ADIYASUREN ANGARAG 蒙古 测绘学院
Report of Trip to Shaanxi
ZORN DENNIS GERMANY CDKH
Trip to陕西 (Shaanxi)
Organized by the International Students Office of Tongji University, the trip took around 20 international students from six different countries to one of China's most traditional areas.
On the recommendation of the Vice President of Tongji University, Prof. LYU Peiming, half of the trip was spent in the rather small but steadily growing metropolis 渭南 Weinan, before the other half was spent in the former, ancient capital of China 西安 Xi'an.
The excursion started punctually at 9 a.m. with breakfast already prepared for all students. A bus took us from Siping campus to Shanghai Hongqiao station, from where our journey to Weinan started in about six hours in a comfortable express train.
On arrival, our tour guide, who provided us with information about the stations for the following days, greeted us and brought us to the hotel.
The evening ended with a foretaste of typical provincial food, most of which can be summed up as „spicy „for the European taste.
Activities around Weinan were planned for this day. The first stop was Dang village. It is the largest, oldest and best-preserved stockade village. It was mainly inhabited by people with the surnames Dang and Jia, with Dang being the oldest inhabitants. The village was built in 1331 and reached its peaks in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Due to the excellent conservation, the life of the people at the heyday of the village can be well imagined.
For lunch, we were taken to a plaza with many different stalls where you could enjoy different local dishes. The place had a nice street food ambience typical for the area. The famous 肉夹馍 was particularly tasty. This dish is also known as Chinese hamburger.
The last stop in the Weinan area was the Hechuan Parkland. There we took a boat to a hot spring, where we rested for a short cooling off. After that, we walked over the lotus fields and enjoyed the moor-like landscape, which lay in the valley of beautiful mountains, before we went back to the hotel.
After an extensive breakfast, we went to the Museum of Weinan, where various relics were exhibited. In addition, several Chinese exchange students from Weinan Normal University were present for intercultural exchange. In the museum, we watched various musical performances, including fascinating shadow plays and an impressive puppet show.
Since Professor LYU Peiming, Vice Mayor of Weinan and Vice President of Tongji University made the recommendation and he also made the time to meet us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof. LYU Peiming again! 谢谢!
The stop scheduled for the afternoon led us to the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. What is special about the mausoleum are the terracotta warriors, each of which is different in size and shape. Work on the mausoleum began in 246 B.C., so that the colours of the warriors have unfortunately faded away in the meantime. Local farmers discovered the first figures of the Terracotta army in 1974. Altogether four pits were discovered, of which only three are filled with warriors. Estimates put the number of warriors in the pits at over 8000.
The discovery is very remarkable, which unfortunately the exhibition does not do justice to, since it is very full and hardly possible to examine the individual figures.
After the exhibition and a delicious meal in Xi'an, the evening ended in a beautiful hotel.
The penultimate day was spend after a restful sleep and rich breakfast with the learning of a traditional drum dance, which looks simple, but required a quite high degree of coordination. Many other Chinese for various dances, which made learning the dance a unique experience, also use the square in the palace. The pictures and the video speak volumes here.
To give a little insight into life in the palace, we watched a short film about a romance that took place during the Tang Dynasty. Afterwards we visited the Daming Palace in Xi'an. The palace belonged to the Tang Dynasty and was used as a royal residence for 220 years. The palace has been declared a Chinese cultural heritage. Since the condition of the palace is less well preserved and was discovered in the 1960s, a miniature of the original palace was created. Here you can get a better idea of the beauty of the palace at that time.
There was something special about lunch. All food delivered was vegetarian. With tofu and the use of seasonings, hardly any difference to the typical Chinese non-vegetarian food was noticed. Yummy!
The evening programme was self-determined, but the students exchanged ideas and decided to take a look at the Muslim Road together. There many Muslim dishes could be enjoyed and so the evening could end.
The last day of the trip was used by a bicycle ride on the largest city wall of China. On the 14 km long tour the city could be visited again and discovered that Xi'an lies between tradition and modernity. In the bright sunshine, the last day was used to get a last overview of the city before we went back to Shanghai by express train.
All in all, the trip was a unique experience. The trip was very well organized and everything was planned. The arrangement between management and students worked great and it was great fun for all students. All CDHK students thank for a great organization and an experience to look back on for a lifetime! Thanks!