In the morning the students visited a Dai temple, the largest and best preserved temple complex at the foot of Mount Tai.The students looked at the mural depicting the God of Mt. Tai, later creating and performing some drama sketches for their peers.
About the hike: From the Starting point (Zhongtianmen) to End Point (Nantianmen) will be a distance of 4.13km, climbing 3967 steps. It takes the average hiker 2 to 3 hours climbing up. It takes about 10 minutes going up via cable car. It takes the average hiker about 90 minutes hiking down from the ending point (Nantianmen) to the starting point (Zhongtianmen).
At the end point (Nantianmen) we will have a Poetry and Gratitude/Minfulness activity and also take a rest. - We will hike back down as a big group to Zhongtianmen and then take a shuttle bus back to the base and walk to the buses to go to dinner.
The hike up and down the mountain was challenging, however, all of the students succeeded. Sitting amidst eighty 'meditating' Year 7 students near the mountain peak and receiving a Chinese history lesson from one of the students on the walk down were magical moments.
Udpate from: Ms. Karolyn Mandy, Head of Year 7