Photos by Chloe Chang (George Washington University) Student Correspondent CET Shanghai, Summer 2017
During the orientation, singing American and Chinese songs at the KTV in Shanghai with both the American and Chinese roommates. The KTV or Karaoke is a popular cultural activity that Chinese people of all ages enjoy.
After karaoke, we headed over to a Chinese restaurant where we enjoyed Chinese specialties like frog leg, which was Marley’s (CET Student) first time having.
Pictured in Hangzhou for our daytrip, we stumbled upon this old man’s house where he showed us his collection of paintings while serving us tea. He gave us each a copy of this book of poems and painting that he created.
Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, the focal point for many famous poems, legends, and stories in Chinese culture.
Shanghai’s Modern Art Museum was holding an exhibit, Giorgio de Chirico & Giorgio Morandi: ‘Rays of Light in Italian Modern Art,’ so my roommate and I decided to go, sharing in our love of art.
The Modern Art Museum itself is an architectural beauty, while climbing to the top of the building, captured is his beautiful view of the Huangpu River and some of the Shanghai skyline, including the Shanghai Center.
First time having traditional Szechuan hot pot where there is a broth, one mild and one numbingly spicy, boiled in a brass pot. A local Chinese student originally from Szechuan ordered and showed us how long to cook certain pieces of meat, vegetables, mushrooms, etc. The eight of us were extremely satisfied by the end.
Pictured is XinTianDi, a very Western part of Shanghai where there are multiple shops. However, captured is the traditional Shanghainese Shikumen houses that originated in the 1860s. Owned by the upper middle class, Shikumens combine both Western and Chinese elements into the architecture. But as a backdrop to these old houses are modern skyscrapers that surround the area.
CET Shanghai includes an internship program and this semester, I have been with Stepping Stones, a non-profit teaching English to migrant children in Shanghai and China. I spent my Sunday morning tabling and telling people about the organization at the annual Expat Show in the Shanghai Exhibition Center. Shanghai’s large expat community means that there are many willing and able volunteers ready to teach English.