Photos by Chloe Chang (George Washington University) Student Correspondent CET Shanghai, Fall 2017
I made my way to Qibao (Seven Treasures), an older river district in Shanghai. Qibao once was a port town that exported textiles. I was able to appreciate the beautiful architecture and the serene water canals.
During my Thanksgiving break, I traveled to Kunming, Yunnan. One of the great wonders of the world is located around two hours outside of the city called Shilin (Stone Forest). These massive limestone formations are natural karsts formed from erosion of water and wind.
Yunnan is one of the most diverse provinces in China with 25 ethnic minorities (少数民族 shaoshu minzu). I went to visit the Yunnan Nationalities Village (云南民族村) to learn more about the minorities. While the park was very touristy, I was glad to have the initial exposure to the Chinese minority culture. Jingpo, an ethnic minority originally from Burma, mainly inhabit tree-covered mountainous areas and are known to be good hunters and fighters. Here is one woman dancing in a traditional, ceremonial dress.
One of the reasons I went to Kunming was to visit my friend, Kaya, who goes to CET Kunming. She is the second one from the left. She has a particular interest in ethnic minorities and religion, so we went to talk with this Lisu man about the influences of Christianity on their ethnic group. Lisus primarily believe in Christianity and even adopted an alphabet similar to the Roman one.
All of the CET students and local roommates decided to have a dumpling making party where we learned how to make dumplings (包饺子). Dumplings are a popular staple for Northern Chinese, so one of the roommates from Northeast China made all the fillings and taught us how to make them.
One of the tasks for my internship was to go to one of our sites to take photos. I went to a school right outside of Shanghai where we had a special Videolink program. Kids in even the most remote locations can be taught English, as long as there is WiFi. Our Videolink program is able to connect volunteers and children all across the world. The teacher here is my good friend and fellow co-intern, Lizzy. She is currently in her NYU dorm with a broken leg, but she is still able to teach because of Videolink!
Known to few, China was one of the few countries in the world that accepted Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Shanghai was one of the few Chinese cities, so this museum was erected to commemorate the hospitality and support from the Chinese, as well as the Jewish communities living in Shanghai and the many lives lost in the Holocaust.
With less than a week left in Shanghai, I finally made it to the top of the Shanghai Center, the second tallest building in the world. I was amazed at the view and the ride up. The Shanghai Center also boasts the fastest elevator in the world. We made it to the 118th floor in about one minute.
On my last day in Shanghai we had our graduation ceremony so I decided to stay true to my roots and wear a purple qipao that I got made in Shanghai. I am here with my roommate, 王京 (Wang Jing), as we say good-bye to our room, 20517. I am so thankful for her deep questioning, her thoughtfulness, and her caring heart.