Day Eleven- The Biggest Port In The World and Italian Food

At 7:45 a.m. we hopped on the bus and drove two hours to Ocean East International Logistics. This company would have been an industrial engineers dream. They are involved with the planning that goes into how all sorts of goods are transported around the world. There were so many variables that they have to consider….

Day Ten – Too Much Showmanship

Today we got to sleep in a little more than usual. We met in the lobby at 9:15 to go to the East China University of Science and Technology. I thought this visit would be more geared towards the engineering students, but instead we had a lecture on little facts about China’s business and political…

Day 11: 洋山深水港 (Yangshan Deep Water Port)

Day 3 in Shanghai once again did not disappoint. After another beautiful breakfast, we boarded the bus and headed off to Ocean East International Logistics. Today we had Mac Sullivan traveling with us on the bus who is currently the Greater China Trade Lane Manager for Toll Global Forwarding. Mac graduated from the University of…

Day 1: Fourteen hours to the Future

Today was a day of many emotions, and it also happened to be one of the longest days of my life literally spanning more than 24 hours. For me I’m going to start my day where I met all the other students going on the China trip. I had been scared of going across the…

Day Nine – Monks and Cruises

To catch our train to Shanghai, we had to get up at about 6 to get breakfast and then leave the hotel at 6:30. Once again it was another 6-hour train ride to Shanghai, but this trip didn’t seem as long as the one to Xian. When we got off the train, it was stifling…

Day Eight – An Army and 95 Degrees

Today we had to wake up a little bit earlier than usual to see the Terra Cotta Army. Dr. Lee wanted to beat the rush, so we were on the bus by 7:45. I did not realize how recent a discovery the Terra Cotta Army was. It was only discovered in 1974 by a farmer…

Day Seven – A Children’s Village and Buddhism

Today, we met at 8:30 and got back on the bus to go to the children’s village. It was about an hour drive outside the city. It’s weird that as soon as you drive a little bit outside the city, it immediately becomes a rural area. I don’t think they have much in the way…

Day Six – Bullet Trains, The Muslim Market, and Dumplings

Well today started off kind of a mess. Last night, about seven people from our group went to the hospital because they couldn’t stop throwing up. It would not have been that big of a deal if we were not leaving for Xian today. So, what ended up happening is that we had to leave…

The End of My Great Adventure

Day 13: Well this was it, the final day in China.  I tried to fit in everything that I could today.  We started with a guided tour of the Yu Garden.  This was a private garden in Shanghai that was built by a rich family and has since been turned into a tourist attraction.  Markets…

The First of the Goodbyes

Day 12: The week keeps getting more and more exhausting.  I have trouble keeping my eyes open if I sit for too long.  The trip thus far has been amazing.  I am trying to limit my sleep because I am trying to get everything out of this trip that I can. Today we began the…

As the Ship Sails Out to Sea, China Ships All It’s Goods Away to Me

Day 11: Well today I found out something that made me feel really embarrassed.  So, my friends showed me the video of the knife “throwing” from the acrobat show.  It turns out that no knives were actually thrown at me, and the whole thing was fake.  I felt really embarrassed because my friends kept it…

More Walking, More Fun

Day 10: Today we started out the day with a nice short bus ride.  Long commutes to various locations have been a part of our daily lives here.  Honestly it felt weird not to be on a bus and napping for the entire ride.  After leaving the bus I instantly began to feel the heat. …

The Clay Bike Day

May 13 Today was, unfortunately, a day we had to wake up early (like had to wake up at 5:45 to be on the bus at 6:10 early, I am not a morning person). So, I decided to forgo a full breakfast and instead opted to make a breakfast to go. I made the most…

The Children’s Day

May 12 This morning we had an hour-long bus ride (big surprise) to go out to The Sun Village. This is a children’s village for kids whose parents are in jail. There are currently 54 kids living in the village with ages ranging from five to seventeen. It was started by a prison guard after…

The Pounding Men’s Day

May 11 Today did not start with a long bus ride. Instead, we woke up even earlier than usual and took a long train ride! At least it’s easy to get up and walk around. But it was my first experience riding a bullet train. The train itself is definitely made to go fast. Both…

Day Five – The Marathon

Today was exhausting. We saw so many things. The first historical site we went to was the Forbidden City. It was so much bigger than what I expected. I thought it was just like one big court yard with a gate at one end and the palace on the other. Instead there was gate after…

Day Four – A Strange Insurance Company and Smart Phones

Today we went on two company visits. The first one was the Sunshine Insurance Group. It was a very interesting and almost unnerving visit. The company’s campus made it feel like we were back in the U.S. at some old New England college. Before they took us on a tour of the campus, they showed…

Day Three-All Tied Up

This morning we met at 8:00 and drove about an hour and a half away to the Central University of Finance and Economics. The campus was nice to walk around because it was flat and had a lot of trees. The first thing we did was attend a lecture on big data, the consumer differences…

Day Two – Toboggans And Hot Pot

I slept really well last night. Having not slept for almost two days really takes it out of you. Today, we saw the Great Wall. It took us about an hour and half by bus to get to the Wall. Once we were there, we had the option of hiking up the stairs or taking…

Day One – The Day That Would Never End

When I consider the fact that I never slept from Friday until Sunday night, those three days blurred together, and I came to think of them as one day. On Friday we arrived back on campus and ‘spent the night’ in Tower A. However, since we had to leave for the airport at 2:15 a.m.,…