She wanted to go there mainly to witness the pandas in their natural habitat. But we wanted to give her a chance to practice what she had been learning in class. Sure enough, just being in China made her want to sing Chinese songs and converse with local children. Her ability to speak even a little bit of Mandarin attracted the attention of locals to engage in dialogue.
The excitement was constant from the time we landed in Guangzhou to the very last day of our trip in Hong Kong. Not only did Julia get to see the giant and red pandas up close, she got to see the International Circus from atop of the Guangzhou Tower. In Chengdu, she was fascinated by the face mask changing of the Sichuan Opera. In Yangshuo, she had fun biking in the barren and stony landscape, visiting a cave and taking her first mud bath and painting some traditional scenery with a teacher. We had so much fun! We are planning to return to China in a few years!”