Can't say I didn't warn you, though.
Yesterday, we returned to the Shouyi Community Centre and received a more in depth experience with traditional Chinese medicine
. Making sure that all patients were treated first, the doctors performed various treatments on everyone in the group. A couple of us received acupuncture, a few received a cupping treatment, and one person received a massage. We then learned much more about the uses and the philosophy behind these treatments and how valuable they are both alone, and as adjunct therapy for many conditions.
In the afternoon, the Wuhan students took us to the Hubei Provincial Museum. The museum was very large with at least three levels devoted to the historical items found in the Hubei province. Our student guides were extremely knowledgeable about Hubei history and we toured the museum until closing time. Some of the key features of the exhibits were the ancient instruments of the Hubei province. The most striking one was a massive instrument composed of rows and rows of bronze bells. Between touring the exhibits, we all attended a musical show in which musicians played each of the ancient instruments featured in the museum. The music was quite lovely, and the entire show was very beautiful.
Today was the most active day in our week. We accompanied the Wuhan students to a local gymnasium for a morning filled with badminton Many of our group had not played badminton in quite a while whereas the Wuhan students play on a much more regular basis
. Regardless of our experience, we all had a very good, competitive time and worked up quite a sweat. After our morning exercise, we took a break for lunch at a local cafeteria. Next up on the agenda was a Chinese calligraphy course with our student group as well as few other students who were especially skilled in the calligraphy art. The students demonstrated how to use bamboo and animal hair brushes to create standard and simplified Chinese characters. Seeing just how much detail and attention goes into every brush stroke was amazing to behold, and I feel we all left with a great appreciation for the art. Our last business of the day was an afternoon kungfu (kongfu) class downtown. When we walked into the studio, we were treated to oolong tea shortly before being greeted by the studio master. Over the course of the class, he taught us basic posture and fundamentals of kongfu. His mastery of kongfu was incredible, and we feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from such an accomplished master.
The last few days have been busy but extremely fulfilling. Tomorrow, we head into the Wuhan countryside and I don't think we could be more excited
Before you read this entry, you should know that it may sound very boring and bland. The reason for this change in tone is because OGATCHI (Organization for Global something something) has requested that all of us provide an entry for the official site. You know, the one the rest of the Duke community gets to see. Therefore, the blog is strictly regulated and I can't type just anything... So instead I took ALL the flavour out. This is a mashed potatoes kind of entry and you won't like it, but neither do I.