Photo Essay: CET Shanghai

Photos by Kierstin Conaway (Wittenberg University) Student Correspondent CET Shanghai, Spring 2017


My friend and I decided to go to 张家界 (Zhangjiajie) for one of the final weekends of the semester. This area of mountains, located in 武陵源 (Wulingyuan), are known for inspiring the Hallelujah Mountains in the movie Avatar.


The last scenic spot that my friend and I visited in Zhangjiajie was 宝峰湖 (Baofeng Lake), which is a fresh water lake surrounded by forested stone peaks similar to those in Wulingyuan.


On one of the last days, a couple of friends and I decided to check out Shanghai Disney. For me, this was my first time ever going to a Disney park and even though we did not see any princesses or princes, it was still a magical experience.


A selfie of my roommate and me at the airport before I officially left Shanghai to return home. Roommates are an important part of CET’s programs and can heavily influence your time abroad.


The longest and tallest glass bridge in the world that spans the grand canyon of two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie.


Every evening Shanghai Disney does a fireworks show that includes fountains and clips to different music from Disney’s various ventures.


On the last day of classes and exams, my classmate and I took a picture with our Chinese teacher, Mrs. Zhang. This picture, which we printed out and framed to give as a gift, comes nowhere close to representing the amount of memories we share together.


For my last night in Shanghai, I decided to visit the bund. During my first weekend in Shanghai, I also went to the bund, but that was during the day. This time, not only was my visit at night, but it also marked closure for my semester abroad in China.


This is the last picture that I took during my semester abroad in China. At this moment, I was on my plane waiting for the pilot to receive confirmation for takeoff.