Final Summary

The past two weeks in China have been an amazing experience for me.  I learned even more than I thought I could.  We had the chance to study Chinese culture and successful businesses in China, and I even learned a little bit about engineering.  I think everything we did from visiting universities to companies allowed…

Our Final Day in China

Today was our very last day in China.  I’m sad to be leaving China and all the friends I have made but, I am also kind of happy to be going back to normal life at home.  The flight however I am not looking forward to.  This morning we went to the Yu Garden, which…

Day 11: The Yangshan Port

Today was our second last day before the long flight home we’re all starting to dread.  We had a very early start this morning for the long drive to our last company visit.  On the bus ride to the port we had guest speaker who was a former student at Pitt who had moved to…

Day 10: One for the Engineers

Today was another day full of company visits. We first headed over to Amcham, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. Whereas most of the visits so far have been from Chinese natives, the people we talked to were actually expats, so it was cool to get to hear a viewpoint of the Chinese market…

Summary: I Got Some Words

Before we left for China Dr. Li gave us a somewhat stern warning that our two weeks in China were not a vacation, and now being done I do somewhat agree with his warning. Yes, I did love my time seeing China, exploring the cities, and experiencing the nightlife, but I also learned a lot…

Shangbye

My last day in China was a bittersweet end to my trip. I won’t lie that I could stay forever because I was exhausted and missed a good Philly cheesesteak from back home. Despite that, China has a special place in my heart. Never again will I look onto a buffet of food, see nothing…

Yes, Matt and I got shot down by some Dutch girls.

Our second and final day in Xi’an was the first day of the trip with inclimate weather, which I was not aware of so I wore shorts and a sleeveless shirt in preparation for the bike ride later in the day. Thankfully it wasn’t too cold, but I did look a little out of place…

China: Summary

My time in China was unforgettable and easily an experience of a lifetime. Studying abroad opened my eyes to another side of life both in a professional and cultural way. Culturally I got to witness how Chinese people live everyday which is a significant difference compared to the United States.  For example, road rage is…

Day 11: Amcham and Horiba

Today was our second day in shanghai and we had two company visits starting with the American Chamber of Commerce also known as Amcham.  We met Chris and Daniel who worked for Amcham and PNC.  Together they gave a very interesting presentation about American business in China.  We learned a lot about the economic growth…

A Day at Sea (or close to it)

My second to last day had me waking up bright and early at 7:30 am. I was more than a bit tired from checking out the Shanghai nightlife the night before as well as just exhaustion I built up from the trip. Still I was in the last stretch of the trip and Dr. Li…

A Final Word – Ni Howdy!!

This trip has been the experience of a lifetime and I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity to travel across the world and explore everything that China has to offer. Starting in Beijing and learning about the history of this country while experiencing the capital of the largest city in the world…

Hooray for Horiba (And AmCham)

For my second full day in Shanghai I had a packed day with two company visits to The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (Amcham) and Horiba. These two visits were up there with my visit with Huawei because of how informative the visit to AmCham was and how engineering oriented the visit to Horiba…

A Summary

These past two weeks have been the opportunity of a lifetime and I am so thankful for being able to participate in this program.  I have learned so much about China and its culture, history, and some of the businesses that are helping China evolve into one of if not the largest economy in the…

Day 9: ECUST

Today was our first full day in Shanghai!  Last night after we got off the bullet train and checked into our hotel we went and got pizza, French fries, and chicken wings for dinner.  The food here has been great so far but, it was nice to have some familiar foods after a week of…

Day 7: Terracotta Warriors

Today was our second and last day in Xi’an. We went outside to the city to the Terracotta Warriors Museum first.  The Terracotta Warriors are sculptures that were built to protect the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty in his afterlife.  They were not discovered until the 1990’s when the farmer who owned the land…

Day 13: The 36 hour day/farewell China

Today started off with some nice espresso and toast as I knew that it was about the be a thirty-six-hour day due to traveling. After breakfast, we were off to visit Yu Garden, a garden and housing area built for an emperor’s grandparents during the Qing dynasty since elders are revered as extremely important in Chinese…

Day 12: That’s a lot of boxes!

Today, as all days, began with a great breakfast of toast and chocolate pastries. Today was very bittersweet since It was the last company visit of the trip and although I miss the states it is definitely sad to be almost done in china. Today’s visit was Yang Shan port, a shipping company which handles a…

Day 6: Sun Village

Today was our first day in Xi’an!  Yesterday we met our new tour guide Kevin and our program coordinator Liliana when we got off the bullet train.  The bullet train had amazing views of smaller cities and huge mountains.  So far Xi’an is more like what I expected Chinese cities to be like before I…

Day 4: The Forbidden City

Today was our fourth day in Beijing and our last before we leave and take the bullet train to Xi’an.  This morning the firs thing we did was visit Tiananmen Square and the forbidden city.  The Forbidden City was where the emperors used to live, and it was also the political center.  It was interesting…