Downtown Hangzhou

Samstag, 20.09.2014

Today we had (at least for Chinese standards) a wonderful blue sky and sunny weather. Perfect for our first tour to downtown Hangzhou. Our campus is in Hangzhou, but it still takes up to an hour to get to the city center. Another specialty for this trip was our company: back in Germany we met some Chinese students from Hangzhou and became friends.

Now we met them again and got on a interesting daytrip. The most popular sight in Hangzhou and the whole PR of China is the picturesque West Lake. It is one of the four beauties of the ancient Chinese world and inspires a whole bunch of poets and landscape architects. Therefore it was the today’s target. The banks were overcrowded with people who enjoyed the sunny day. It was a good age mix, like I would want to see it in Germany: a few old, more mid 40s and a lot young people and children. The demographic development seems to work right here.

We continued our tour to the great Pagode at the top of a hill with a wide overview over the city. Driving by bus without any Chinese language skills is quite impossible, so we were happy to have our friends with us. I’m really looking forward to our Chinese course to understand the signs-it’s like being a little child who waits for school to start!!!

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Fast, faster, China

Donnerstag, 18.09.2014

The first week is almost completed and I’m feeling, like I’ve been here for a month. As the title says, everything here is taking two steps at a time. No matter where you look: streets, constructions sites (as the new campus for the freshmen students), the markets, the campus or the the procedures in the international office. The funny contrast in it is, that you also see a lot Chinese sleeping, wherever they go or sit. It seems that they are fast, while going slow. De-accelartion - that’s my first impression and definitely a lesson to be learned by everybody.

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Introduction

Montag, 15.09.2014

Hallo everybody!

This is Jan and his blog of adventures and impressions during his semester abroad in the far eastern world of China.

I'll attend a semester abroad at the ZUST in Hangzhou, China, for 6 month and hope to inform you, make you laugh and think about a culture which is far too diverse to just discribe it with Made in China ... or newer PRC! Enjoy...

     Panorama of The Great Wall