This week is my first week working in InternChina and my first trip I attended organised by them.
We had all planned to meet at Xinnanmen Station for an early 9am departure to make our way to Dayi. We had a slight hiccup as the lady at the bus station gave us the wrong information and to get the Dayi we had to get a bus from Chadianzi Station, which was on the other side of the city! Six tired interns and one journey across the city we finally left Chengdu at 11am.
Dayi is a county of Sichuan Province, about 68km west of Chengdu. The journey from Chengdu to Dayi was about an hour, so it didn’t really take too long. But it was definitely long enough for that much needed nap all of us took on the way there.
Once we had arrived at Dayi, the first thing we noticed was how clean the was air was and we even got to enjoy a bit of sun (the sun is a rare thing in Chengdu).
We went to visit a place called Baiyansi, it had lots of nature and beautiful scenery. It was shame that that the leaves had already fallen and we were not able to see the trees full of golden leaves which was one of the main reasons for our visit to Dayi! We felt so sad that some of our interns put leaves in their hair.
I knew that there would be lots of walking but I didn’t expect it to be hilly as it was. I didn’t manage to make it all the way up, but the majority of the interns did. I think that next time I would definitely take more food with me, I’m not the one who can manage on just snacks!
My favourite part of the trip was seeing the white pagoda that we had passed on the way up.
It was also interesting to see the long stairway that was lined with different Buddhas at either side.
It was definitely worth the trip and having enjoyed the nice air of the countryside I feel that escaping the city once in a while is definitely on my list.
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