Stephanique Brown: My Experience in the Mountains of Juizhaigou

Never in a million years would I have thought about facing my fear of heights in one of the beautiful wonders in China. 4000 meters in the clouds, it gave the feeling of being vaulted into heaven in a way. But before we even reached our destination, there were scenic areas all around us. Though the trip lasted around 19 hours in total, the end result was one of the most spectacular trips I have ever made in my life. I will be the only person in my family to make such a trip, and I am grateful that I experienced it not only for myself but for them as well.

The most magical thing I saw during this trip was a certain scenic spot that not too many people found because of the long walk to it. Tucked behind a mountain and across from a river was the most beautiful sight I have ever laid my eyes on. It looked as if you were falling off of a cliff.  With a view of the mountains and crystal clear green waters, it was a tranquil moment for me. I might never get to see that same view again in my life, so I thought I should enjoy the moment while it lasted.  I sat down on the bridge, took off my shoes and decide to dip my feet in the water. You can say that was a crazy idea because the water was past the point of freezing; I didn’t even know if that was prohibited, but I did it without getting caught.

Then I got to see the Tibetan minority people that lived in the mountains. It was a great cultural experience to be able to see a different group of people that are a minority and experience their way of life and their food. I got to see through a different lens of how to communicate with a different group of people.  Some things are just universal, like a smile or a wave. The Tibetans we just as excited to see me as I was to see them. They took more pictures of me than I did of them! Then we met some local famous Tibetan singers that were very handsome. There was no way I could communicate with them, except that I knew how to introduce myself in Chinese.

On the bus ride back home, I thought about how diverse different parts of China are.  Many might think that since China has a huge homogenous population, everyone and everything is the same, but that is really a false statement. You have dialects that even separate the majority and the different types of food and clothing that makes the people of different areas and region different. It was a really amazing trip to experience!

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