Cheapest Trip to China!

Ni Hao, I’m John Christiano, a freshman chemical engineering student in the Swanson school. I am originally from Rockville Maryland, just outside of DC. I am super excited to visit China! In Rockville, I graduated from Wheaton High School’s Engineering Academy. While I did a variety of activities in high school the two most influential…

Xièxiè China

Traveling to China has been one of the best experiences of my life. I’ve not only learned a lot about Chinese culture, but I’ve learned a lot about America just by living in China for 2 weeks. Being in China has really made me realize America’s place as a world leader is really being threatened….

Day 13: I Buy a Suitcase from a Cell Phone Company

I couldn’t believe it was finally here, our last day in China. The last day of the trip would be spent sightseeing, relaxing, and pitching the business ideas we had been developing in small groups. Breakfast, of course, came first. I only had 1 more day of dumplings ahead of me, so I had to…

Day 12: Delphi Technologies and American Chamber of Commerce

Today was another day full of company visits. First was Delphi Technologies, a company that develops combustion engine and electric drive train technologies. This was an exciting company for me to visit because the person talking to us was the first engineer we had met on the trip. Hearing someone talk about engineering concepts and…

May 19th- On my way home… to safe tap water!

Last day in Shanghai, another great night sleep without an early morning – great breakfast at the Regal.  My friends and I had a few hours at the hotel (or area close by) until we had to assemble around 11am for the trip to the airport.  It was a weird time because we all had…

May 18th- I eat something other than Chinese food!

After one of the first nights where I had gone to bed at a reasonable time, I woke up feeling well-rested and ready for the Yu Garden, the last cultural site of our trip. In addition, I knew today that I would have a few hours to hang out before I needed to be back…

May 17th- I learn Chinese finance without a class!

Today was the last of our company visits for the trip. Personally, it was my favorite day for site visits overall as well. The first visit of the day was to Delphi Technologies. It began with a presentation done by a past Pitt graduate, which was a cool way to start the presentation. In fact,…

May 16th- Logistics? Who knew it was interesting?

Today was another day in the beautiful Regal Hotel. After a late night the night before, I was really hoping to sleep in. Unfortunately, this is one of our earliest days that we had over the trip. I woke up at 6:00 for the 7:20 meeting time, and was up and down at breakfast by…

Day 11: Warehouse of the Future

I woke up and suited up, ready for the first day of company visits in Shanghai. When we got on the bus we met Mac, an American living in Shanghai. His job is to arrange logistics and shipping for companies shipping medium amounts of cargo. Small amounts of cargo aren’t important enough to be managed…

May 15th- Who wants to start a trade war?

Today was the second of my trips to different universities in China. After another solid breakfast, we went to the East China University of Science and Technology. It was some ways away, and I took a nice long nap on the way up.                 Upon getting there, it was not a barred and gated university,…

May 14th- I finally see what I missed in Xi’an

May 14th was our last day where the seven sick students were alone. We met up with the big group today, and resumed the rest of our trip the next day. We were given another late morning to recover from the train ride the day before. It was the first day where we ate breakfast…

May 13th- I ride the fastest train in the world

Waking up, I was still scared to eat the breakfast I normally eat, so today I had a lot of rolls and some potatoes. It was good, but it was quite bland. I was one of 7 members of our group who were sick enough to go the hospital. It was a late morning because…

May 10th- I get to see history older than the United States

May 10th was an early morning and unfortunately I had not had not much sleep during the prior evening. I woke up an hour before our leave time so that I could make sure that I ate breakfast and shower before we left. Once again, I had a great breakfast (which had now been normalized…

May 9th- Ceramic Smartphones? No way!

May 9th was our latest morning of the week. It also happened to be the first night I was able to sleep though without waking up, and was followed by another strong breakfast where I branched out in terms of how much fruit and washed goods (I had been very careful eating fresh foods as…

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…

Day 12: From the States to China

Today began with another company visit, to Delphi. By now, I’ve gotten the hang of dressing business casual and knowing what to expect from presentations. However, Delphi had a surprise for us! Our presented actually did graduate research at Pitt and worked under the mechanical engineering advisor. His story is interesting, because he loved learning…

Day 11: Logistics

              Today we got a tour guide named Mac, who grew up in the States but now lives and works in Shanghai in the forwarding industry. On the but he talked to us about logistics and stayed with us through the company visit and port visit. At Ocean East International Logistics we learned about how…

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…