On our first full day in Hunan Province, we spent the day in the national park in Zhang Jia Jie. Meet Seon Ho and Kimberly who will tell you all about it.
“My name is Seon Ho, as you can see from my name, I am Korean (South). I am now in ChangSha, in Hunan province of China. We are learning about Mao Ze Dong’s revolution and his impact on China; it would be very suitable for this year’s NHD theme–revolution, reaction, reform. I have also participated in NJHD (National Junior History Day at Concordia International School) last year when I was 8th grader. This morning we went to Zhang Jia Jie, and of course we saw the mountains and peaks. There were many interesting things there, including an echoing rock where we all shouted very random things (one of our group members shouted ‘I like potato!’). Also, there were numerous mountain peaks and clouds combined which made beautiful scenery. There were surely a lot of tourists and pictures taken. Although the cable cars we took- to go to up to peaks and down to the ground level- scared some of us, we got to hear songs from the Miao tribe (minority group of China) and also saw some monkeys. ” –Seon Ho
“Welcome to Zhang Jia Jie! Today’s blogpost is brought to you by Kimberly (who just turned 15). I am a freshman and have not done the real NHD, but the junior one. This is my second year living in Shanghai, and it is going great. Before moving to this big Chinese foreign city, I had been living in a suburban city in the state of Michigan.
After an exhausting morning of hiking in Pandora (unfortunately did not see a flying Na’Vi creature) we were finally on the valleys of the national park. (Editor’s note: some parts of Avatar were filmed in the park.)
When meandering through the valley, seeing the towering structures of sandstone, I was surprised. The one thing that really surprised me was the creativity of the Chinese people on their way of interpreting the sandstone statues into people such as Josef Stalin. Want to find pure natural water in China? Quit searching Shanghai’s Huangpu River; instead, check out Zhang Jia Jie’s crystal clear streams. Literally, you can see the fish’s scales in the water! Although the walk took an eternity, the experience is definitely worth it!” –Kimberly
The park is both beautiful and peaceful. It was a wonderful way to start out journey, as part of the Long March went through this area. Today there are well-groomed paths that meander through the park, but in the 1930’s during the Long March, there were no easy paths. The vegetation is lush and dense–good for hiding from the Kuomintang, but very difficult to march through. It took great will as well as stamina for the Red Army to march through the forest here. –CG