Written by Carlos Uribe (Carleton College), Student Correspondent for CET Harbin, Fall 2019 The main gate greeting visitors and students alike as beginning of the school year looms over Harbin Technical Institute. An amazing sight, especially when it’s your first time in the city. A delicious Korean hot dish in the Heidian market. It’s minutes away from the classroom and one of many places to find delicious food around campus. Last Saturday was a perfect for our CET scavenger hunt. Students embarked on an adventure that took them all around the city. Here is my group standing in front of the famous Hong Yang Jie Street. Basketball is a favorite pastime of students at HIT. Although there are more courts than I can count, none are empty after 5pm. Heading down there is a great way to take a break from your studies, burn some calories, and meet new friends all at the same time! Great time watching a Chinese movie at the new Wanda IMAX Movie theatre. It’s about a 15-minute walk from campus and on the 8th floor of a newly built mall. I couldn’t understand most of what was said this time, but I’m confident my Chinese will be ready to take on the next movie we watch. A busy food avenue along Hong Yang Jie. Here you could find pretty much everything your imagination could ever want. We saw spiders and all kinds of insects, but opted for dumplings instead. To most this is called dormitory number 6, but to CET students this is called home. From move in day to now starting my second week, time has flown by. We’ve already made some awesome memories here and I can only imagine all the ones that are yet to come. This is where classes take place. It’s a short walk from our dormitory and right across from most of the cafeterias. Speaking of classes, the teachers are all great and very patient. It’s a perfect environment for bettering your Chinese. The soccer field is another great spot to make new friends. There are always people there and they’re all welcoming. It’s a little farther away from the dormitory, but still not more than a ten-minute walk. As I walk around campus, I notice how big exercise is here compared to back home. There are all kinds of exercise contraptions sprinkled around. Here, lots of people are lining up for a pull-up competition. Pretty cool stuff.