Category Archives: China 2010

Applied Learning

Chinese Internet turned against me, so pretend this was posted around November 11th: In addition to frolicking around Shanghai for the past two weeks, I’ve also been doing a bit of reading—more than I get in at Carleton to say … Continue reading

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Peaceful, Easy Feeling

Ah, the joys of a Westernized city.  Just wandering around in Shanghai has so far been a breath of fresh air, so to speak (because the air still isn’t great).  But the streets are clean, the subway is extremely convenient, … Continue reading

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And how do we get there?

National travel week:  seven days of vacation following China’s national holiday for the entire population of China to simultaneously hop on trains and buses and flood the country’s tourism sites, then leave them deserted and return to work, where they … Continue reading

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True or False

What’s real, what’s fake, and how can we tell the difference?  Is it even important to tell the difference?  Such deep questions for such a shallow blog post. There are some things in China that are obviously fake:  the ripped-off … Continue reading

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The Circus Comes to Town

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, gather around for a show that’s sure to attract attention… a bunch of American college kids playing outside.  We’ve now settled in to Tianjin, with a daily routine of language class in the … Continue reading

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Zhen de Zhongguo (The Real China)

It’s tough to know what to write when every sight you see is more amazing than the last.  But now that we’ve been in China three days, we’ve started to see the counterparts of all of the tourist attractions and … Continue reading

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Just Like the Pictures

A day has passed, and so far I’ve taken 78 photos.  But it’s okay, because a fellow Dragon Rider – the (odd/funny?) name Zhao has given us program-goers – has already taken 313.  Sometimes I’m not even sure what I’m … Continue reading

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