After a 2-hour journey, the students finally arrived at our destination. Following the instructor’s directions, the students put on their helmets and searchlights and changed into light protective clothing and eagerly set off for the caves in the hinterlands of the mountain.
The students lined up nervously but excitedly to hike toward the cave. On the way, the students were greeted by a shepherd with a flock of sheep. The goats bleated at the students as if they knew that they were heading to explore the caves today giving them encouragement.! It was a wonderful encounter with the breeze and birds singing.
The trail to the cave was rugged, really not a trail at all! The students followed the instructor slowly through the canyon, at times climbing on their hands and knees, at other times going downward. For many of these 8th graders were getting their first taste of the hardships of exploring nature even before they entering the cave. Mr. Lu Xun’s famous quote comes to mind, “There is no road in the world, but the more people walk, the more there is a road.”
The students stopped for their lunch break sharing food, chatting and replenishing their energy with friends after a difficult walk through the canyon. On the final leg of their journey and after a narrow climb up the mountain, the cave on the cliff was in sight. The students were instantly in high spirits and eager to take the plunge.
The cave was obscurely lit and unfathomably deep. The students’ anticipation was at its peak! Before they started exploring the cave, the instructor gave them a detailed introduction to the history of the cave. They learned that this seemingly ordinary cave had been formed hundreds of years ago, and that the stalactites inside the cave only grows 0.02cm a year! On the walls of the cave, there are small hibernating bats and crickets which made the children even more curious.
The students overcame their fears and faced the mystery of the caves! The students put down their backpacks and divided into two groups to follow the instructor on a group cave adventure! At first there was plenty of space and the students followed the instructor’s footsteps through the rocks of the cave, but the deeper they went into the cave, the more difficult the path became, with most of the cave only being passable by one person. There were narrow paths included slippery steps, rock walls that need to be climbed with the help of ropes, some parts required crawling or can only be passed by lying down ……. Faced with such unimaginable challenges and the uncertainty of what lay ahead, the students may have wanted to give up. However, whenever someone was scared and wanted to stop, his or her classmate would give encouragement, lend a helping hand, or offer advice on how to overcome the difficulties!