Shannon Hardy (on left)
An Experience of a Lifetime: Discovering Chengdu
The first time I stepped off of the plane at Shuangliu Airport, I knew at that very moment that my experience in Chengdu would become a life changing event. Fast forwarding five weeks later, I feel a strange sense of familiarity in being in Chengdu. From taking short walks to wowo, visiting Raffle City to get Happy Lemon lemonade, I soon assimilated to being in Chengdu. Even my Mandarin has progressively become better, and can engage in simplistic conversation. I never thought in a million years that I would be China learning Chinese and learning about and understanding the Chinese way of living. The best aspect about being here is meeting new Chinese friends, going to hotpot and also going on trips. Just last Saturday, we visited Wenshu Monastery.
From the Metro, it’s only four stops up from Huaxiba station and a five minute walk. Alongside the students from g-meo program, the Chinese students came along. Out of the mini trips we have taken, I can honestly say that Wenshu Monastery has been my favorite. Being there was definitely an eye opening experience, especially walking amongst Buddhist monks and seeing their way of life. There were so many different Buddhas to pray to and they even had a statue of the Indian goddess Shiva, who is the goddess of creation and destruction.
Afterwards, we walked the streets on the Monastery and bought souvenirs.I bought a bracelet, a necklace and also a fan. The weather was really pleasant, I can’t wait to discover more of Chengdu and what it has in store for me.