Mountain Day, Chengdu Style

March 26, 2014

Wowza, what a big and busy final day we enjoyed around Chengdu.  Ms. Barstow and I offer a double-delight, 2-version blog post this evening!  Tomorrow we’re on the road early to see you by late Thursday evening.  Your kids have been a dream.  They travelled and hiked with enormous energy today, which is an admirable finish to two weeks of exciting travel.

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Our hostess and host for the day were teachers Amy and Neil.

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We started  with a visit to the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, built in about 200BC and still used today.

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This system is at the confluence of three rivers that are tributaries of the Yangtze River and controls floods and distributes water for agricultural irrigation throughout Sichuan Province.  Much of the beautifully clear water comes from glacial runoff from mountains over 5,000 meters high not far to the west.

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We scattered into a couple groups for lunch and quick shopping, and I found some jasmine and chrysanthemum teas that were fresh from the mountains.

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We then started a hike of a couple thousand vertical feet to the top of 4,000-footer Mount Qingcheng.

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This intrepid hiker made it to the top in some unusually stylish hiking boots.

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Today’s transportation included a short boat ride after a Chondola-style descent from the mountain.

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I loved Luke’s sweatshirt message today!

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We dined with the hosts and hostesses of our kids’ homestays, and with Jane, Cathy, and Lillian from CEFLS.  Dinner featured duck roasted in a wood-fired brick oven, and we exchanged thankful toasts for everyone who made this trip a reality.

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