An Ancient Town

  • List three things you learned during the two train rides (not necessarily about the train).

Three things I learned was you can directly reach PingYao from Beijing by train, the whole train ride was convenient and smooth, also it only took around 3 hours to the destination.


  • What are two things you learned by the end of this trip?

I learned it was fun to spend time with friends out of school, and Pingyao’s cultural, community, and history background.


  • What were the successful aspects of the Pingyao Challenge for your group?

Our group planned the routine out before we started, which is a main reason why our group won the first place. Also, we moved fast, and didn’t stop and get distracted by other things.


  • The funniest moment on the trip was

Before going on the train, I ordered Starbucks but then forgot to pay. The cashier stopped me before I walked away.


  • What was the most challenging aspect of the trip? How did you deal with this challenge?

My challenge was I didn’t really have friends in my hotel group, so I felt lonely at the beginning. But later on I hanged out with Renee and Grace, which pulled our relationships a bit closer, also we enjoyed the time spent playing cards.


  • · Describe the most memorable experience you had in Pingyao.

My most memorable experience was the time spent on the train. I really had fun with my friends, and I will forever remember this precious journey.


  • What recommendations would you make for the trip next year?

I would like to change the hotels a little, because my room was a wedding room, which felt a little bit weird…? Also the bathroom was really small, a little bit crowded.

My First Week

Different students think differently about their first week of school. Well, I think it was typical. There are also things I enjoyed and surprised me.

What I enjoyed during the first week is that I can meet my friends again everyday, and hang out with them. Also my new teachers are pretty nice, I like them a lot. 8th grade is more like a self-control year, there will be no teachers chasing after you for this or that, it’s all based on your decisions. (which is pleasant for me) On the other hand, I’m excited about the activities 8th graders are going to have: Grade 8 formal, mentoring trips, star-night… What surprised me is the cafeteria and the changes happened in our school. So the school totally changed the cafeteria’s decoration, and also the food provider. We don’t have Chart-wells anymore, we now have a new food provider. The food is al-right, but the taste didn’t really change comparing to last year.