While studying in Beijing, Dartmouth arranged several long trips to other places in China. The first destination was Tai’an (泰安) in the province of Shandong (山东) from September 28-29*. We rode the high speed rail there. I have to say, I wish America had this instead of having to take on huge road trips. Also, I never drove a car so I basically can’t go anywhere unless there’s public transportation or a chauffeur.
We went there to specifically visit Mountain Tai (Tai Shan 泰山). The teachers explained that only a couple of emperors made the trip to Mount Tai. It was for religious reasons I believe.
The day after, we went to Qufu (曲阜), the hometown of Confucius. There, we went to the Confucius Six Arts City, Confucius Temple, and Confucius Family Mansion. Confucius had such a great impact on China. Confucianism isn’t a religion, but rather a way to live life and maintain relationships. But don’t quote me on this; I’m no expert.
Food pictures from Shandong will be posted in the next blog post. After returning from China, I’m realizing my memories are fading very quickly. Hopefully, this blog will serve as a reminder of what I experienced in China.
*I know I’m so late in posting. But better late than never. Just let your eyes feast on the pictures.