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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi June 15th 2018

A short stop in Wuxi, only 2 days, but spent with an old friend, which meant catching up while enjoying good food!... read more
Pretty big lake
Boats but no swimming
Roads are new and great

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi May 1st 2016

Nach bestandenen Mid-Term Exams, gönnte uns die Schule einen kleinen Urlaub. Zur Auswahl standen Beijing und Wuxi. Da ich bereits in Beijing war, ging ich wie auch etwa 120 andere Studenten nach Wuxi. Am ersten Tag stand der Besuch der CCTV Movie and TV Base, ein Ort an dem chinesische TV-Serien und Filme gedreht wurden, an. Das wurde uns aber nicht direkt gesagt und daher dachten wir zuerst, es wäre wie ein historisches Dorf. Nachdem ich aber zufällig etwas fester gegen eine Mauer fasste und merkte dass sie hohl war, wurde das mit dem Drehort doch einleuchtender. Auch wenn vielleicht nicht sehr original historisch, die Umgebung war doch wirklich schön, da dieser Schauplatz auch an dem Taihu Lake angrenzt. Skurill ist es aber doch. In den ersten 15 Minuten zu Fuß (wenigstens nur soweit) wird alle ... read more
Platz vor der CCTV Studio Base

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi October 8th 2015

Wow, time fliesmust be the most accurate of all the idioms. It is mind boggling to think that I have just 6 weeks left in China. My last day in Wuxi is November 30 and with the help of my friend Susan who will spend my last week here with me, I will be home on December 2. I have been so very fortunate to have many friends come to visit and to have made many new friends in my year here. Jenna came in August and we had a great time and an amazing trip to Huangshan Mountain. The natural beauty was astonishing and the hiking was ridiculously steep, arduous and at times, scary. It was really magical and ended with a visit to the Huangshan Hot Springs. Just what my aching body needed and ... read more
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Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi October 8th 2015

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi » Yixing July 15th 2015

Been 5 days of teaching plus out to eat with a gang of 5 every night. I'm tired. But there's another trip planned. This one to Yixing. No word on what we'll see. Just hop on a bus with other teachers and a bunch of students and go where it takes us. Come to find there are two key things to see in Yixing: Nature and purple teapots. We saw the former, were supposed to see the latter, but there were no purple teapots to be found, it seems. Yixing is known for caves and a bamboo forest that became known primarily because it was the set for a popular Chinese movie. We visited one cave, Linggu. It is set in a larger complex. Our tour paused long enough for a "native" performance. People in grass ... read more
Playing with Fire
The Cave
More Playing with Fire

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi July 3rd 2015

Two classes, 15 students each; 6 hours daily of teaching. There are a total of 240 undergraduates; 14 teachers. The students are the top performers in each major at the university. Their Honor’s program involves many multi-disciplinary programs including this required 3-week conversational English program. My class is made up of Food Science, Polymer, Modeling (yes, strangely, Modeling is a major), Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Secondary Education and a number of other majors. Their English level is mixed, but generally good since every student had to get a minimum score on the English portion of their university entrance exam. Most universities look only at the overall score. I’ve repurposed many lessons from previous summers, with some classes added and others dropped. Just as in past summers, these students are highly motivated but ... read more
Classroom
Independence Day Dancing
Mingling

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi June 30th 2015

Last night in China this time around and trying to catch up on the past three crazy-busy weeks. These entries will depend more on photos than verbiage. Arrived in Wuxi for my fifth 3-week teaching gig in China after a 3 hour bus ride from Shanghai. Jiangnan University is an old university but on a relatively new campus. The campus was built about 12 years ago with about 30,000 students enrolled. I found out only later that it, like many universities in China, was built over an old cemetery. There are few cemeteries left in China, as cremations are now the norm. Land close into urban areas is far too valuable for dead people, so it is used to educate the living instead. There are numerous dormitory ghost stories that have become the rumored rationale for ... read more
Jiangnan Univeristy
Canal through Univeristy
Dormitories

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi » Suzhou November 23rd 2014

Geo: 31.3, 120.62Our breakfast at the Pan Pacific Hotel was as elaborate as all the previous mornings with the addition of ice cream. Yes, Brennan had mango and "yum" ice cream for breakfast. The hotel had a 10-acre garden with ponds filled with koi, pagodas, foot bridges and flowers still in bloom. The downside was that we only had a few minutes to walk around the grounds and it was our first day with rain.We were loaded onto the bus and headed to the Garden of the Master of Fishing Nets, dating back to 1140. While driving, Jo told us how the city of Suzhou was situated at the south end of the 1100 mile Grand Canal that begins north of Beijing. The canal provided transport of goods, connecting the Yangtze and Yellow rivers. Suzhou now ... read more
Our Tour Group at the Garden
Pan Pacific Hotel Garden
Pan Pacific Hotel Garden

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi » Suzhou March 25th 2014

Geo: 31.1547, 120.723So far the weather has been perfect, no rain in Warsaw and Moscow, brilliant sunshine in Siberia, overcast but warm and dry in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Today was our first rest day with nothing planned and it rained so nothing lost either.The leaflet of Tongli where we are staying describes the town as;"Tongli is small but the lane is very circuitous, deep and quiet. The geography of cultural and historical relics also complicated, in order to make tourists who visit here for the first time enjoy themselves".We have avoided making fun of the rather odd translations on signs as we are extremely grateful for all the effort made to make foreigners like us feel welcome, but the above was on a leaflet given to hundreds of thousands of tourists a year, you would ... read more
The only motor boat in town
Street Food
Lunch

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Wuxi » Suzhou March 24th 2014

Geo: 31.1547, 120.723As previously advertised we are spending a couple of days doing very little to get our feet rested from all the sites and museums. We are in a town called Tongli which is one of the "water towns" to the east of Shanghai (for some reason it gets the district name of Suzhou from the Travelpad mapping tool). Tongli is supposedly full of old historic houses built around a system of canals, a bit like the Dutch villages in the north of Holland but with shorter people and no cheese nor windmills.I say supposedly as most of the houses are reproductions. Whether the originals were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution or it is just the Chinese way of restoration (knock it down, rebuild using concrete made to look old and new wood). Whilst they ... read more
It looks old
Day trippers
Our sitting room




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