How I visited a very rural school in China

A few days later we were on the train to go visit a school we know absolutely nothing about putting all of our trust into a teacher I met for only a few hour.

A little bit about my Chinese friend that I met on the train

Yes, China has “standing” tickets where you can ride on the train for a very insignificant amount and sit in the isle or stand for 20 hours at a time.

She however cannot live with her husband for more the forty days a year because she is a teacher at the rural school that is three hours away from the main city of Lanzhou.

Trip to the rural school in Gangsu Province

The view of the rural village and farm lands in December.
The schools main building.

Three buses later, with chickens running up and down the isles and curious glances from the locals, we arrived at the school.

When Marjorie and I arrived at the school we realized that we were there the first white people that the kids have ever seen and the first foreign friends to visit the school.

Our wonderful friend — Shi Xiao Ping and her students at the school.

Every time our plate was empty our teacher friend would fill the plates with more food. We didn’t pick any of our own food.

Our accommodations for a few days.
Marjorie washing her hands.

Inside the dormitory which was located on the first floor in a building that slightly resembled a concrete shack we had a basin with hot clean boiled water. The students rushed to prepare the coal and wooden stove for us so we could have a way to keep warm while we slept.

At night Marjorie and I slept in the same single bed, fully clothed for warmth, head to toe in opposite directions for extra room.

The bed where Marjorie and I slept. Usually this is where two teachers live Monday to Friday.

The bathroom was outside and consisted of holes in the ground where you could absolutely see everything if you looked down.

Sitting around with the girls in their dorm was a beautiful moment. The lights went out signalling that the girls should go to bed, but instead they turned on their night lamps and sang us songs in the dark.



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