Guesthouse. At the guesthouse, there are beautiful wooden carvings that are extremely impressive! For lunch, I ate noodles at sifangjie- the town square. It was very delicious. Here in Xizhou, they have two types of noodles- mixian and ersi. I honestly confuse the two a lot, but so far I believe I've only tried mixian. The difference between the two noodles are the size and lightness. One is big, but very light, the other skinny but very dense. Confusing, especially for someone whose Chinese skills are completely lacking. I haven't been able to practice my Chinese with any local people yet, except for ordering food and people asking me where I'm from. So far, I'm able to understand them, but I'm so worried that I'm going to reply with the wrong word or meaning that I've asked Katie to help me clarify the meaning of words a couple of times before responding in Chinese. It's a pretty nice day here in Xizhou, not to gloat or anything. We'll be freezing when we come back to Shanghai!


Hey Madeleine, don't worry

Hey Madeleine, don't worry about gloating, just go ahead and describe how sunny, clean and lovely it is there - we'll be able to feel it over here - you'll be doing us a favour!  Great to hear all is well and I look forward to hearing about your search into Education in that area, all the best, Mrs Hundley

Hello, I'm Madeleine. I was in the pilot Microcampus program in 2012. In Xizhou, I researched Bai Minority Clothing because of my interest in the patterns and embroidery on Bai clothing. Though a seemingly lackluster topic, I found that my project became less and less about clothing, and more about the preservation of traditions in a village that is becoming more and more exposed to the world outside of the valley. I welcome you to take a look at my project, and see how my ideas and thoughts had developed over the course of a month!