Tucked in the hinterlands lies the province of Shanxi (Chinese: 山西; literally “West of the Mountains”), a less than an hour plane ride from Beijing, considered as part of the North China region. The main physical characteristic of Shanxi consists of a plateau bounded partly by mountain ranges.
The experience was further reinforced as the group traversed a range of mountains. An hour or so away traveling in the windy but smooth mountain roads, we expected to be brought to an idyllic nature spot. What we saw went beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
My appreciation for the trip and the lessons I would take home were made more colorful by my interaction with the other participants that came from eleven different countries including Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius, Maldives, Mali, Malawi, Columbia, Pakistan, and Nepal.
Without the support of the China’s Ministry of Commerce, IPRCC, School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University and the distinguished local organizers, a student like me would not have had the chance to experience a trip that has since given me a newfound understanding on what comprehensive development really means!