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  • Final Exams and FarewellsFinals week and my last week in China! Tuesday was the day of my first exam. As I am the only student in my class doing the twelve week program, I took my test alone in a room Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Jun 7, 2015
  • Interactions with the LocalsOn Tuesday, I had my weekly meeting with my Chinese teacher, Zhou laoshi, and her daughter to whom I teach English. We’ve been meeting at a small café inside a small community for retired college teachers. Every week, Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Jun 7, 2015
  • Learning Cultural NormsOn Monday, I went to my Daoism class and discussed our fieldtrip the week before. After class was out, I stayed after and asked my professor to tell me about Confucianism from the Chinese perspective. He was thrilled. Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Jun 7, 2015
  • A Journey to GanbaoOn Monday, I took my second big test. I did not know until earlier that day that it was actually a continuation of my midterm exam, so I had to do well as it counts as thirty percent of Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Jun 7, 2015
  • Islam in ChengduLast Friday, I got out of Chinese class and took a taxi to the Mosque with my Muslim friend Aasim. He insisted that the best representation of the religion and of the Islamic community is in their Friday Worship. Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Jun 7, 2015
  • An Adventure to the Leshan Buddha and Mount EmeiOn Wednesday, my friend Ivo and I went to a local Sichuanese restaurant owned by some friends of ours. In an attempt to enhance our Sichuan dialect skills, they refused to speak to us in anything but Sichuanese. Posted by exg07161 in An Eastern Mind in a Western World | Jun 7, 2015
  • QUANDO SI è DI FRETTA#venerdì #minimarket #nonCredevoAiMieiOcchi #thisIsChina #rushingShopping Ce l'ho fatta per un pelo a prendere il cell e scattare la foto perchè ovviamente ANDAVA DI FRETTA!!!! :) Posted by Gamby in Travel Is My Nature | Jun 7, 2015
  • Getting into Tibet alone?If you think you can get into Tibet without a government sanctioned tour, then think again. With dozens of check points along the way, even someone with perfect Mandarin skills and good looks *cough* have trouble getting through without the Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Jun 7, 2015
  • A park with 3 mystic mountainsYading national reserve in southwestern Sichuan, China is one of the few national parks that still retain majority of its natural trails and that camping is allowed without special permits. The entire area encompasses three mystic mountains, each hover Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Jun 6, 2015
  • Road to TibetThe southern Sichuan to Tibet highway is one of the most popular weeks long bike rides in China. Starting in Chengdu and ending in Lhasa, the 2000+ km long journey is most often completed with a motorbike or bicycle, although Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Jun 5, 2015
  • A Holy MountainMt. Emei is considered to be one of the four most important Buddhist mountains in China. It's dedicated to bodhisattva Samantabhadra, of practice, action, and meditation. It's also the place that has been alluded to when people speak of Shaolin monaste Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Jun 4, 2015
  • One giant buddaLeshan giant Buddha near Chengdu, China is the world's tallest Buddha statue. Sitting at 71m tall, the statute took 90 years to complete. Originally intended to calm the turbulent waters of nearby rivers, the goal was achieved by the large Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Jun 3, 2015
  • Final Days in Shanghai (最后几天在上海)Last blog post of this trip which means I get to go back home and eat American food! Yayy! Since I've last posted, we went to Hangzhou (杭州) for a weekend getaway and stayed overnight Saturday into Sunday. We took a Posted by ruixueinchina in Shanghai 2015 | Jun 3, 2015
  • A beautiful trek.. on horsebackXuebao peak near Songpan, China is a popular 3 day horseback ride in the summer and fall season. During the trip one stays with a local Tibetan family and can get a first hand look at how life is like Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Jun 2, 2015
  • Dazu rock carvingsAncient rock carvings near Dazu, Chongqing is one of the world's best preserved and display of ancient religious and secular art. Began in the Tang dynasty, these carvings depict many harmonious aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, as well as Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | Jun 1, 2015
  • La chine en image – saison 1 épisode 1[center][/center] === Ça va bientôt faire trois mois que je suis arrivée au pays des pandas et il me semb Posted by elodieadie in la petite trotte d'Elodie-la-bougeotte | May 31, 2015
  • A slow transitionWhile many people in China is much richer than they were 20 years ago, their habits have not changed much. Whether it's throwing trash or spitting on the ground, there are many "uncivilized" behaviors that still remain. However, like for all Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 31, 2015
  • May Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Aggieland!May started off simply enough. I drove to College Station and addressed a large group of students. I stayed over on Saturday AM and met with Professors Dan Hill and Ding Zhu. Naturally we needed a few spelfies. In Chinese, Posted by fracmeister in SPE President Travels | May 30, 2015
  • One of the world's most beautiful parksJiuzhaigou national park in northern Sichuan, China is one of the world's most beautiful national park. With pristine environments, crystal clear turquoise waters, deep blue skies, untouched ancient forests and towering mountains makes it a must visit for Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 30, 2015
  • Smoggy China?When most people think of China, they picture a smoggy and gray sky. And they would be correct if they only visit larger cities, especially in the north. However, in more remote areas in the south and especially in the Posted by btang in Being a Kid Again | May 29, 2015
  • 最近的事 (Recent happenings)It's been a while since I posted; it's been a super busy week with writing an abstract that was due Monday, catching up on readings, finishing up our tours of the city as well as studying for my weekly exam Posted by ruixueinchina in Shanghai 2015 | May 29, 2015
  • Shanghai Departure: May 18We packed our bags with our purchases and managed to fit them all in our luggage. Packing light to come to China turned out to be a great idea. We had another wonderful buffet breakfast at the hotel then boarded Posted by jkroetsch in China | May 18, 2015
  • Shanghai: May 17We started our day with a bus ride to the Bund where we were free to walk the mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River and take in the two skylines: on the one side, all the new, modern buildings that Posted by jkroetsch in China | May 17, 2015
  • Hangzhou-Shanghai May 16After another delicious buffet breakfast, we visited Jingci Temple. Joe Ying, our guide who is Buddhist, led this tour. He explained the purpose of the different areas of the temple and details about the statues of Buddha, his guards, Posted by jkroetsch in China | May 16, 2015
  • Wuxi to Hangzhou: May 15The first stop this morning in Wuxi was the tour of the largest pearl exhibition in China at the Wuxi Yuan Run Ju Pearl Co. We were shown a fresh water oyster (triangular in shape) and then they opened it Posted by jkroetsch in China | May 15, 2015
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