Welcome, pen pal! If you guessed that I'm visiting China, you guessed correctly!
See that furry little creature above? It's a panda! Not a black-and-white giant panda, but a red panda! Giant pandas are the national animal of China, but red pandas live here too.
And do you remember that photo of me with the big statue of Buddha? That's the Leshan Giant Buddha! It's a pretty amazing statue, carved right into a cliff with a river flowing by its feet. Just look at how big his head is compared to all those people! The Leshan Giant Buddha was built between 713 and 803 CE, over 1200 years ago... that's pretty old.
Stuff You Might Not Know!
You probably know tons of stuff about China already, like how it has the Great Wall of China and the most people of any country in the world. But I bet there are plenty of things you don't know about China...
That's not a painting, it's a photo! Did you know that there's a place in China that people call the Rainbow Mountains? It's a place full of rare and colorful rock formations in Zahngye National Geopark. Over thousands of years, earth, wind and rain have formed these huge mountains into what now looks like a layered rainbow cake!
(Photo By Nihaopaul - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4837593)
China also has its own Lost City of Atlantis! Except this city isn't lost, we know exactly where it is. In fact, the ancient city of Shi Cheng was flooded on purpose! The city of Shi Cheng was built almost 2000 years ago. But today, it lies at the bottom of a man-made lake. Get your scuba gear and check it out!
(Photo By Zhangzhugang - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28524905)
There's also the Hanging Temple, also called the Xuankong Temple. It's built right into a cliff almost 250 feet above the ground! It was built over 1,500 years ago. Legend says that the first Hanging Temple was built by just one monk. Of course, it's gotten a bit bigger over the years, but that's still pretty impressive!
There's a lot more to see in China, believe me! In fact, I'm traveling to a place unlike any other (there's a little teaser image below!). Can't wait to tell you about it in my next letters, pen pal!