Nanjing, China: The six young reporters from the Olympic Council of Asia and the six reporters from Nanjing spent the day getting to know each other better while on a tour of the magnificent city of Nanjing together.
At first, we went to the Nanjing Massacre memorial of 1937, and the atmosphere there was almost inevitably rather dark and quiet but it lightened up as we progressed through with the city tour. At our next stop, the Ming tomb, we had to hike a long way but this allowed us all to talk and laugh with each other and also gave us a lot of opportunities to take group photos. As we sweated away in the heat, we could not help but feel grateful for the dozens of drink stands which were all over the place more or less like a blessing in disguise.
After that, we went to a lovely park at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen mausoleum where it was filled with beautiful doves scattered all over the place. We actually managed to catch a white dove, but released it soon after taking pictures with it.
In the evening, we all went to a lovely restaurant by the riverside next to the Confucius Temple where we tasted local Nanjing cuisine and got to know each other even better as we chatted away for hours. Following that, the youth reporters exchanged souvenirs while on a boat ride where we heard traditional Chinese music while dancers performed on the riverbanks under neon lights which seemed to light up the night. Our bags filled with souvenirs, cameras filled with pictures and our stomachs filled with all the yummy food, it was finally time to say goodbye.
We walked through a market place which seemed to have anything one would ever need and laughed all the way until we got back on the bus. Although the week we spent together seemed to fly by so fast, I couldn’t help but feel that I knew my new friends for years.
By Erdene Baigali
OCA Young Reporter, Mongolia