Top 3 Things to do in Shanghai

Hi Everybody, Only 2 weeks left in Shanghai, so I have been trying to do everything in the city before I leave. What I have found with Shanghai is that many of the main tourist sites are very so-so. If you google top things to do in Shanghai I am sure things that will pop…

Weekend in Wuhu

Hi Everybody, I just got back from a trip to Wuhu which is in the Anhui province. I would think that almost all Americans have never even heard of this city. It is a city without any tourist sites, it’s not particularly large and there isn’t a ton to do. So the question is why…

Life in the Paris of the East

  Hey Everybody! Things have been fantastic in Shanghai, but definitely staying really busy. I have always heard that study abroad would be a fun trip with more of a focus on having fun then on the studies, but it seems my adventure is the opposite. The school aspect has been pretty manageable with my…

Arriving in Shanghai

Hey Everybody! My semester in Shanghai has begun. I am going to school at East China Normal University (ECNU). This school is one of the top schools in China known for their teaching program. I decided to do the Business Language and Culture program because it allows me to take a wide range of classes…

Semester in Shanghai

Hey Guys! My name is Michael Andrews and I am Junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Chinese. So I guess it is easy enough to deduce where I am headed; Shanghai. Shanghai being the financial capital of China and one of…

Back Home… For Now

    My two months in Dalian have come to an end and it really has been a whirlwind. From living in a Chinese family to taking a language pledge only to speak Chinese, I really believe that I made the most out of this opportunity. For my first time visiting mainland China this program…

Green Onions and Good Company

So I have been in Dalian for around seven weeks now (still with no reliable internet), so I think it’s about time to talk about a unique aspect of my program; living with a host family. The only real way to understand and experience Chinese culture is to live with a Chinese family. I was…

Some advice from a summer in Dalian

So my time in China is sadly coming to a close. It has been a blast. These past two months have been packed with classes and cultural excursions. I have traveled to 4 different cities, participated in a Chinese medicine class, and watched a traditional martial arts performance. I have both a quiz and a…

A change of scenery

After a few weeks in Dalian, it was time for a weekend trip. Dalian is in a prime location with Qingdao, Beijing and Shenyang all close by. We decided on Shenyang for our first trip. Shenyang is the capital of the Liaoning Province so we figured it would be a big city full of fun…