Tag Archives: Shenzhen

The Countdown in Hong Kong Continues, and I Learn Packing Sucks!

The final days saga continues. No matter how many years go by since my study abroad, whenever I look back over these posts, it seems as vivid to me as if it happened yesterday. Don’t miss it – there’s a very fancy, schmancy date to be had! Continue reading

No Bikinis for This Spring Break, Beijing’s a Little Cool in April

This spring break was unlike any other break I ever took during college – and for good reason! It was in mainland China! I hope you enjoy reading about food poisoning, hiking one of the manmade wonders of the world and traveling like I’ve never traveled before. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was still incredible. Continue reading

Chinese Scrolls and the Freshest Lunch Possible (Still Alive an Hour Ago)

This field trip still boggles my mind to this day. If you’ve ever taken a class field trip, wipe any preconceived notions you may have, because they don’t come close to rivaling this journey into the heart of a rural Chinese village. Prepare for nearly live lunches, gigantic ancestral shrines and more food than anyone should consume in a 2-day period. Continue reading

Shenzhen China – It’s Like a Whole Other Country

I thought I had acclimated to China after almost two months of living in Hong Kong. Boy was I wrong. Once I arrived in Shenzhen, China, the culture shock was back on! Below is Part 1 of my 2 Part post diving into China head on.

March 2nd, 2010

The entrance to Nirvana for just $21 USD for 24 hours.

The entrance to Nirvana for just $21 USD for 24 hours.

Though all parts of the same country, Hong Kong has little in common with mainland China.  The differences were stark and stunning. After my first visit I could barely express how glad I was to be studying in Hong Kong, China and not mainland China.  I thought I had culture shock in Hong Kong; but I was going through a culture earthquake in Shenzhen and Guangzhou! Let me back up though, and start from Friday when we left for the motherland.

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