[SCIE web news, February 23rd, 2017] On November the fourth, led by Mr Ashmore and Alice, the A1 geographers set out on a trip to Guilin.
All have been fantastic during the Guilin trip. The transportation, accommodation, sightings, learning and whatever. On arriving at Guilin the second day, we made our way to the grand, renown River Lee, where the boat journey had undoubtedly engraved its mark on us. It was a cool sunny day, and the views were breath-taking.
We spent some time on the upper decks where Mr Ashmore pointed out the geological features of karst landforms and reviewed knowledge from class. I must say that learning physical geography through seeing the features and reliefs on spot have been more than helpful. Not only did we sighted some of the most vivid figures depicted by the mountains: the GuanYin, the wonder pen, the hand of Buddha, the two cyprinoids that was said to be embodiment of a couple, the apple, and the unforgettable scene of the 9 horses on an escarpment that was said to be able to guarantee one’s academic success if he/she found out all 9. Where personally I identified none : )
Later we investigated the silver caves where Mr Ashmore explained how these amazing natural features were made. Many formed seemed sculptured by gifted artists, depicting many objets such as praying monks, ice cream cones, the great wall of China and a giant shimmering flute. It also contain a huge cavern, many floors high; carved by the power of water.
The trip also provided us with an excellent opportunity to appreciate our inborn culture, and evidently, solidifying our knowledge of physical geography.
On the last day the group visited the LongJi Terraces, where after winding up some sinuous never-ending mountain routes by van, we were asked to do some human geography surveys to investigate the affect of tourism on the village economy and culture by interviewing the locals during our “trek” up to the top. However, the view of the ancient terraced rice field filled my heart with wonder and pride. We ate many local delicious dishes made with tasty local foods for lunch in an traditional wooden village house.
I have to admit that this trip helped me understand and appreciate and value aspects of our wonderful physical and social heritage.
By Irena / Choi Yingbao 4241