I'm back in Dongguan, tired and ill, after a fantastic holiday! On Sunday I went to Eli's place, Houjie, to stay for the night. It was the mooncake festival and we went up on the rooftop to look at the full moon. A random family was celebrating there, and suddenly we were invited to join their traditional celebration. Nice experience. Barbecue, mooncakes, black tea, friends, family and flying sky lanterns.
We wrote our wishes on it <3
On Monday Eli and I went by plain to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. A totally different side of China. We met a lot of the other interns there, and it was so nice to see them all! A lot of things happened on the trip, both positive and negative experiences (mostly positive, hehe). I have so many pictures from the trip, so here's a selection:
Ida and me. Five Pagoda Temple in Hohhot City.
Love panda hats!
Huge arabic palace.
We travelled to Xilamuren Grassland, near the city Baotou, to go horseback riding and to get some insight in the Mongolian culture:
And suddenly, at the harmonic gressland, we saw three men peeing in a row. Haha.
Reunion with my girl. Ugliest background ever! We had to put on a stone, walk around three times (clockwise) and make a wish.
On Thursday, we went to the desert to go camel riding and other activities. Unfortunately it was freaking cold and rainy that day. How ironic. It can be up to minus 50 degrees in the winter. Poor people!
Hanna and Michael <3
We also visited a Buddhist temple. Very similar to the temples in Beijing.
A monk wanted to take a photo with Ingvild and me with OUR camera. Haha. Where's the logic? It was a really awkward moment when we (a big group of foreigners) spotted the monks. For quite a long time, we just stared back at each other. Haha! Finding each other so strange and different.
And we went to a museum to see the biggest dinosaur fossil in Asia. I'm not a fan of museums, but this was interesting. 26 meters long..
I liked Hohhot. Except that it was quite "dirty" and noisy there (I saw many strange things), it was a cool city. Very modern in the center and a cheap shopping eldorado. Spent a little bit too much money there, and I could barely carry my own luggage on the way back.
The journey back was nothing less than 270 Scandinavian miles. By train! (Via. Beijing). I got ill as well because of the freaking cold in Inner Mongolia. (Good to be back in 32 degrees now). All in all it took us 38 hours to get back (two different trains). We also got a whole day in my third home, Beijing, where I captured the picture of the year:
A random guy asked for a picture with Ingvild, and she had to pull his ear. Wtf?! HAHAH!
Here we're back in San Li Tun <3 Strange feeling.
Hard sleepers on the train.
It was quite tiring being on the train, but we played games for hours (seven people travelling together), ate oreos and I had a comfy bunny suit, so it was ok.