Day 13: Xiaomi Sells Some Quality Suitcases

Today was a bit more of a struggle because I slept a little too soundly last night after the amazing mah jongg tournament we had, and I was a bit late. Obviously, I wasn’t left behind, but nonetheless, I felt bad to keep everyone waiting. But I will have to say that being the kind…

Day 12: Mah Jongg Tournaments are the Greatest Thing

Today started the same as every other day where we woke up and had a quality breakfast in our lovely hotel. We were going on more company visits today – first to Delphi ICE and then to the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham from now on). When we first got to Delphi, we had a…

Day 11: Bright Yellow Vests are the Newest Trend

We started our morning a bit earlier compared to yesterday because today we were going to two business sites – Ocean East International Logistics and Yang Shan Port. From our hotel, we drove 2 hours to go to the first company. While on the bus, a new guy named Mac joined us. He talked with…

Day 10: Pizza Hut is Much Fancier in China

I actually woke up after 7:30 this morning. I “slept in” for the first time all trip, and I am a big fan. We had a later start this morning because we were going to the East China University of Science and Technology. We would be spending the day with students and talking to them…

Day 8: That Emperor Was One Crazy Guy

I’m getting more used to waking up early, and I don’t feel as tired as I did during the school year, but I still don’t enjoy waking up this early. Breakfast helps though because they have really great muffins. From the hotel, we traveled by bus to the Terra Cotta Army. Pretty much as soon…

Day 7: I Will Never Get Used to People’s Fascination with Us

It was a weird morning. I woke up at around 5:15 am this morning and couldn’t fall back asleep, so that was a good time. Really happy about that. After getting ready, I went down to breakfast, and they had chicken nuggets for breakfast because why not. Anyway, once we all finished breakfast, we went…

Day 6: High Speeds, Large Crowds, and Some Really Old Dumplings

Today was our earliest morning because today is the day we are leaving Beijing. It’s sad to leave this city because I’ve loved being here and exploring the city, but I’m excited to go to Xi’an (pronounced like she-on). We’re traveling to Xi’an by bullet train, and that on its own is pretty cool. I…

Day 5: Just Follow Uncle Joe

Today is another day I have been excited for ever since we were given our itinerary. We were going to the Forbidden City, going on a Hutong Tour, and going to the Temple of Heaven and having a tai chi class at the temple. It’s a busy day, but it was absolutely incredible. After waking…

Day 4: There is Big Money in the Insurance Industry

Today was our first professional day where we visited both Sunrise Insurance Company and Xiaomi (pronounced shAOw-me with the ‘sh’ pronounced like the ‘sh’ in shower). It should be a really cool day, and I am excited to see a business that is located in China and compare it to businesses in the US. After…

Day 3: I Understand the Beijing Subway Better Than the Pitt Subway

Today, we traveled to a university about an hour outside Beijing, went to a Chinese grocery store, and visited the Olympic Park. It was another jam-packed day, and I honestly have never slept so soundly than I have on this trip. After breakfast (they unfortunately didn’t have the pears, but they did have some crisp…

Day 2: Just Nod Your Head and Hope It Wasn’t a Question

Today is a really exciting day because we are going to the Great Wall today. This is a landmark that just like Beijing, I have only dreamed about going to. I never thought I would actually go there so soon in my life, and I was so excited to go. Before we went, I had…

Day 1: We’re Not in Kansas Anymore Toto

Today was the day! It finally happened! We left for China, but it didn’t really feel real. I have been waiting for this trip for so long that it didn’t feel like the time had finally come. Yet, here we are getting ready to leave at a bright and early time of 2:15 am. We…

Let’s Get Down to Business… to Travel to China

Hello! My name is Erin Marshall, and I am an upcoming sophomore industrial engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. A little bit about me: I have a cat who acts more like a dog named Eddie, I have an extreme love for tacos, and my friends and family are the most important things in…

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…