Well I am on a fast train home from Kunming. My last fast train in China. This also happens to be the longest fast train I've been on yet (13hrs long). Although I am slightly uncomfortable, it hurts me more to think about if I'd done a slow train home (38 hours in a hardseat, … Continue reading Yige mas
How to Wuyishan: Arrive at Wuyishanbei, just a 3.5 hour fast train which will feel like a summer breeze after recent lengthy journeys. Hop on the number 9 taxi to Tian Shan Gon. Ohh don't forget this bus is also the Wuyishan school bus, and thus when you take it at 4pm it will be … Continue reading Wuyishan!
Check out some pictures from my trip to Zhangjiajie (The Avatar Mountains and Heavens Gate) and Fenghuang ("The Most Beautiful Small Town in China"). Link to pictures.
One great perk of being an engineering student, is you learn how to run on very little sleep. This particular adventure started on Friday after class. On Thursday night, just one day after returning from Zhangjiajie (the Avatar mts) and Fenghuang (the most beautiful small town in China), we booked train tickets to and from … Continue reading 40 Hours: 4 Hours Asleep, 44k Steps
This past week was Purdue’s Spring Break and one of my best friends, who I haven’t seen for over a year, landed at Pudong. Brick, Byrnesrob333, Doc, Chuck and I subwayed all the way to Pudong to pick him up. We discovered that the time we spent going to pick him up from the airport … Continue reading Donley is Excellent at Bargaining
At 6:15 am, my phone vibrated off its stand and slapped me in the face. It was Saturday morning. Who in their right mind wakes up at 6:15 on a Saturday, besides maybe your grandpa? I flung off my comforter (which most definitely violates every luxury/sports car producer’s trademark. I bought this blanket for 50 … Continue reading Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
In China, college semester start and end dates are determined by the Chinese New Year. It happened this year that we arrived in China during the last couple weeks of their fall semester. Because of this timing, we had classes separate from the rest of the university students. We stayed at the Xuhui SJTU campus, a 15 minute … Continue reading Xuhui to Minhang
(Pictures link at the very bottom) Hostel in Xian. Han Tan hostel is incredible. We walk down the alley looking confused. A Chinese lady points down the alley to the right. A red carpet rolls out slightly into the alley. "Han Tan Hostel." I pull out the front wooden door and two red drapes hang from … Continue reading Mt. Huashan
The Bund. I'm not going to tell you its one of the most beautiful sky lines in the world because I want you to see it for yourself. Dragon and the Skyline The Skyline Me and the Skyline The Bund vibes. Pictures don't even do it justice. Check out these videos below. Dragon 1 Dragon … Continue reading The Bund
A week has passed since I've landed here in China. I have successfully conquered jet lag, survived the metro (subway, it is amazing), and mastered charades. I've walked into three restaurants and been laughed at by big yellow teeth while pointing at things to order. A week in, I now know how to speak some basic … Continue reading Qi Bao!