The Gao Xin school organized our trip to Yunnan province, including stops in Kunming, Lijiang, and Chuxiong. We spent a lot of time on the bus and were more than ready to get out and stretch our legs when we arrived at the shopping district in Dali pictured below.
Our stay in Lijiang Ancient Town was a highlight of the trip. This picture was taken on our first night. The students are joined by our guide and Mr. Song, our calligraphy teacher, under a canopy of hand-painted messages that people hang for luck.
Most of the group caused quite a stir at the Stone Forest in Kunming. Mr. Song and I had to fight through a mess of Chinese tourists with their cameras to capture this moment on film. I had to throw a few elbows to get to the front of the crowd and I’d do it all over again for this picture if I had to.