rickdes4, June 14th, 2018
It feels like I was just in China yesterday, but it has already been a long three week since arriving back home. The jet lag returning took me a good five days to fully recover, however I was no very jetlagged on the flight to China. One thing I was excited to return home to was a nice soft bed, rather than the hard ones in China. Once finally arriving home, many of my close friends and family members asked to see pictures and to hear about my China experience.
Beijing overall was a learning experience to say the least. Not many people spoke English so the language barrier was strong, however using translation apps helped a little with communication. I personally believe the most fun, yet challenging thing I did in Beijing was attempting to order food. The process was really a team effort with the group of people I was with, along with the people taking the order. The ordering process involved a lot of translation apps, picture taking, finger pointing and hand gestures.
During one of the weekends in China we took the bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai. I have always wanted to see/ride on a bullet train just to really experience and see how fast it actually goes. The ride was quick with only a few stops and there was different scenery almost every time I looked out the window. I like to compare Shanghai to Time Square in New York, however I would have to say Shanghai was definitely much cleaner and appeared to be more modern. There was almost every high-end retail store you could think of, as well as many USA food chains spread around. Many people actually spoke English, and I also met someone that was from Houston at a museum we all visited. I really wish we had spent more than 2 days in Shanghai, there was so much more to see and do there, but the limited time prevented that from happening.
The best part about this trip was being able to experience a new culture along with others that have never experienced it before either. We were all in the same boat and coming across similar challenges that we were able to work together in order to overcome them. For example, the food ordering process and dealing with taxi drivers. Another big thing that was great to go through together was bargaining with some store workers and making sure each other did not get ripped off in price or quality of a product being purchased.
This study abroad trip was a really fun learning experience for me. I learned more about Chinese business through the lectures at the college by the Chinese professors, from the companies we visited and also learned quite a bit just from the interaction with the locals there. China is definitely a place I would like to revisit in the future and go explore some other cities and see what they are all about and have to offer.
Categories: 2018 Trip