My name is Mason Powers, currently a senior at Sacred Heart University graduating in August 2015. I am finishing off my college career with a bang by taking a trip to Tianjin China for an internship and study program at Tianjin Foreign Studies University. Unfortunately I am posting from my cell phone because my computer broke on the plane ride here but we will make it work.
Upon arriving to China everyone has a stereotypical mind set that China is a communist country that remains big manufacturing society with manufacturing plants everywhere and rice patties where they aren't. I would have to say this is not true. Tianjin is a district with rich culture and a vast history behind it. Where we stay at our university is all western style buildings that were built by European settlers over 100 years ago when China opened the doors to the outside world. Tianjin was one of the main ports where they would export and import goods arundel the world which attracted this western influence. Now the city is a mass structure of beautiful architecture and some of the coolest sky scrappers I have ever seen.
As for China in general, we have had to make some cultural and social adjustments since living here. The first is no social media; Facebook, Twitter and instagram are blocked by the government but Wechat is a great alternative for the Chinese people. Also Google and a majority of other American websites were replaced by Chinese censored websites.
In addition, we have made some adjustments to our taste buds experiencing an array of new foods such as Peking duck and their type of noodles. In China people only drink hot beverages except for beer which was must different for us because as a westerner we are adapted to drinking cold beverages to cool us off.
Overall the trip as been a great experience with the little bit of culture we have encountered and much more to come.
Kate and I plan on posting pictures of the Great Wall of China and other activities we have done thus far where we will explain those in further detail. Thank you for joining the blog and I hope you all continue to follow our journey in the Great Land of China.