My exchange trip to China felt like my first time abroad. It was my first proper time being abroad. I sat in an aiplane for the first time, I was for the first time two weeks away from home, and it was a destination far away. So I would call my trip to China my first trip abroad.
We flew to China due to a student exchange program between the school I went to and a school in Nanxung, at least I think the city was called Nanxung. Doesn´t matter a city two hours drive away from Shanghai.
We had an exchange partner who we sated with for one week. We went to school with them, met ther family and friends and experienced the typical chines life. I guess it was not 100% the typical chinese life, because our hostfamilies were quite wealthy. Everything was really interesting, new and sooooo different. The food, the people, the language, the look of the city, and the traffic.
We had an exchange partner who we sated with for one week. We went to school with them, met ther family and friends and expierenced the typical chinese life. I guess it was not 100% the typical chinees life, because our hostfalilies were quite wealthy. Everything was really interesting, new and sooooo different. The food, the people, the language, the look of the city, and the traffic.
We did so many new things which our chinese friends. We learned tai chi, some chinese word, how to write or paint the letters and so on.
And we learnd, that german kids don´t have a lot of homework to do. Even if we think so.
The second week we discovered Shanghai and Peking/Bejing a little. Which was very interesting and new as well. A huge advantage was, that we could sleep in normal beds again, because chineese bed are basicly wood with a bamboo mat on top. At least that was the case at our hostfamilies.
We stayed I think two days in Shanghai, where we visited a “pearl factory”, a “silk factory”, a place where paintbrushes were made by hand, and the finance district plus the highest building of the city. Very interesting to see how much work it takes to create one of thus typical chinese paintbrushes.
Shanghai really feels like a very big city. At least for me, who comes from a medium size village in the North of Germany. So I was impressed by all their huge buildings, the amount of People. I think it was my first time being in such a big city.
We also took a stroke over the wedding market, where you could see hundreds of personal descriptions of young people, mainly women, who were looking for a partner. Also, parents were standing around holding pictures of their daughter in their hands.
If you visit Shanghai you really need to see it by night. It feels like a different world. And it looks stunning.
The last few days we did spend in Peking/Bejing.
We took the night train from Shanghai to Peking, which was an adventure in itself. Sleeping on 4 qm with five other people is something different.
Peking, even if it is the capital of China felt like a small or medium size village. I liked it better than Shanghai, due to all the old buildings. In Peking we did the usual turist stuff. We visited the forbidden city, the Olimpic village, the temple of heaven and of course the great wall.
The day we went to the great wall it was raining cats and dogs. So on almost every Picture we took we were wearing these awesome raincoats. But the rain had a positive side effect, we were almost the only people on the wall.
When you enter the wall you can decide between the easy way (the right side) and the “hard” way (the left side). I recommend the left side, even if it is a bit more exhausting, there are less people and you see some really steep steps where you can take some cool pictures.
During our entire stay, the Oreo section in the supermarkets saved our lives. Befor my trip to China I didn´t like Oreos at all. But at the end, I loved them. They had so many different flavors, they were cheap and tasty.
But the chinese food is also delicious. Especially the sauce of the weird looking fish. Very often we had the same menu, which every tourist group seems to get. But we also had Peking duck, lots of different kinds of tofu and a lot of rice. At the end of our stay, we were able to taste the different type of rice.
But some things were really strange, for example the cucumber ice cream or the cucumber bubble gum.
All in all I really enjoyed the stay. It was super interesting to get an inside look of this so comletely different culture. I can say that chinese people are very friendly and open hearted.
When was your first time abroad and where did you travel to?