PingYao 2019 in 9 Photos!

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

The three things I learnt during the two train rides was that:

  1. Time flies fast if you are having fun.
  2. The train never went faster than 295km/h
  3. Riding the train is one of the most common ways Chinese citizens travel in China.

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

The two things I learned by the end of this trip was:

  1. Teamwork is very important in finishing group activities.
  2. Pingyao was much larger than what I thought.

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

One of the successful aspects of the Pingyao Challenge for our group was that even our group didn’t win nor finish the race, we went through majority of it.

The funniest moment on the trip was:

When we realized that the shower was right on top of the toilet.

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

The most challenging aspect of the trip was when I lost my Pingyao tour free pass, and I successfully dealt with it by going back to the opera mask painting place with my roommate. We found two tickets in total, someone else must have lost their ticket too.

Describe the most memorable experience you had in Pingyao.

It was when I took the photography course, I had the experience to take many quality photos there.

What recommendations would you make for the trip next year?

Bring lots of money because there are numerous places to buy goods and food.

Aiming for Fire (With Spoilers)

What would you choose between love and honor? Katniss was chosen as a tribute for District 12, in the 74th Hunger Games. The fierce archer wins the games by proving her bow skills. Katniss, the girl on fire, thinks about going back home after winning the games, by proving her potentials in surviving, great mindset and attitude.

Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins displays characterization traits that eventually help her win the games, and Katniss takes advantage of her surviving skills. Throughout the book, Katniss was called the girl on fire. Her shocking appearance in the opening ceremony, with the dress on fire, eventually lead for supporters and sponsors that aided her during the games. Her flaming appearance let the public and the Gamemakers easily remember Katniss as the “girl on fire”, differentiating from other 23 tributes. This gave everyone’s attention and eyes of Katniss throughout the games. Additionally, the optimistic mindset of Katniss lets her win the games: “We turn back to face the crowd as the anthem of Panem plays. Oh, well, I think. There will be twenty-four of us. Odds are someone else will kill him before I do. Of course, the odds have not been very dependable of late” (Collins 51). This shows Katniss’s’ mindset. It shows that Katniss is neither a fragile nor a pessimistic character. She starts to think about actually winning the games after being discouraged by strong competitors. This implies about Katniss that even the worst situation ever fell on her, she did not lose hope, but rather gained courage, which eventually converted into momentum for her to win the 74th annual Hunger Games. Lastly, other characters, for example, Effie considers Katniss as a danger to the Panem. Effie Trinket says in front of the tributes of District 12, “Well, it serves them right. It’s their job to pay attention to you. And just because you come from District Twelve is no excuse to ignore you” (Collins 157). Effie thinks that people from District 12, even they did not win for many years, should deserve the same respect and fame as the people from the Career Tributes do. Especially as Katniss receives a score 11 from the training center, Effie finds the potentials of Katniss, possibly anticipating the winner of the 74thhunger game to be her.  Also, Effie felt that Katniss was able to grab many other viewer’s attentions, giving her advantage in winning, showing that Katniss is a growing darkhorse. The Capitol was thinking her as a suspicious character from then.

Picture citation: “File:Katniss Everdeen.jpg.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Dec. 2018,