North America, Asia · 106 Days · 15 Moments · September 2017

Sarah's Adventure in Shanghai, China

16 December 2017

In just a few hours, I'll be on my way to the airport to come home. It's hard to believe the semester is already over! I've learned and grown a lot over the past few months. While I'm excited to come home and see family and friends again, I'm going to miss the people I've met, the places I've been, and the experiences I've had! (P.S. this picture shows why I don't normally take selfies.)

29 November 2017

Hi everyone! My time is running out here in Shanghai, but I'm still finding new exciting places to explore in the city. These pictures are from a couple parks in Jiading, a city on the outskirts of Shanghai. The leaves are really beautiful this time of year!

17 November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Although Thanksgiving is not generally celebrated in China, the local mall put up some decorations and brought in some live turkeys for the holiday. You can see those in the first two pictures. Since it's Thanksgiving, I also decided to share pictures of some of my food and drink highlights from my time in Shanghai. Those pictures are, in order, mango cheese tea, a Hong Kong-style waffle with ice cream, durian and ice cream, hot pot, bubble tea, and a multi-colored crab soup dumpling.

15 November 2017

Hi again! Sorry it's been awhile since I posted pictures. Here are some of the fun things I got to do this past week! The first two pictures are from the China Art Museum, which is located in a building that was originally built for the 2010 World Expo. The next two pictures are from a beautiful, old hotel called the Peace Hotel, located in the former British Concession, where many movies have been shot. The last two pictures are from an acrobatic show called ERA, which was a very exciting show with incredibly talented performers. Anyway, it's hard to believe I only have a month left here in Shanghai! I'm hoping to make the most out of the rest of my time here!

29 October 2017

This weekend, ECNU planned four-day field trips for all international students. This school really does an outstanding job making us feel a part of the community and showing us all the wonderful things that China has to offer! These pictures are from Lushan, which is located in the Jiangxi province. After spending two months in a big city, I was really excited to spend time in the mountains, and I wasn't disappointed. These pictures are the results of four days of hiking, riding cable cars and gondolas, and sightseeing. Enjoy!

13 October 2017

It's been a busy weekend, and here are the results of my adventures! The first two pictures are from M50, an area in Shanghai with lots private art galleries. The next two are from Jingan Sculpture Park. The following two are from Longhua Temple, which I had the opportunity to explore for a sociology class project. The last four pictures are from an excursion organized by my program yesterday. The first two pictures are from the Shanghai World Expo Museum, and the last two are from the Jewish Refugees Museum. This building used to be a synagogue. During World War II, Shanghai welcomed approximately 30,000 Jewish refugees. These pictures are just a few of the many places that I get to visit in the wonderful city of Shanghai!

5 October 2017

This week I'm enjoying a break from school for the Chinese National Day and the Mid Autumn Festival. The highlight of the week so far was visiting the wetland park on the coast. It's always exciting to discover new hidden gems in the city!

23 September 2017

It's been an exciting third week! I have now started all my classes, and I'm excited to delve deeper into each of them. I'm taking Mandarin three times a week for two and a half hours, and the class is conducted almost entirely in Mandarin, so this will be an interesting challenge! :) This weekend I had the opportunity to go on two separate excursions. The first three pictures are from the water town of Zhujiajiao. This was a trip organized by the university. The students you see in the first pic are just a few of the several thousand international students that study at ECNU. The other three pictures are from Changzhou, which was a trip organized by my study abroad organization.

17 September 2017

This weekend I had the opportunity to travel by high-speed train to Nanjing, which is considered one of the greatest ancient capitals. The first four pictures show some of the city's beautiful scenery. The fifth and sixth pics are taken in a bookstore that was originally a bomb shelter, then a parking garage. National Geographic listed it as one of the top ten bookstores in the world. Finally, the last picture is of one of the Nanjing specialties, duck blood. It was one of the many unique foods I ate this weekend.

8 September 2017

East China Normal University is known as the "Garden University", as you can see from these pictures (though my cellphone camera doesn't really do it justice). The last picture is the school motto "Seek truth, foster originality, and live up to the name of teacher", which I thought might be interesting for all you education majors/teachers out there.

7 September 2017

Another quick update: Sunday I took my very first solo subway ride so I could go to church. It is always wonderful to be reminded that God's love and power is with me no matter where in the world I go. Tuesday I had my first class, "Issues in Contemporary Chinese Society". I'm looking forward to spending this semester learning about different aspects of Chinese culture. Anyway, on to the pictures. Since most of my classes won't start until next week, I get to spend this week exploring Shanghai. Here are the results. The first pic is the Global Harbor, the largest shopping mall in Shanghai, which is conveniently located near ECNU. The second pic is Nanjing East Rd., a walking street with large shopping malls with international brands and small shops that sell traditional Chinese crafts and traditional Chinese medicine. Next pic is Fuzhou Road, which is known as the culture street. It has many bookstores and shops selling traditional Chinese art, which you can see in the remaining pics.
Hello again! I've spent these last couple days getting settled in at East China Normal University. The first picture here is me with my roommate, Miwa from Tokyo. We've had a lot of fun getting to know each other and learning about the school, while communicating with each other in Chinglish (Chinese and English). The second picture is my official student ID. The third picture is the cafeteria, where no one speaks English, and I don't know the names of the food, so that's an exciting adventure each day. Finally the last picture is of my breakfast this morning. If anyone knows what it is, I'd love to find out. :) Overall, it's been a busy and stressful few days, but I'm excited to be more and more engaged with the ECNU community!

4 September 2017

So, I've spent the last few days exploring the city and settling in. These pictures are taken from the 100th floor of the World Financial Centre. In the pictures, you can see the Huangpu River and the Oriental Pearl Tower. The last picture shows the glass tiles you can walk on and look through to see the view below.
I arrived at East China Normal University last night. This picture is the view from my room on the eighth floor of a hotel, where I'm staying until I move into my dorm. Today, I'm looking forward to exploring Shanghai!

1 September 2017

Getting packed up to leave tomorrow for Shanghai!