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Going Up One More Floor

Guess where. Above 90 degree temperatures with sweltering humidity. Overwhelming swarms of people. Buzzing mosquitoes. Delicious food. Pandas. Yup, that’s my tropical island mansion. Well, I wish at least. I actually only left China a few days ago, where I am now currently relaxing with my aunt and uncle in San Diego. And to be

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

The Wayward Path Ends Where It Began

This has been a time of change. I like to think of change as a baby elephant we are always riding. With more change, more age, the elephant grows up and inevitably, we become more aware of the world around us. It was just one week ago that I hurriedly scribbled away the last words

Summer Palace

Our last excursion of the program was Summer Palace. It’s only a subway stop or two away from Peking University East Gate subway station, so you could even go on your own and explore! There is New Summer Palace and Old Summer Palace. We went to the new one. The day began with intermittent raindrops

Drinking Tea for Class

I was in the Media and IMC program in China, and this summer was different than before summers in structure and learning material. Our very own Northwestern IMC Professor Paul Wang taught the class, and he was the first professor to encourage doodling and creating art for the sake of arousing our imagination during discussion.

Almost done!

During the last two weeks of this program, I learned more about tuina, which is Chinese massage. There are many techniques, such as rolling manipulation (“rotating the forearm outward and inward in circles to lead to the flexion and extension of the wrist joint”). I really enjoyed being able to try the techniques in class.

Recommendations of Places to Visit!

Outside from the daily classes of Chinese language and Public Health, there are many opportunities to explore some of the major tourist attractions in China. Out of all the different places, two of my favorites were the Temple of Heaven and the Beijing Olympic Park. Both are easily accessible, with the most cost efficient method

Tower to Tower

Even a year ago, I would have never imagined that I would see the Great Wall of China with my very own eyes, let alone climb it. The day began at 6:00 AM, when we boarded the bus for a two-hour drive to the section of the Great Wall that we would climb. I had

Huangshan & Hangzhou: An Unexpected Journey

I still can’t believe I’m nearing the end of my sixth week here in China. These last few weeks have been hectic and not to mention incredibly adventurous. Two weeks ago, a group of friends and I went to Huangshan City and Hangzhou for our long weekend break. Initially, I was nervous about going on

Say Hi to Shanghai!

Hello hello! I cannot believe that I am nearing the end of my fifth week here. Again, time has flown by so quickly. And with passing the halfway mark means that I have taken my long week break! I chose to go to Shanghai. After living in both Beijing and New York, I never thought