This past Friday, Sal and I joined the Wuxi international club for a guided tour of a historical "famous" academy located in Wuxi. Donglin Academy, built in AD1111, was the place for Yang Shi, a well-known scholar at that time, to give lectures.
[Pan pool- built for peaceful reflection]
[ enamored with the circular doorways]
[ sitting in wancui house, a lecture room]
[ playing outside on a beautiful day]
All in all it was a beautiful tour, although, I have to admit, the educational message of the tour was lost on me, as it is impossible to listen to the guide while chasing a toddler away from ancient artifacts and open waterways.
I've always shied away from doing these types of tours, but I really enjoyed getting to see a little bit of Wuxi's history, and think that we will sign up for more in the future. I'd hate for my time here to be spent holed up in our apartment, or only seeing shopping malls, grocery stores and indoor playgrounds. Sal is so little he won't remember any of this life in China, so it's my duty to get out and take pictures for him to look back on as he grows up.
Plus, an afternoon with friends?
Can't beat that.
Interested in learning more about the history of the academy?
Check out this link: http://www.wxdlsy.com/eabout.htm