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Asia » China January 2nd 2011

Since I’ve been to China 3 times in the past year with one time being long term, so I’ve decided to actually write something useful for all of you first time/potential travelers to China—common tourist traps. Some of these I have heard from friends; others I have watched other people get screwed over; and some of these I was actually able to experience first-hand and fortunately dug my way out. Which ones? I’m not going to tell you; but always follow the golden rule—always travel with a buddy. That way, you’re not the only one that gets F’d over and you’ll have someone to laugh with about your stupidity. Most of these scenarios have the same purpose or outcome…getting left with a hefty bill to pay. The “I am also traveling here too” scenario. This scenario ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Wangfujing January 2nd 2011

We had to wake up early in order to catch our flight to Beijing. It was said to leave Nanjing because by then we knew our trip was coming to an end. Our flight left Nanjing at 9 am and we flew China Eastern Airlines. I sat near the back of the plane with Camille and a local Chinese girl named Kate who was going to Beijing for business. I worked on my blog for a little bit during the flight. When we arrived at Beijing, Kate and I started to talk. I was able to practice my Chinese with her which was great. I was able to hold a conversation from the jetway to the baggage claim, which was self-satisfying. We exchanged QQ numbers afterwards and I keep in touch with her to this day. ... read more
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天安门广场
天安门广场

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing December 24th 2010

The day after visiting the CPU students, we woke up early for a busy day of touring. First we visited Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum. This was my 3rd visit to Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum and nothing has changed. The ice cream stand where I tasted my first red bean ice cream bar was still there. It was a very cold day with periods of light rain. We walked all the way up to the top of the mausoleum and back down. Next we went to the Ming Tombs. I ordered a chocolate milk tea from a vendor outside before going in. This was the second time I’ve been to the Ming Tombs. This time, there were less people, which was nice, but the carnival games were gone! We had about an hour to venture around the Ming Tombs. ... read more
Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum
Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum
Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum

Asia » China » Jiangsu » Nanjing December 17th 2010

Today we had our tour and meeting at China Pharmaceutical University. We started out morning with the key lab opening ceremony on the Xuanwumen Campus. Dr. Gu and Dr. Floriddia exchanged some opening words and each of them gave a presentation on China Pharmaceutical University and University of the Pacific respectively. Listening to Dr. Gu's presentation about China Pharmaceutical University was mind blowing. China Pharmaceutical University was established in 1986 and was incorporated with the Nanjing College of Traditional Chinese Pharmacy. CPU has a lot of school departments which was quite impressive. They have a school of pharmacy, traditional Chinese pharmacy, life science and technology, international pharmaceutical business, high vocational education, and continuing educations. CPU offers research programs in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, pharmaceutical analys... read more
China Pharmaceutical University
China Pharmaceutical University
China Pharmaceutical University

Asia » China December 14th 2010

Today we had a busy day visiting China Pharmaceutical University, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital and The Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital. Breakfast at the Xuanwu Lakeview hotel was awesome. They had a mix of Western dishes along with Chinese dishes. I enjoyed the red bean congee splashed with some sugar. We started touring China Pharmaceutical University's Xuanwumen campus. When we arrived we were greeted by our guide Zhixiang Shi, the associate professor of English. He also serves as a simultaneous interpreter. Shi holds a lot of positions such as Deputy Directory in the Office of International Exchange & Cooperation; Director of the Department of Pharmaceutical English, and English Reviewer and Editor of various medical journals on campus. The campus was very large and reminded me a little of Shanghai University but nicer. They just recently built ... read more
China Pharmaceutical University
China Pharmaceutical University
China Pharmaceutical University

Asia » China » Shanghai » Huangpu December 14th 2010

On Monday we woke up around 7:30 to get ready to go to SFO. We stopped by Burger King on the way and I ate my usual 2 egg and cheese croissanwhichs. I couldn't sleep well the night before either because I was too excited or I was still in the funk of sleeping poorly during finals week. We arrived at the airport a little before 10 am. My parents decided to wait around until 10:30 for the rest of the group. After I said good bye, I checked in at the counter. After the entire group showed up, we went through security. Going through security was definitely more intense than it was the last time I was at the airport. The have this new metal detector that scans your entire body. My 白人的朋友 didn't have ... read more
Shanghai No. 1 Dispensary
Phebe
The Bund Hotel

Asia » China » Shanghai » Zhabei August 13th 2010

The saying "time flies when you are having fun" definitely comes from somewhere. This entry is not much about what I have done while I've been staying in Shanghai, but more of what I have learned from it. Tomorrow will be my last day to do last minute shopping and packing, so there really is not much left for me to talk about. When I came home last year after studying abroad here at Shanghai University, I realized that I had no pictures to go along with the places that I mentioned and frequently missed around where I stayed. Those places were a part of my daily life and it never seemed to cross my mind to stop and take a photo of them because one day that place might not be the same. Anyone who ... read more
Shanghai University
Shanghai University
Shanghai University

Asia » China » Shanghai August 12th 2010

The day after Wuzhen, I met up with my Chinese friend Minchao who just came back from studying abroad in Germany. We met at the Bailian Shi Mao International Center for dinner. She brought along her friend Irene who studied English Literature at Fudan. We went back and forth talking in Chinese and English. We ate duck, chicken, and fish. After dinner, we decided to go to a convenient store to grab some beers. I saw Snow Beer in the fridge so I decided to drink that since I could not find it in the states for the past year. We stopped at a KFC to find a table since it had A/C. We talked a lot of culture differences. At around 1am, Minchao's parents were driving around in the area and asked if I wanted ... read more
Dinner with Minchao
Dinner with Minchao
Me, Minchao, Irene

Asia » China » Zhejiang August 11th 2010

Today we woke up at around 7:00 in order to be at People's Square by 7:30 to meet up with Tristan's friend, Irene and the tour group to Wuzhen. When we arrived, the area was very chaotic with Chinese people yelling and screaming. It was also hot as hell. Since I have been here, it has been damn hot and I have been feeling sweaty and gross. It's going to be nice going back to tolerable weather in the states, but I do know one thing--I am glad that I'm out of the asshole of America, called Stockton. Tristan introduced me to the term "hard-drives" to describe a specific selection of people in the city. A hard-drive is a person who basically doesn't have any etiquette or sense of surroundings. They are usually the dark skin ... read more
Entrance to Wuzhen
Boats
Bridge in Wuzhen

Asia August 10th 2010

Silas woke up and left in the morning at 8am to go to work. He let me stay at his place until I had to go to the airport. I did laundry the night before at his place, so I packed away the clothes that I washed. I said good bye to Silas and he gave me the key and told me to lock up the place and put the key under the mat. I took a shower and made sure that I had everything packed. On my way out, I wrote a note to put with the key under the mat. I walked outside of the apartment complex with my 50L backpack and laptop bag. I crossed the street and was able to flag down a taxi. The taxi driver knew exactly where I wanted ... read more
Putting the Key Under the Mat
Room 122
Doraemon Sets




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