On Friday March 6, we went to Kenting – the southmost town of Taiwan for an adventurous foray into the world beneath the waves. Students dressed in special clothing and had a safety lesson before going down the water with two experienced coaches. Under the watchful eyes of our coached, students were given the rare opportunity to be a part of the beautiful and richly-populated underwater world. A plethora of colorful fish and alien like coral reefs greeted us at every turn. Everyone was fascinated by the scenery under water and some commented that it is even prettier the world above water. After the exciting adventure beneath the water, we talked about oceanic sustainability in small groups.
This morning we left Taiwan and head south to Sun-moon lake, known for its breath-taking natural beauty. We took our Mandarin lesson to go and spent an hour reviewing the past-tense in Chinese and how to construct a diary in Mandarin. Students were focused and actively participated in language activities.
After a three-hour drive on the twists and turns along Taiwan’s mountain roads, we finally arrived in Sun-moon lake national scenic area. Sun-moon lake is like a piece of beautiful jade surrounded by lush forests. All of us were amazed by the beautiful scenery bestowed by nature. By the sun-moon lake, we also had an exciting experience of taking the cable car, where we had a chance to appreciate the lake from above.
In the afternoon, we went to a buddhist temple near the Sun-moon lake, which is called Xuanzang Temple. Xuanzang is a well-knowleged monk who truly existed in Tang Dynasty. He traveled 25000km to India by feet and brought original Buddhist texts to China. After paying respect to the buddha status in the temple, we had a discussion on the difference between Taoist temple we visited two days ago and this Buddhist temple as well as the influence of the two religions on Chinese culture.
We have arrived in Taipei at 5am on Feb 26. As soon as we left the airport, we started our day with a nice breakfast in a local restaurant.