Today myself and 10 other students got to visit Chengdu and meet students from other schools, the students asked us about America and how it was academically when compared to the UK. We all sat down and had lunch together, unfortunately everything was meat except for some sweet noodles with numbing pepper. After we ate to the subway we went! For a lot of us it was our first time, we all joked about how we were back at home taking the bart but an upgraded bart. We arrived at the wide and narrow alley and were quickly split into groups amongst the students.
During our wandering Celeste and Alex suggested we play cards to kill some time until the face changing opera. Celeste taught Wendy and Nancy her favorite card game and quickly the excitement began. After some time we remembered that it was time to meet the others and say goodbye to our new friends. We sat front row for the opera and were amazed at the ever changing faces of the performers, and of all the different acts!
After the alley we all joined together for dinner and did shopping where some of the students bought matching Peppa the Pig Gucci shirts and looked for souvenirs! But honestly, today was a rough day for me and my anxiety, but the support and patience from my fellow cohort and professors made this rough day into a positive memory because I know that I have a support system not just at home but here as well.
- Cynthia G.
My smaller group met up with some SWUST students to take us to the temple in downtown Mianyang to see the sleeping Buddha. We got on the bus and a few minutes later we were at the temple! It was beautiful from start to finish, and the sun came out as soon as we got there! We walked around and admired the gorgeous statues and looked for souvenirs on our way to the sleeping Buddha. When we arrived at the sleeping Buddha, we saw that it’s head was under construction! We could still see the beautiful detail in the Buddha’s face, however. We made our way down the mountain and decided to do some shopping at the nearby mall! We hopped on the bus again and saw something called “The Museum of Broken Relationships”. We were all intrigued, and stopped to take a look. There were some cool photo ops on the outside, but in the interest of time we decided to keep heading towards the mall. We stopped at a Pizza Hut to get a quick bite, but to our surprise it was a very nice sit-down type restaurant! We ordered some appetizers and a small flatbread pizza (most of the pizzas were flatbread style). After our little meal, we arrived at the mall! It was five stories high and had a lot of familiar brands, such as Miniso, Adidas, and Nike. We also stopped at a couple of really cool unfamiliar stores! The mall had an entire floor dedicated to kids to play, and the fifth floor had an arcade! The roof had a lovely sunflower garden that we all admired. It reminded me of home. It was an eventful day, all in one area of Mianyang! It felt nice to return to the quieter part where our hotel is located, but we had a wonderful time downtown as well!