The Homeward Haul Day

May 19 Well… it’s over. And now I have to endure this absurdly long plane ride home. At least there are some good movies on the plane (and I’m in the middle seat again). We woke up today and had an hour drive to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Security at the airport was a little…

The Past and Present(ation) Day

May 18 The last day of the trip! And our shortest bus ride of the trip? Yep. Today we visited the Yu Garden with our tour guide Alex, who we had not seen since the first day we got to Shanghai. We parked in a parking lot in some random area of the city and…

The American Bunny Day

May 17 Today’s bus ride was not nearly as long as yesterday’s (thankfully). Today in the morning we visited Delphi Technologies. The person we met with there was head of sales but most shockingly, he was also a Pitt Grad. Well, he got his Ph.D. from Pitt, but still! In his talk, we talked a…

The Shipping Noodles Day

May 16 Today we had a really long bus ride. Two hours one way to get where we were going. On the bus ride, we met Mac. He is an American who has been living in China since 2008. He came to China because he had always enjoyed travel and when he graduated college the…

The Vocal Acrobatics Day

May 15 Today was the first time we were able to see where our hotel was. It is an entirely different world from downtown Shanghai. The hotel is in the French concession of Shanghai. The area is covered with trees (allergies were a bit of an issue) and the buildings are mostly residential, and the…

The River Boat Day

May 14 Another early day, another long commute. But the commute was from Xi’an to Shanghai and that meant bullet train. This ride was a little more enjoyable than the last, however. This time we worked it out that everyone in our row was on our trip, so I didn’t have be woken up at…

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…

The Emperor’s Day

May 10 The return of Joe! Our fearless tour guide was back for our final full day in Beijing. And boy was it a busy day. First, we visited Tian’anmen Square which is the where many government buildings are located. Joe described it as a politically active area but did not go into the controversial…

The Sun and Night Day

May 9 Long bus rides seem to be the norm here. This morning our program visited the Sunshine Insurance Group. The campus was beautiful. It is modeled after European buildings and every inch of the grounds was pristine. We walked into the building and were shocked when they took us into a lecture hall (this…

The Student-Athlete Day

May 8 Another long bus ride to start the day, but this time without Uncle Joe’s comedy. Today’s visit was to Central University of Finance and Economics or CUFE. We were ushered across the campus to attend a lecture given by Dr. Yao. He taught at CUFE but had for a while been a guest…

The Great Wall Day

May 7 Today started off slow. Everyone needed to get cash and there were two methods of doing this; get money from the ATM or go into the bank. If you went into the bank, you had to have your passport and US dollars with you to exchange. Then you had to fill out a…

The 38 Hour Day

May 5 & 6 Or at least it felt like one day. Friday began at 7:00 am in Baltimore, but I am going to call my brief nap after dinner in Pittsburgh the breakpoint between Friday and Saturday. So, the 38-hour day started in Pittsburgh at 8:00 pm. Hours one through six everyone spent doing…

Pre-departure Individual Report

My international experience to date is: I have traveled internationally in the Americas and Europe for family vacation. In Europe I have spent time in Great Britain, primarily in London, as well as a few different locations in Italy and France. I have also been to Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. These visits were…

China, I’m Ready!

Hi! I am Alec Sharps, a rising sophomore in the College of Business Administration pursuing a major in Finance and Accounting, and a minor in Economics. I am involved in The Stock Trading Pitt in the role of Senior Analyst next year. I am also a member of Pitt Collegiate DECA. I am from Lutherville, Maryland, roughly 12 miles…

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…