Well at least now I know four phrases in Chinese.

It’s truly amazing to think back on my time in China. It’s hard to believe it even happened at all now that I’m back on the other side of the world in my tiny town. I know that all of the memories I made, lessons I learned, and friends I met (more like family really)…

I finally had cheese!

By day three of Shanghai, pretty much everyone was feeling the fatigue caused by almost two weeks of going nonstop (especially since many of us had had a very long, but very fun, night the previous evening). So we boarded the bus for the two and half hour ride out to the Yang Shan Port…

Yeah I don’t know anything about engineering.

Day 2 in Shanghai started off with one of my favorite visits of the whole trip: the American Chamber of Commerce (or AmCham). I really didn’t have the highest hopes going into it because you hear chamber of commerce here and just think of a bunch of people talking about pretty boring stuff. But the…

Starbucks Reserve Roastery SLAPS!

Before I get into the first full day in Shanghai, let me just briefly talk about the river cruise the night before. Shanghai is so cool! It’s basically like New York on steroids. The skyline at night is is like nowhere else I’ve seen with all of the lights. There are even two buildings next…

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…

I have now acquired the drip.

Our first full day in Xi’an was a busy one. As we took the bus out to the children’s village, we noticed how different this new city was than Beijing. It’s less spread out, so it feels more like a normal city, but it is also older and gives off a more foreign vibe. We…

So apparently I’m a tai chi master.

The last day in Beijing was definitely the busiest. To start off, we once again met up with Uncle Joe and made the trip to Tiananmen Square (once again wearing the lemon shirt in order to coordinate with Jake’s pineapples). Thankfully, we had an easy time going through security, so the only worry we had…

Huawei could take over the world and I would be okay with it.

Day three in Beijing was one that everyone had been looking forward to for one reason: the Huawei visit. Immediately upon arriving at their facility, everyone was awestruck by the sheer grandeur of it all. The giant chandelier and rug worthy of a palace that greeted us when we first walked in were just the…

I did not know that you could eat pig’s blood, but I did it today.

Day two in Beijing started out better than I was expecting actually, since I was able to get almost ten hours of solid sleep and I wasn’t even sore after the climb the day before. So, looking dapper in our business casual outfits, the group set off for the Central University of Finance and Economics…

Yo they actually let us into China?

So I’m in China. Yeah that’s still crazy. I started off day 1 as a victim of jet lag, waking up at 2:30 AM and not being able to fall asleep again until 5. At least my friends back home were up (but don’t tell China that I have a VPN). Nevertheless, I woke up…

Help! I don’t know any Chinese!

Hey everyone, my name is Drew White! I’m just finishing my freshman year here at Pitt, which was absolutely amazing and hopefully just an indicator of much better times to come. Though Pittsburgh has quickly become a second home, my original one still resides in Kempton, an extremely small town in eastern PA outside of…

Meet Plus3 China 2019!

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 in 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…