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Month: August 2018

China was Hot’n’Fun

Socio-cultural climate into which I was plunged was an experience like no other. Beijing University was a universe of its own and I have never seen a university campus of that size. During my stay in Beijing I tried to take as much as possible of the city landscape but during the final days of

I feel like a Dothraki

After the mid-program break, my classes of Chinese got more intense. I was finally able to put together sentences in Chinese and have a basic conversation. My new professor was great. At the same time, I have finished my Political Science class and started Chinese Traditional Medicine class. TCM is a very interesting area to

China – Here we go again

The main reason why I chose this program is because I’ve got a taste of China already. I’m not just talking about the amazing cuisine, I’m talking about my visit to China few months ago. December of 2017, I visited Shanghai and Beijing for five days. The experience was beautiful but underwhelming and the only

Great Wall and the jungle called Beijing

I was truly happy when I found out that the portion of the Great Wall we’ll be visiting is not the portion I’ve visited before. As the popular Pokemon theme song suggests, ‘Gotta catch them all’.  Taking a bus out of the city gave me a beautiful glimpse of the place. I saw the Bird’s

Breaking up with Beijing

After one month spent in Beijing it was time for a break. Not that Beijing is not fun and amusing, but traveling around China is amazing. My friends and I packed our things and got on an overnight train to Shanghai. I have been to Shanghai before, so I took us to my favorite spot

Pre-Departure

Prior to arriving in Beijing, I actually started my trip in Wenzhou in the Zhejiang province. I thought I would visit some family first before my study abroad program. It had been about 10 years since I’d last been there last and it was truly a pleasure seeing my extended family again. I’m glad I

CNN Reports: China Region(Beijing) Set to Become Deadliest Heat Wave Zone

It’s no secret that Climate Change has been a burning issue for quite sometime, but it is much more prevalent in certain areas, like Beijing for example. Though I have become somewhat use to the heat in Beijing, 110 degrees every single day is pretty excessive. Everyone in the program is coping by blasting their

How Wet are the Wetlands

There are times when the mind believes teleportation is possible. I thought I was still in Beijing that morning. Before I knew it, one look outside the window told me our bus was rumbling through the dark streets of Hangzhou, pouring rain blurring my vision. Chatting with the Wanxiang student ambassadors was merry. I wanted