One step closer to my future
This trip seemed to me, a good opportunity to learn about another culture so I would be more prepared for a job in international finance and economics. China, mainly Hong Kong, is a huge part of the world of finance. I think that being here and taking this language class will make me more comfortable with the language, and obviously build on my vocabulary.
The culture class that Dr. Jing Luo is teaching us will help a lot with my plans for the future because it will help me to understand why things are the way they are in this country. This way I can make sure I am respectful of the Chinese culture. I am really exciting to be beginning my experience here in China; I think it will be everything I have been expecting it to be.
I started my Chinese class two days ago. About half of the students are from America, all but one are Bloomsburg students, the other half are students from Korea. It’s interesting to hear about other people’s experiences in China. I like my class a lot. It moves at a much quicker pace than it does at Bloomsburg since we have class for four hours every day, as opposed to 50 minutes three times a week. It makes the learning process easier, because you get more accustomed to the language. It also helps a lot hearing the language being spoken everywhere around you.
It is exciting overhearing someone’s conversation and knowing what they are talking about. It makes class feel really beneficial. The classes are broken up by how well you speak the language. The first full day we were here we took a placement test that determined what level of Chinese we were at. After getting placed into our classes, students were given a week to change their class if they felt it was too easy or too hard. The way the class is tailored around each individual’s level of the language makes the class more interesting. They are small classes so everyone participates and everyone gets to know each other so that they don’t have to feel embarrassed if they get something wrong. It is a good way to learn and I feel that I will get a lot of this class.
One of the most noticeable differences here is China is the traffic. It’s not comparable to any city I have ever been to in the United States. The road is shared by cars, busses, taxis, bikes, and motorcycles and scooters. I haven’t really noticed any sort of traffic laws being enforced or followed; I’m beginning to think there is no such thing.
People park wherever they want and have no real regard for pedestrians or bicyclists. I wouldn’t say that they are rude, though it seems that way at first. There is just a general understanding among everyone. No one really stops for anyone else, they just sort of swerve around whatever is in their way. There are lines on the road, but no one follows them too much. I have seen people driving in both lanes very often or in the other lane entirely. It’s very interesting to see but you have to constantly be on your toes when you are walking around.
Our first group dinner was at the Peking Duck. The restaurant was amazing. I loved the scenery, great service, but the thing I loved most was the food! It was delicious. We ordered, duck liver, duck heart, duck feet, duck soup, and regular duck meat. The duck meat rolled up in a tortilla with sauce, and celery was my favorite. I have eaten these wraps in China Town before but it wasn’t even close to being as good as it is here.
For dessert we had cookies that the restaurant is famous for. They were really flaky and buttery; I can see why they are famous for them. After one week, this was definitely my favorite meal here. I hope to go back before I leave.
Our first Saturday here we went to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. From the above picture you can tell that it was a really humid day from all the haze, and that it was insanely crowded. I wish the weather could have been better so that I would have enjoyed it more but I think we are planning to go back for a little during the week.
It was really cool to see all the history. This is a picture of one of the many buildings in the city. They were all finely decorated which you can see in the picture at the left. We got to see Mao’s throne, and where he slept and lived.
My favorite part was at the end; we saw the garden where he kept all of his concubine’s. The garden was beautiful, it had really pretty orange flowers, lots of shrubbery and rock formations. They also had trees that were 300 hundred years old.
One of the trees is said to be good luck if you touch it, so we’ll see if I get good luck! We were also supposed to climb up to the top of a mountain where there is an observation building so that we could look back on the entire city. It was too hot to do that so hopefully we can do that sometime soon.
— Jeanine DelSordo, finance and economics major