On our final long weekend of the semester, I headed to Xi’an to see a few things. Xi’an is most well-known for the Terra Cotta warriors that guard Emperor Qin’s tomb. I’d never seen anything like it, the excavation was as grander than I could ever imagine. But before we went to see the 兵马俑, we actually spent our first day climbing up Mt. Huashan. Well, technically, it’s Mount Hua because shān by itself already means mountain. But most people recognize the landmark by the name, Mount Huashan 华山. We spent about four hours on the hike, it was by far one of the most steepest hikes I’ve ever had to do. But when we got to the top, it was all worth the ache in the following days. On our last day in Xi’an, we rented some bikes from our hostel and spent the entire day exploring the city! The heat was tremendous but I had an absolute wonderful time.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Aloha! Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Natalie Lau currently attends Villanova University in Pennsylvania. She is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Finance and International Business and a minor in Chinese Studies. Natalie loves playing the cello, tap dancing, singing, photography, swimming, and (of course) hanging out at the beach. Studying abroad in Shanghai, China has been Natalie's long time goal and she is so excited for this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse herself in to Chinese culture. Her goals during this semester abroad is to attain a high level of fluency in Mandarin and grasp a better understanding of the Chinese business culture. She is extremely excited to experience a new learning environment and create new relationships!</span></p>