An Introduction to Chinese Art and A Natural Wonder

March 24, 2015

After attending one class with their host siblings, KMFLS had prepared a special class for us on Chinese Art. We learned the complicated and impressive way of tying Chinese knots that make a beautiful decoration that symbolizes good luck. Ray did a great job translating the teacher’s directions for us. After a bit of work, all were successful in completing their decorations and are proud of their accomplishment. We gained a new appreciation for this craft which we have seen for sale in the village markets.

After our class in this Chinese art, we traveled to The Stone Forest, a World Heritage Site. The park was several hours from Kunming and well worth the drive. We stopped on the way at a nice restaurant not far from the park for lunch.

The Stone Forest was created naturally through the process of the stone being shaped over time by water. The “kartz formations” go back 270 million years, which is approximately the same time as the dinosaurs whose bones and fossils we saw last week. The paths throughout the park date back to the Ming Dynasty.

It is hard to believe we start our journey back to the United States the day after tomorrow. We will make the most of our final day in Kunming by learning some Chinese Kungfu and participating in some closing ceremonies. Elise and Heyward offered to represent Gould tomorrow at the final “summing up meeting” by sharing their learning and reflections from the trip to Kunming.

Learning to tie the good luck decorations

Learning to tie the good luck decorations

Learning to tie the good luck decorations

Learning to tie the good luck decorations

Reini with Gould blue and gold

Reini with Gould blue and gold

Happy girls in the front row, “tough” boys in the back row in the courtyard of the restaurant

The whole group in front of the opening monument for the park.

The whole group in front of the opening monument for the park.

Stones standing tall

Stones standing tall

A tower stone

A tower stone

The sight from the "Viewing Pavilion"

The sight from the “Viewing Pavilion”

Boys having snack

Boys having snack

What the boys were looking at during their snack break

What the boys were looking at during their snack break

Girls having fun together

The girls having fun together

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