Yu Garden and Going Home!

Last day of the trip. Wow. Got to say that I’ve really experienced a lot on this trip. Going through food poisoning and experiencing the hospital was cool I guess. Anyway, our day started with an early trip to the Yu Garden. This garden is hidden amongst the skyscrapers. Our tour guide led us a…

Delphi Technologies and American Chamber of Commerce

On the hottest day of the entire trip of course we had two company visits. First to Delphi Technologies and then to the American Chamber of Commerce. Finally this visit was more catered toward engineers so it was a bit more bearable for me. The gentleman that made the presentation for us about Delphi actually…

Ocean East International Logistics

It was an early morning rise for everyone to take our trip to Ocean East International Logistics. This is an intermediate shipping company that helps companies get their goods to their customers. We discussed the work force problem, and how the younger population of China is much smaller than the older population. This creates a…

East China University of Science and Technology

After a nice 5 star continental breakfast the group headed out to our destination for the day the East China University of Science and Technology. I was especially excited to finally visit a science university after hearing all this business stuff. But to my dismay, when we sat down to hear our lecture it was…

Reunion

We weren’t reunited with our group until the late day of the 13th, so it was technically still sick season. By now most of us were back to feeling normal again, so we began our continuation of the trip. The day before, we took a high speed train to Shanghai, or as I like to…

Rude Awakening

As most people may know already, when Americans travel to foreign countries, we must be wary of the food and water we consume because not everywhere puts as much chemicals into their water as we do. Unfortunately, something we ate gave 7 of us food poisoning. I ended up at the hospital around 1 am,…

Forbidden Heaven

Finally, a tourist site. Not only one, but two. First up, the forbidden city. Boarding the bus for the trip to the city, we were greeted by our good old friend Uncle Joe once more. Again the entire bus ride, he graced us with his wit and chenglish. Among his comedic monologue he mentioned that…

Sunshine and Xiaomi

Today, we had two site visits, neither of which were tourist visits. Boring as it may seem, it was anything but that. Sunshine insurance was our first destination of the day. Once we got there, all I could see on either side was big beautiful brick buildings, gardens, and perfectly mowed lawns. This place didn’t…

CUFE

This is the day of our first non-tourist site visit. We visited a place called Central University of Finance and Economics. We began our visit with a small lecture from a professor at the university about supply chain. As a chemical engineer, I personally found this lecture boring in terms of material, however there were…

The Great Wall

It was my first full 24 hours in China, and I must say I am very glad to have spent the day with a small tour of Beijing, my second Chinese meal, and a trip to the Great Wall. My morning started at 5:30 when I woke up fully rested because I passed out around…

Traveling Day

Ah yes, the infamous traveling day(s). Starting with a 2:30 am bus departure from towers lobby at Pitt, it was a grueling day of sleeplessness and anticipation. This was only my second time traveling to a foreign country, so I was excited to add to my life experience. This was especially exciting to me because…

Nathan Baxter: Pre-Departure Report

My international experience to date is: I have left the United States only once before. It was for a summer vacation in Norway with my family. We have family friends that moved to Norway, so we were visiting them. We spent two weeks hiking and swimming while traveling north in an RV visiting the major…

China, Here We Come!

Hello! My name is Nathan Baxter. I am originally from Lansdale, PA, and I am a rising sophomore studying chemical engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering. Outside of the classroom I enjoy playing sports, especially soccer and ping pong, as well as hanging with friends. I believe that the Plus3 program at Pitt is…

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…