First off, I want to apologize for my lack of updates while in China.  Between the lack of internet access and government censorship of the web, I wasn’t able to post any updates.

To sum up my trip to China, though, it was incredible.  We began our trek across the country in Suzhou — a “suburb” of about 6 million about an hour outside of Shanghai.  We stayed at Suzhou University for a week doing most of our classroom discussions.  While there, we stayed with Chinese roommates and took several trips to local cultural attractions.  Suzhou, interestingly, is the largest site for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the world — obvious from the sprawling industrial park nearby.  

From Suzhou, we boarded an overnight train bound for Beijing.  In the capital city we saw all the most famous sights.  From the Square and the Forbidden City to the Great Wall and the Olympic Venues, the city was a whirlwind.

We took a brief trip via domestic Chinese air carriers to Xian to see the Terra cotta soldiers, which were over 2300 years old and over 6000 in number.  A remarkable site, and rather humbling when you consider our country is only 250 or so years old.

The last few days of our trip were spent in Shanghai — an extremely western city with a definite Chinese flare.  From Nanjing Road with major shopping malls to the Bund, we did most of our purchasing.  We also went into the World Financial Center Building, which has the highest observation deck in the world.  It gave us a birds eye view of the city stretching into the haze.

Needless to say, it was bitter sweet to board our plane back the the States — I was tired, but I had had the experience of a lifetime.  Posted are a few pictures of my adventures.  I’m bound for Seattle to start my internship training and then on to San Francisco.


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