Day 6: Children’s Village & Greater Wild Goose Pagoda

On Day 6, we got to experience something that I will never forget. We traveled to Children’s Village to visit the children there. Children’s Village is a foster home for children whose parents are in prison. On this short trip here, I got to meet many of the kids. One girl, especially, touched my heart.

I first met Rui Xue, an eight year old girl, when I saw her pulling Chloe along. Confused, Chloe had no idea what was going on or where this little girl was taking her. I asked the girl where she was going, and she just laughed and said she didn’t know. Although Rui Xue is very shy, I feel like we connected very well. She held my hand when she was afraid of introducing herself to the other university students. I got to learn about her likes and dislikes. She loves eating ice cream, and her favorite color is white. She dislikes playing basketball. When she smiles, her eyes light up, and her cheeks become flushed with a vibrant rosy color. I’m very happy I met her, and I hope that I get the chance to see her again in the future.

Later on in the day, we took a tourist stop at the Greater Wild Goose Pagoda. At this site, we got to learn about Buddhism. The temples were very beautiful and ornate. It was quite interesting. However, it was difficult for me to maintain my focus due to my growing hunger.

Once we got back to hotel, a group of my friends and I decided to try out Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut in China is much fancier than in America. The menu offered much more variety higher end foods ranging from lasagna to steak, bubble tea to wine. It was a great experience and the food was delicious!

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