Day 14: Until Next Time

Today felt like a complete dream especially now looking back on the long day I’ve had. The clock tells me my day started at 11am and ended at 9pm but that was 12 time zones ago. I’m 12 time zones back now and missing China already. I remember waking up this morning with quite a…

Day 13: Farewell Yu

Our visit here in China is almost coming to an end and I’m a little sad to leave but I have been missing home. This morning we are going to the famous Yu Garden. I remember being very excited about this visit because I had heard about how beautiful the garden was and I was…

Day 12: Finishing up some Business

Today was anther day of a lot of business. We had two company visits today, Delphi Technologies and AmCham. They would be our last company visits in China. Today felt like a dream because it seemed like the last two weeks of our visit were coming to an abrupt end. These company visits were just…

Day 11: Largest Port and Delicious Pasta

This morning after breakfast, we were introduced to a man by the name of Mac Sullivan. He was going to be like our tour guide today but for our company and site visit. He is an American man who has been living in China for 8 years. He explained to us that he actually hasn’t…

Day 10: A Flexible Shanghai Night

In the morning I felt well rested and was excited for today because we were going to the East China University of Science and Technology. The last university visit was so fun, I was expecting the same or similar entertaining experience. I was excited because I was hoping to learn more about the technology industry…

Day 9: Hello Shanghai

Today was another goodbye, but also an interesting hello. We woke up early to ride the amazing bullet train once again to Shanghai. I had really enjoyed Xi’an but from all that I’ve heard about Shanghai, I was excited to move on. I knew Shanghai culture incorporated a little bit more Western culture compared to…

Day 8: Biking with Warriors

When you think of China, a nation with so much rich history, there are a lot of landmarks that come to mind such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, and today we visited one of those great landmarks, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. I was excited to go to a place where yet again…

Day 7: Sun Village

I was really excited this morning because I knew today we would be going to the children’s village and I absolutely love children. This morning we left the hotel at around 8am to travel to Sun village. It was a long bus ride away from the hotel but when we got there I was ready…

Day 6: Bullet to Xi’an

I woke up early today at around 5 am because we had an early start to catch our train to Xi’an. I was a little sad to say goodbye to Beijing, but I was way more excited about seeing another part of China. I was also really excited to ride the great bullet train that…

Day 5: Goodbye Beijing

Today we visited Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We took the bus to Tiananmen Square which surprisingly wasn’t far at all from the hotel. When we got there, it was super crowded. There were people everywhere and it kind of reminded me of going downtown in DC at the national mall and seeing all…

Day 4: Business and more Business

Today was a very professional day. We had two company visits. The first was the Sunshine Insurance Group. When we first got to the site, we were led into a huge room that resembled a lecture hall where we were introduced to the company. The first lady that spoke with us had lived in America…

Day 3: Universities and the Olympics

I woke up today feeling well-rested, to my surprise. I didn’t think I would be able to adjust to the time difference this quickly. After I got ready, and met with the other students, we were taken to the Central University of Finance and Economics. The bus ride was pretty long, and I ended up…

Day 2: Great Walls and Language Barriers

Today I woke up pretty early at around 5am. I got ready and went down for breakfast at the hotel. I was excited to see what breakfast was like at a hotel in China. To my surprise a lot of the foods provided were western like various breads like croissants and pound cake. There were…

Day 1: Fourteen hours to the Future

Today was a day of many emotions, and it also happened to be one of the longest days of my life literally spanning more than 24 hours. For me I’m going to start my day where I met all the other students going on the China trip. I had been scared of going across the…

Pre-Departure Report

My international experience to date is:  My travel experience up to this date include my family vacations with my family to places other than mainland U.S. including the Bahamas, Mexico, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. In all of these trips, though I was on vacation, I still learned a lot about the cultures of the people…

First China; Then The World!

  Hello! My name is Gabrielle (Gabby) Peal and I am a rising sophomore studying mechanical engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering. I am from Lanham, MD and I am a Liberian-American. Some of my personal interests include helping youth by promoting education and tutoring younger kids. I also enjoy having new and adventurous…

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…