A Brief Reflection

I cannot believe how much happened in the very short two weeks I was in China. It was all around an amazing experience, one that I would recommend to anyone who wants to study abroad. I knew a few people going into the trip, but traveling together allowed me to become so much closer to…

Day 14: The End

After our late-night karaoke, I think everyone appreciated the late report time for this morning. Since neither flight was going to be boarding until after 2:00, we didn’t have to be ready to go until 11:15. I wanted to enjoy the breakfast one last time, so I meandered down to the lobby about half an…

Day 13: The Last Day (For Some of Us)

Our final full day was packed. We began with breakfast as usual (including dumplings, of course), then loaded up the bus for the Yu Garden. Today’s weather was probably the worst out of the entire trip. It was hot, which we were used to by this point, but is was also terribly humid. Even just…

Day 12: Two’s Company?

Today’s first visit was to a company I hadn’t heard of before, Delphi Technologies. Their main focus (at least of what we saw) is in motors and the automobile industry. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. When we got to the office, we had the chance to take a quick look around before we were…

Day 11: A Shipload of Logistics

After arriving back at the hotel late last night, I was tired when I woke up for another start. I decided to try the coffee provided in the hotel room. I’m not really sure what I expected, but even for instant coffee it was not close to being good. I decided to stick to tea…

Day 10: Back to School

My day began with an exploration of our final breakfasting location. I think the spread at this hotel was by far the most impressive (although their bacon didn’t hold up to Penta Hotel’s standard). My favorite, of course, were the dumplings and steamed pork buns, but they also had some great Asian pears (a few…

Day 9: Shanghai? Shang-hellohello!

The day started early once again, since we had to catch the train to Shanghai. After what was probably the quietest (and also the earliest) breakfast on the trip so far, everyone met in the lobby to check out. I had to tape my luggage shut again, but I made a mistake thinking that I…

Day 8: Biangbiangmien, Biking, and More

Our busiest day of the trip so far began with another great breakfast. This time, however, there was a slight problem. Every label card that states what each food is was at the wrong place. For the most part, I could figure out what each dish was, since I’d tried the day before, but I…

Day 7: Kids and Wild Goose

Our first full day in Xi’an began with yet another great breakfast. To my pleasant surprise, in addition to the steamed pork buns that I love, there were pork dumplings! I told myself on the train from Beijing that I would get some form of dumpling every day while in Xi’an, so it looks like…

Day 6: Dump Day

By the time morning hit (even though it still felt like the middle of the night), our numbers were down from 24 to 17. While we were all sleep-deprived and a little anxious, at least the hotel packed breakfasts for us. A ham and cheese sandwich, a croissant, a hard-boiled egg, an apple, and an…

Day 5: Following the Emperor

The last breakfast at Penta Hotel was a little saddening, only because I wasn’t sure if the other hotels would have grapefruit juice, Asian pears, and steamed buns, but I’m hoping they do. Today was absolutely packed. The beginning was Tiananmen Square, historically an important cultural site. To inform us of said history, we were…

Day 4: How About Sunshine Land?

After yet another amazing breakfast (this time with banana bread), we loaded onto the bus to the first of our two company visits. Surprisingly, my group had a very productive bus ride, and we got a decent start on our business proposal. We discussed logistics of the product, our target market, necessary materials, how the…

Day 3: Gym Class

I was disappointed at breakfast when I found that there were no pears today. I did however enjoy quite a bit of the dragonfruit, because I don’t know that I would really be able to find any that good at home. We took a bus a ways outside Beijing to the Central University of Finance…

Day 2: A Pretty Great Wall

The hotel breakfast was different to say the least. There was an interesting combination of American fare (eggs, bacon, potatoes, sausage) and Chinese food (noodles, fried rice, steamed buns). Best of all were the fruits; there was dragonfruit (it just tastes fresh, kind of like kiwi texture but with not as strong of a flavor),…

Day 1: A Bit of Travel

After not nearly enough sleep, our day(s) of international travel began at 2:30 AM on Saturday morning. One dark bus ride later, we made it to the airport, and soon enough we found ourselves at the gate for the flight to Washington DC. While waiting for the flight to start boarding, I learned something important:…

China Pre-Departure Report

Hello! My name is Jacob Diefes, and I am excited to be a part of the China Plus 3 program. I am a rising sophomore in the computer engineering department in the Swanson School of Engineering. I am from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and I look forward to having new experiences while overseas.   My international…

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…