China · 30 Days · 41 Moments · May 2017

Study Abroad China


24 June 2017

DM Shanghai #4 Beijing- the brand to me is a combination of bringing the old with the new. I felt very immersed with the culture just for a he sole fact that, at least to me, it felt like everywhere you turned there was a form of history, with a modern twist such as adding lights to make it visible at night. Xi'an - to me, it felt like the brand here was more of a working zone. Everyone here was very dedicated to their work even if they did not inform us of it! Hangzhou- the brand here is of a labor working class with all of the tea fields. Going to the tea house and seeing how much work and effort goes into making sure the tea leaves are perfect it very time consuming and that is what I most relate to Hangzhou about, and their weather! Suzhou- the brand I am giving them is silk, the reason being is because we saw a lot of silk ships as well as museums and the actual process of creating silk in this city. Shanghai- futuristic. Everywhere you turn there is a higher building around
Cc2Yesterday was a crazy day at Disney! We were literally running back and fourth through tomorrow land and fantasy land, trying to appease everyone! Then around 230 we realize that we were all STARVING! That is why I choose to get a tomato and basil balsamic pizza. It was also the cheapest option that they had when it came to food choice. For that small pizza alone it was 70 ¥. Not only was location a factor of where we were going to eat but the plan for that day also helped make the decision. I wouldn't say it was an impulse buy because that was the only thing that I had at Disney, but I would definitely say it was a hunger buy! Even though i was buying out of hunger and price range, I was very surprised with how good the pizza tasted! I am a fan of thin crust, and the crust on the pizza was perfectly crisp and the flavors were actually really good. Another thing that I enjoyed was the fact that we're we got pizza had two other choices: noodles and rice bowls, making the experience!

22 June 2017

CC Shanghai #3 Depending on the persons point of view, tourism is the worst thing that has happened when it comes to protecting cultural landmarks/ objects representing the past. I, however, am not that with that point of view. I believe that tourists help protect and restore cultural co text for a couple reasons. The first is because with tourist coming to cultural landmarks, it gives the government a reason to preserve that area. It sets up borders to help keep the people away (most of the time, not like in the wax museum we went to...) With tourism, especially in places like temples or known landmarks, it is actually a huge benefit in my opinion! The reason I say that is because with the known fact that people are willing to see that cultural landmark, it will give whatever corporation that is in charge of it notice to keep it in pristine condition. Not only will they try to preserve the original items, but tourism also helps with motivation to restore and keep culture alive!
DM Shanghai #3 I felt like the lecture this morning was extremely fast paced, but I did learn a lot from it. The main objective that I learned was how different the western and eastern parts of china are when it comes to tourism. The major difference between the two comes down to one thing: development. With the western portion of china, it is definitely underdeveloped. It is also, at least to me, the more traditional version of what china was. In the presentation it seem like there was so much more raw cultural experiences that were not transformed into an attraction. Completely different when it comes to the eastern part of china. In the east, especially the cities that we have visited, they are more catered to the tourists needs. The slide that was presented when discussing the differences made that very clear! With the eastern side, everything ended with tourism; the only one on the western was cultural tourism. I feel like this made me more aware of development within China!
1. Shanghai day #2 When we visited the wax museum at the bottom of the pearl tower, I was shocked to find out how inappropriate the Chinese people are acting towards their own museum. The Chinese people were climbing all over the wax manikins, opening and closing our doors that they should've never been near, and putting their children into the exhibits and letting them run around and touch on the mannequins. I was very shocked that they had no one there monitoring all the exhibits work specifically said no touching. Unfortunately that really impacted the way that I see their museums just because of the fact that I feel like there is no respect for them. And that really hindered my own experience in the museum because I was relatively upset the entire time. Unfortunately, the best way that I think could be able to fix that issue is not to get more security, but to just put up a glass case or on the exhibits. I think that would be the most effective way to stop what was happening.
2. Shanghai day #2. There are multiple reasons on why the ping-pong diplomacy in 1971 has significance in both the Chinese and American culture. It is said that and starting in 1953 the Chinese dominated the ping-pong game and was constantly winning The world championships. However, What makes it so interesting to me, is the fact that they had it 1967 and 1969, the Chinese did not participate in the world championship due to issues with their communist country. With that being said, in 1971 they did except the invitation in order to participate in the competition. What makes it so interesting to me, is the fact that they had certain actions plan down to a T, in order to make things go their way. The first thing that they put down was to randomly give a gift to an American ping-pong player. From that everyone thought that it was a rare and plate friendship. The ping-pong player was Glenn Cowan. He and return gave the Chinese player a T-shirt. That was the beginning of the relationship

20 June 2017

There is a lot of history between Suzhou and Shanghai! Before shanghai started all it's renovations, Suzhou was known for farmers and a wealthy lifestyle. In 1995, that was the start of shanghai becoming a known place for tall buildings and skyscrapers. After a couple years of the renovations, the farmers from Suzhou started coming to Shanghai. Shanghai is known as the head of the dragon, a place for opportunity.The farmers would always dream of coming to Shanghai. Unfortunately for them sometimes dreams turn into nightmares. According to Jeffrey, roughly about 6 million farmers headed back to Suzhou because of a disappointment and Shanghai. Shanghai Esta post to be the steppingstone, a place of opportunity. Unfortunately because Shanghai is such a futuristic area,The farmers were not getting hired for jobs because of not knowing English,not understanding how to use a computer, and the fact that there are people born here,driving in the education requirements that are needed to succeed
My first impression is a little conflicted because I know a couple people that absolutely hate it here. Trying to keep that on the back burner, my first impression is a relative good one. When Jeff first woke us up and said we had 30 minutes before lunch, I was looking out the window and it seemed kind of run down and dirty. As we got further into Shanghai, you could visibly see the incorporation of technology and futuristic buildings. I have also noticed that out of all of the cities that we have been to on this trip, it appears that shanghai definitely has a lot more smog, and a lot more traffic. Driving to the city, you can progressively see The cities transformation, from the old portion to the new and modern portion. I would even go as far as saying that Shanghai is very futuristic. Aside from the architecture and the buildings, which are absolutely amazing! My first impression is in awe. When we went up the pearl tower, I am terrified of heights. But I'm glad that I experienced!
DM Shanghai #4 Beijing- the brand to me is a combination of bringing the old with the new. I felt very immersed with the culture just for a he sole fact that, at least to me, it felt like everywhere you turned there was a form of history, with a modern twist such as adding lights to make it visible at night. Xi'an - to me, it felt like the brand here was more of a working zone. Everyone here was very dedicated to their work even if they did not inform us of it! Hangzhou- the brand here is of a labor working class with all of the tea fields. Going to the tea house and seeing how much work and effort goes into making sure the tea leaves are perfect it very time consuming and that is what I most relate to Hangzhou about, and their weather! Suzhou- the brand I am giving them is silk, the reason being is because we saw a lot of silk ships as well as museums and the actual process of creating silk in this city. Shanghai- futuristic. Everywhere you turn there is a higher building around

19 June 2017

1.There are a lot of different activities that can create a city to become a tourist destination. In Suzhou, even though we were here for just a small amount of time, we did a lot of things that I found extremely interesting as a tourist. One of my favorite parts was definitely the silk museum. I really enjoyed watching the workers create silk pictures that look like paintings. I wish I could show you some of that really showed me that they knew what they were doing, but pictures are not allowed! Another aspect that makes me believe that Suzhou is a good tourist destination, is the fact that no matter the weather, The workers are still willing to go out into the lake & give us a boat tour. What I really enjoyed on the boat tour was the fact that we saw multiple aspects of their city that I would never have gotten to see otherwise. I also really enjoyed the architecture of the multiple bridges that we passed by on the boat tour. The city really caters to tourist needs, benefiting them!
2. In china, I have definitely noticed a difference when it comes to the people and how they approach friendships and relationships. I have noticed that in terms of gender, the females that I have talked to in the universities are more open about keeping in contact than the males. I have also noticed age barriers, where the younger generation is more open to long term orientation. An example of this is at the university in Xi'an, I met a girl named Vikki. Her & I still talk every day about nothing & everything! At first we just talked about school and work, very general topics. Now, every day we talk & it's about different topics & sending each other pictures of what we did that day. Then in the university of Hangzhou, I had another really good conversation with a gentleman named Nick. He was a really sweet & shy guy. He also already had two degrees and was going for his PhD. Him and I connected, but it was a short term orientation because when I asked for his WeChat he said no, short

18 June 2017

2. In my experience, rest & relaxation are two totally different concepts when it comes to comparing the Chinese vs American Culture. In America, rest & relaxation normally means going to the beach, suntanning, spa days... normally other activities that involve others. Another example is if you are an introvert & you enjoy reading or painting, just being by yourself, and I think in the Chinese culture, that is the majority of the rest and relaxation stage is geared more towards an introvert approach. What I mean by that is they generally like to be in the silence, and we as Americans, are generally too loud for this culture. I think because this is such a quiet culture, that when they sit out in the gardens and drink hot tea it is a very stimulating portion of how they are so peaceful. One thing that I have definitely noticed, is that you don't really see a lot of people becoming upset, or even having road range. I think the reason is because they are generally calmer here in china!
2. The craft that I'm going to be talking about is extracting silk from the cocoons of silkworms. Not only is it a very time-consuming process, but it has to be done in a specific way in order for the product to meet the quality that is selling us. One thing that I found really interesting as it is not just a couple steps to create silk. There are five sleep cycles that the worms have to go through first, after that there is quite a few cycles to create the silk. There are also multiple ways of extracting the silk to create different items. The first one that I'm going to be talking about is where they extract the silk from the cocoons, creating thread. That one is not necessarily a handcraft but in order to get the cocoons ready for the machine to extract the soak, that portion of it is a handcraft. They have to monitor how many cocoons they're working with, as well as using a hand brush to get any additional soak off the cocoons before they use the machine to thread them.

17 June 2017

1. There are two main points that I would like to focus on when it comes to tourism, and how it has impacted the economy as well as their beliefs, both going hand in hand. One thing that I have noticed which I find somewhat strange is the fact that we have to get tickets for the temples. I'm some cultures you do not need to pay in order to give respect and pray. I think the reasoning is because of tourism. For instance, at home, there is a church that you have to pay in order to attend its events (shows of prayer as well as story of Jesus... etc.) the reason I bring this up is because in prior years, all you had to do was donate, now it's a ticket, results from popularity I am assuming. Another example is how when tourist come to visit their town such as WuZhen, we were their business. We were literally walking through their homes and they were trying so hard to make us want to shop with them. Even if we offered too little they would try to negotiate which I can respect, it's a living
1. I definitely have to say that when it comes to all the cities that we have visited one thing that means the most to me, the pictures can never do as well as the real thing, is the scenery. There are a couple things today that I wish could've captured the significance. One thing was the word museum that we wanted to today. I thought that it was just going to be small pieces of carvings that were kind of rotted and wouldn't meet any expectations. However, I was presently surprised when I realized it was not just small pieces, but huge pieces such as boats. Another pleasant surprise was when I saw a lady handwoven thread together in order to go to her machine to make the fabric. On the same track as the wood museum, there is also an bed frame museum. The intricate detail in the bed frames was truly amazing. I also really enjoyed the gondola ride, I have never been on a boat where someone was rowing and it was a whole new intangible experience that I did not know I was missing out on!

16 June 2017

1. My opinion of smart hotels is a really positive one for a lot of reasons! The first reason I can't me, was the fact that it is not just for the hotels personal use. What I mean by that is how he said that even the guy asked can I ask how much water and electricity they used to realize how much they're being green. I really like that aspect, especially because in the United States, becoming a green hotel is a trending topic right now. The next reason that I really like the idea of this for hotels is because it caters to the guest. I don't think that it's going to be too personal and giving out information the way that some people thought, but I do believe that being able to monitor what that guest is doing and then being able to repeat that product will definitely impress the guest in terms of service. It's almost like going back to the same restaurant over and over and that's over remembering what it is you like to order. It is the exact same concept and I'm really excited!
2. One thing that I have noticed, not just in he university that we visited today but in all of the universities so far is that they have a high power dimension. One thing that I have noticed is that as Americans, we see ourselves on the same level as our professors. If they say picture time, we all get up & prepare to pose, in this country, the students patiently wait until the professors are situated & then only move when they are told to do so. Another major example that I noticed is during the encounters with the other students. Today I was talking to a guy named Nick. He was very polite & for the first few minutes of the encounter, he pretty much let me do all the talking & question asking. He would answer the question completely, but would then wait for me to ask another question, there were quite a few awkward silences! Then I finally asked him if there was anything he would like to know about me or the US, and he was so excited & asked 1 question after another & was so happy!

15 June 2017

1From what I have observed in my time in china, they have a different approach when it comes to marketing. On thing that has really stood out to me, is how interactive the sellers are. I am a firm believer that marketing is more of a skill than an topic to learn. I would definitely learn more by doing than by reading a text book. A perfect example would be how they do everything in front of you. They grab your attentions by showing you what they can actually do. For example when we were walking the streets yesterday I paid more than I should have for three bracelets, but he made the bracelets right in front of me giving me an experience as well. Not only that but then you have the gentleman that was making glass ornaments right in front of you. When they start to show their skill and are not afraid to do it in front of you it says something about the quality of the product. With the marketing in china I have definitely realized that with something they are proud of, they don't bargain.
2I love this topic so much! There is something truly amazing about seeing the merge from the old with the new! In the pictures that I uploaded, I definitely believe the picture of the forbidden city Shows the true questions merging the old with the new. In The picture you can see the ancient roofs and the paint that is key for the ancient times. Then in the background you can see the skyscrapers. Not only does a picture say a thousand words, but there is a special meaning. With being on this trip, I have definitely noticed the impact, architecturally, of how the ancient buildings have influenced the modern building and their design. I definitely have a new appreciation of the architecture in china. When we were traveling through the cities, it did not really matter where we are, because there is always ancient and modern times intertwining. There is something crazy about how the times are changing, and how technology is impacting both modern and ancient buildings, like in the night pic
2. Being in china as long as we have, I have noticed that their are certain things that vary in their culture compared to the American culture. The first thing would be the use of chopsticks. As Americans, we aren't taught how to use chopsticks. That in turn, makes us unaware of how to use them unless we learn ourselves. Because of lack of teaching, we are prone to stabbing the food if we can't get it the first couple times. In the Chinese culture, if you stab with chopsticks, according to bing, you are indicating death because the chopsticks will represent the incense that are burned at a funeral, indicating when you stab a represent of death. Another example is giving a fan to a loved one. To Americans, that is us bringing back a souvenir to our loved ones. In the Chinese culture, if you give a fan to a (loved one) that is you breaking up with them and indicating that you would like space. To me that seems so crazy just because if the fact that you can have to beautiful fans.

14 June 2017

1. Technology is definitely changing the world that we live in! I have always been the person that is not very big with technology and doesn't really understand it. However, with that being said I can definitely appreciate the technology that China is using in order to enhance the guest experience when it comes to shows and being interactive. I'm going to use the example of the show last night on Westlake. It was truly one of the most amazing things I had ever seen. I look forward to the winter time because I love seeing everything lit up and everything just seem so much more peaceful and happy. So going to a show where the majority of the effects are done with lights and electronics made me extremely happy. Another example would the the bullet train. I have ridden trains and subways in New York prior to the strip and the experience was nothing on it. When you feel the train take off you can come to get the GeForce feeling of the train going 300km/h. Then it gets super smooth, amazing!
2Personally, I feel like I enjoyed the food in Xi'an A lot more than I did it in Beijing. I feel like in Beijing, the food was more foreign than I was expecting. There is a lot of different meats such as duck and them that I had never had before and don't know if I particularly enjoyed them. Then you have Xi'an, which I feel like the meet was A lot more tender and a lot more seasoned. The vegetables in Beijing were very traditional such as Chinese broccoli and sweet potato. Then in Xi'an we started getting more Americanized with American broccoli and snow peas and corn. Altogether I've enjoyed the food pretty much throughout China, but I have enjoyed the food and Xi'an a lot better! I have to say one of my favorite dishes throughout the entire trip was definitely the beef and mushrooms from the resort that we went to. That was some of the best food that I have ever had. Especially when it was more of a high-class area, the food was prepared a lot more elegantly. You eat with your eyes!

13 June 2017

1. My first impression of Hangzhou was actually a really positive one. Bing definitely had a really good first impression. As soon as he started talking and waiting for us we knew that he is going to be a good tour guide, he is extremely funny! Even though it was raining when we got here, it still seems to be a lot less populated than the other two cities. When we got to the hotel, it was automatically a good impression as well. Marriott is such a well known name, that it was already a sense of security and when we pulled into the parking lot. Then the impression you got better when one of their employees was waiting outside with an umbrella ready to walk each of us into the hotel! Another really good first impression that I had was the overall room. The beds were extremely comfortable and the room is very spacious. There is also a lot more supplies like a little tiny sewing kit! All in all, I am very impressed with this hotel, and this city as s whole!
2. One thing I learned about the Chinese culture is how strict they are. Are couple examples are when it comes to directions and emotions. Today we were all going to take a group picture... and what I noticed was that not one of the Chinese students moved. They all got out of their seat, but they water for directions until they made a moves the next example is how they are with emotions. I asked Vikki how it was in a family and she told me that she "has a 62 yr friend that hugs her and calls her sweetie but her parents never hug her or even say I love you". Me personally, that would tear me a part to feel like I was unloved or wanted, which I told her. Her response was that they show it in other ways such as cooking a big meal or even by inviting her into a group to converse over an issue. She said that "Everything works better as a group, for instance when we are talking now I am learning something new and different minds think differently and it can help make something amazing"

12 June 2017

Personally, I feel like I enjoyed the food in Xi'an A lot more than I did it in Beijing. I feel like in Beijing, the food was more foreign than I was expecting. There is a lot of different meats such as duck and them that I had never had before and don't know if I particularly enjoyed them. Then you have Xi'an, which I feel like the meet was A lot more tender and a lot more seasoned. The vegetables in Beijing were very traditional such as Chinese broccoli and sweet potato. Then in Xi'an we started getting more Americanized with American broccoli and snow peas and corn. Altogether I've enjoyed the food pretty much throughout China, but I have enjoyed the food and Xi'an a lot better! I have to say one of my favorite dishes throughout the entire trip was definitely the beef and mushrooms from the resort that we went to. That was some of the best food that I have ever had. Especially when it was more of a high-class area, the food was prepared a lot more elegantly. You eat with your eyes!
2. I think my biggest challenge so far is missing family. Because of the time difference it is kind of hard to talk to my aunt just because of the fact that she told me works nights, and then she sleeping with the time that we get home. Because of that I don't want to go to talk to her too much it's like a text here and there and if we're lucky maybe a FaceTime for like 10 minutes. I also miss my boyfriend a lot. And I talk a little bit more,but he's a history nerd, so it's like seeing all these places I have impacted the history of China, I know he would love it just as much as I do. The communication difference is definitely taking it's toll on me. Especially since I haven't been feeling good very well, I come back to the hotel and I go to bed. I don't take any extra time to try and talk to him or my aunt just because I am so completely exhausted. I have also been fighting with myself because I feel like I have been rude to the courtier and have been beating myself up for it.
1. So far, my favorite part of Xi'an has definitely been the terra-cotta warriors for a couple reasons. The first is because to see them in person is a totally different experience in seeing pictures of them. The fact that you can see that some of them still are not completely put together yet blows my mind. There was one exhibit where there was no full warrior, but just pieces of wire laying on the ground. The terra-cotta warriors was also something that zack is extremely jealous that I got to visit, so I think I'm a little biased! A couple things that truly made the experience memorable however, was the fact that there's two routers that every corner. I was able to get Zack a silver coin, and a small warrior. In my opinion it wasn't just the souvenirs and the terra-cotta warriors that made the experience memorable. There is also the amazing landscape behind it. I love being outdoors, so the fact that you could to the mountain range right behind it truly made The experience for me!

10 June 2017

2Today I learned a new phrase: giving face. In short term, it just means to be respectful to those around you and those who are hosting you. For example, I feel very rude because the night when we arrived in Xi'an, we were all very tired and did not really want to do the hotel tour. After Dr. Mejia explained to us about how much effort was put into the thought on both parts of planning and receiving, it changed the complete outlook. When we arrived we all put our adult pants on and went from being exhausted to energetic and eager to learn and ask questions! Another way that we showed face to our hosts was by completely eating most of the food that they brought out! We also did a lot of eye contact and handshakes. I learned that I contact is extremely important when it comes to being respectful. Another way that we can show face would be to Dr. Wei. We need to let the exhaustion have a seat, and have an open mind to what both her and Dr. Mejia have planned for us. I feel disrespectful.
1I have to say visiting this recreational resort, we experienced a lot more hospitality today then we have in previous hotels or restaurants in China. One thing that I noticed was the fact that when we came off the bus the manager took each and everyone's hand and said hello. Not only did he take everyone's hand, but when it came to Anne, he even assisted her out of the bus. When it comes to the service everything was amazing, they made sure that the drinks were never empty, and they were asking us if everything was OK and if we wanted more. Another prime example is going to be with the hotel that we will visit tonight. Yesterday they took time to wait for us, and as a group we decided that we don't want to do this or that day. Unfortunately none of us knew that they waited on their own time to assist us and show us the hotel. Knowing that now, I feel absolutely horrible. Van the hospitality field there's a give-and-take. Sometimes, you go above and beyond and it is never recognized.

9 June 2017

When it comes to China and tourism with destination marketing, they have done a lot of things right. One thing, is definitely the effort they put in their tour guides. I can't say that they would all be like that, but we had an amazing time with Nikki. She was one of the most compassionate and hospitable tour guides that we possibly could've ever had. She really did make the experience! With that being said, even though there are times were there weren't western toilets or even toilet paper, Nikki was there with her little hand sanitizer and her little pack of tissues making sure that everybody was OK. It's for people like that that can make or break a destination. If she had had A different attitude towards us and didn't show us the compassion and love that she did, maybe our experience would have been completely different. But I am a firm believer or that is the people around you that make that destination somewhere that people want to go to. I do not have any complaints on Beijing!

7 June 2017

America has the highest percentage of individuality, so coming to a country where everything is together was kind of strange in the beginning. A couple examples of collectism in China would definitely be the way that they eat dinner, and share tea. A perfect example of that, would be when we were at Pizza Hut. All the dishes are relatively big in the whole table share them. Another example would be when I ordered my pure honey tea, which was absolutely delicious by the way, and instead of bringing just one glass they brought three. They expect you to share with the people at the table. Not only is it expected, but with doing the study abroad, I've noticed that we can you create the collectism on our own. What I mean by that is when we had all ordered our desserts, we only ordered a couple and we shared with one another. Desserts are normally for a single person or maybe two people, but we took it upon ourselves to ask for extra silverware and share dinner with whoever was around us.
1. When I first got offered to participate in the study Abroad trip, it was contingent on one thing... Tatiana and I would have to let other people in and disburse a little from one another.. at first I was really nervous and scared about not getting along with the other students. This trip has taught me that you should always read the book before you judge it by its cover. In the short amount of time that we've been in China, I have made quite a few friends and feel very comfortable around them. Experiencing this trip with other people is not only enhancing how fun it is, but it also gives you a bunch of new opinions on what it is that we are actually visiting. For instance, when we all went to BISU, the different opinions & questions that we were all asking the Chinese students completely made that experience. There are some questions that I have an extremely interesting, that I would've never thought to ask myself! I truly believe that it is not where you are, but who you are with!
2. I would definitely say the one coach over here that I have noticed throughout Beijing is the behavior of curiosity. Are you can see in the photos they were so amazed to see Americans here and there city. They were taking pictures and following us and asking to take pictures with us, it was just an overall really good experience. I'm not saying that I can't get annoying at times, however I am saying that seeing them so curious about us and about our culture that they want to make a memory of it, is very flattering. Another behavior that I have noticed is the fact that they do not care about personal space when it comes to other people, but then when you bump into them they're almost rude about it. What I mean by that, is that they will come and follow us and take pictures with us and expect us to be OK with it, but on the plane when we are on our way over to China, I was pushed into a Chinese lady, and she started speaking to her neighbor and then called me a stupid American.
1. I'm almost 100% positive that there are a lot more tourism products than I am going to talk about, but here are a few that I can think of off the top of my head: souvenirs, attractions, the people, the food, the combination of any of the above, and what I've found most importantly the interactions with the people experiencing us for possible the first time. In the areas that are more tourist(y), they seemed to handle us a little better than the more rural areas. An example would be how when we went to the Great Wall vs the summer palace. In the Great Wall we got stopped one time for a picture and it did not seem like we were the center of attention. However, in the Summer Palace, people were following us around and taking a bunch of pictures of us and acting like they had never seen foreigners. With that being said, I think that is what I will find most memorable.The fact that they will walk the tour with us and wait for the times of the group pictures is so incredible & fascinating
CC. Today we walked along the Great Wall of China, & I learned a very valuable lesson. I was very nervous about walking it because I know I am not very fit, but I ended up walking because I wanted to say that I've done it. The lesson I learned was that it does not really matter if you complete a task. I was a little upset because I wanted to walk up to the 800 km point, but I physically could not do it. Even though I was upset that I didn't make it, I realized that I did achieve my goal. Not only was I happy with what I accomplished, but I realized that it doesn't matter where you are but who you are with and the mental state that you are experiencing. I could have stayed with the group but I knew Tatiana needed me & I'm so privileged to be able to be there for her as she is for me. I was also very happy that even though I did not make it to the top, I was able to stay with a small group filled with love & support & that gave me the motivation to go as high as I did, & back down!

6 June 2017

What made the biggest impression to me was the fact that they have to do the entrance exam. I had no idea that it was like that in China. When I found out that Dr. Wei failed her entrance exam to get into the college that she wanted and that is why she went to the US is completely mind blowing. It's so crazy to see that somebody as smart and talented as Dr. Wei did not make it into the college that she would want. It also makes me appreciate the fact that in America we have the freedom to be able to change our major if we're unsure of what we want to do. Another reason that the entrance exam made such a big impression on me is because of how the student stressed about it. He said that it didn't matter if he was depressed or if you're studying all the time or if you had no free time because all that mattered was him getting a good score on the entrance exam. It turns things into a whole new perspective when you realize that your future is an actually your choice.
1. I think what can be done is adding more courses that the students would find interesting. The reason I say that is because the more interest of the students are the more they're willing to participate and have involvement and ideas and different point of use and how to improve the marketing system. Being a student especially in China, it is more common for them to be of a younger generation which in turn makes them know what is the most popular at this time. I think a way to improve marketing a destination is by knowing the market that you were trying to attract. For instance, when we were going to do the rickshaw the other day, his pitch was so good it made the count go from about 10 people to the entire class. He knew who he was pitching to, and he understood what he had to do in order to make the entire class want to do it. Long story short, the best way to improve marketing is to know who it is that you were trying to attract, what their budget is, and having a good sales pitch

5 June 2017

2. CC: how were today's Chinese meals different from those youve had in the US? One major difference that I noticed was the fact that it actually has a lot of flavor and spices. Normally in America you order beef and broccoli and it it all very bland, whereas in China you actually get hints of spices that linger, proving that there is a more depth flavor. Also, another thing that I found very different was the fact that they don't give you larger plates to accommodate for all the food that they bring. The reason that is so bizarre is because when you order Chinese food at home, they load on the plate and there is no place but to load on where as I am the one they need to give the the money too!

4 June 2017

#1: first impressions of China as a destination coming from airport This was my first experience Traveling internationally! It was actually a really good experience! What I noticed here in China is that the length of the line is no where close to the amount of time you will have to wait. Especially when it came to going through the immigration center, it was essentially our whole plane that was in line and it took maybe 15 minutes! If you had seen the line and if it had been in America I would have been there at least an hour! I am quickly realizing that even with the high amount of people the process goes a lot smoother than in America.
#2. Any cultural differences /similarities you can pick up on so far One thing that I have noticed about the culture so far is that they really do not pay any attention to personal space. With that being said, some are very kind. For instance, I had to use the restroom and asked one of the store clerks and she took out her phone and did a translator and then pointed me in the right direction! I think in America that is how we differ. If we do not understand someone we just walk away and not give them the time of day. Here in China they do not mind going out of their way to assist, even if they do nit understand they put the effort in!

25 May 2017

Officially completely packed for the flight in 8 days!!!!