Reflection: Not as in Mulan

It has been a couple of weeks since Plus3 has ended, yet I am still on the other side of the world from home in Hong Kong. While I have been here, I realized that Plus3 will be one of my most memorable experiences traveling abroad. In two weeks, I have immersed myself in China’s…

Day 13: I Wish Yu Were Here

On the very last day of Plus3, we visited the Yu Garden in Anren Jie, Shanghai. The Yu Garden is a classical garden which was built for Ming Dynasty government officer Pan Yunduan’s parents as a place for them to enjoy a tranquil and peaceful time in their old age. After being dropped off in…

Day 12: AmCham, Bunnies, and Cars

Today, we visited Delphi Technologies and AmCham, our last company visits. Delphi Technologies was a component division of GM that produce and test car engines. We met David Fan, who interestingly knows one of the professors at Pitt. Fan gave us a presentation regarding electric powered vehicles. In China, the government drove the development of…

Day 11: Land of the Boxes

We visited DAMCO, Ocean East International Logistics, and its warehouse as well as Yangshan Port today, but first, we were greeted by Mac Sullivan at the hotel. Mac is the Greater China Trade Lane Manager for Toll Global Forwarding, a logistics provider of international freight forwarding and supply chain management services. I learned that a…

Day 10: Last University Visit

Today, we visited the East China University of Science and Technology! As we walked onto campus, it felt like a little town. The dorms looked like apartment buildings, and you could see a convenience store down the street. We entered the College of International Education where we received a presentation by Professor Dr. Regina Huang….

Day 9: Looking Into the Huangpu

I wish I could’ve had more time to explore Xi’an, but I’m impressed we managed to visit most of the famous sites in three days. Today, we traveled to Shanghai, the “City on the Sea.” Once again, we boarded the bullet train to Shanghai. It took roughly 5 hours to travel to Shanghai, but thankfully…

Day 8: Soldiers and No Sailors

Aside from the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warrior Army was the cultural site I was most excited about. The Terracotta Army is a giant collection of life-size terracotta sculptures in battle formation. They were built to represent the imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi ordered the Terracotta Army to…

Day 7: Children of the Sun Village

Today, we visited the Children’s Village, also known as the Sun Village. The village was located outside of Xi’an, we ended up in a more rural area up the mountainside. We learned that this village finds, locates, and takes in children of imprisoned parents who can’t take care of their children themselves. The village was…

Day 6: Drums and Dumplings

I’m sad to leave Beijing, but today we traveled to Xi’an by bullet train. We had to leave relatively early, so it was nice for the hotel to pack us breakfast in to-go bags. We were the first to board the bullet train. Just as its name suggests, the front of the train was shaped…

Day 5: Stepping Foot in Forbidden Realms and Heaven

I woke up later than I wanted today, but my ankle felt much better today. Uncle Joe came back today to take us to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Both Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are located in the heart of Beijing. There were at least thousands of people that came visit the…

Day 4: A Whole Lot of Sunshine and Some Rice

First company visit day! We visited Sunshine Insurance and Xiaomi today. Sunshine Insurance’s headquarters was specifically designed to look like a European university. The campus was very expansive and beautifully built. Because of its European architecture and style, Sunshine’s headquarters made me feel like I wasn’t in China anymore. We were led to a lecture…

Day 3: First University Visit

Today, we visited the Central University of Finance and Economics. I’m still impressed by how much green Beijing was than I expected. You could see first thing on campus, people tending to the gardens and the shrubbery in the morning. After walking into one of the buildings, we waited outside one of the classrooms where…

Day 2: Conquering the Great Wall

My first whole day in Beijing started out with a great continental breakfast. With many options to choose from, I ate a simple combination of eggs over easy with fried rice. I was very excited for today because the first thing I’d get to visit was the Great Wall of China. But before that, we…

Day 1: Beijing Beginnings

Rise and shine! We left for the Pittsburgh Airport at 2 AM in the morning. We arrived an hour early before we could start to check-in, so I had to find a way to stay awake until then. I resorted to a mix of jumping and calisthenics every so often. Soon we boarded the plane…

Pre-Departure Report

My international experience to date is: Growing up, I have had the privilege to travel to Hong Kong multiple times to reunite with my father and mother’s extended families. My parents immigrated to America from Hong Kong and raised me in suburban Pennsylvania, but wanted me to continue a connection with their cultural heritage. I…

China: Quest to Rediscover Heritage

Hello! My name is David Chan, and I am from Wayne, PA. Next fall, I will be a sophomore at the Swanson School of Engineering. I am pursuing a degree in Bioengineering and a certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. At the University of Pittsburgh, I am a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society….

Meet Plus3 China 2018!

Welcome to the China Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Each year, a group of freshman engineering and business students will conduct a 2-week field study in several cities China. The field study includes company visits, sightseeing, and lectures in China, and the students will learn about international dimensions of engineering, business, and culture. Each student will…