|Dan in front of the colossal statue of Yongchuan’s patron goddess|
|The countryside of Yunnan is lovely break from the continuous, busy city life.|
|At night the ancient towns that surround the modern commercial center of the city look like glowing embers.|
Outside the work environment I take the opportunity in exploring all the facets of culture that my current community offers. With the least amount of effort I am able to come across thousands of years of history that manifests in the traditional food, customs, and ancient ruins in my surrounding community—a bus ride away can take a person to 1,000-year-old fishing towns, or to view massive ancient Buddhist rock carvings.
|These pictures are of my favorite places around my university's campus.|
|These massive 1,000 year old Buddhist rock carvings can be found in the forests right outside Yongchuan’s city limits.|