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The City of Blinding Lights

大家好,Welcome to Shanghai!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted – this past week has just been incredibly busy, with our PESI program orientation, the start of classes, and exploration trips around the city. Though its been only a few days, the program has already taken off on very good start. I studied Chinese political economy through my Berkeley coursework, but still I’ve been learning so much on top of all that just by actually being here in China and taking in a variety of perspectives, from our program directors to Fudan University professors to even Shanghai taxi drivers (its been quite interesting talking to these taxi drivers, they all have such unique histories and opinions on the present state of things swirling around them).

Anyways, I’ll talk about our program in the next post. For now, this is a series of night photos of Shanghai.

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Conquering Huashan

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As promised, here is the post on our adventure up Huashan (or “Mt. Hua” in English, which simply doesn’t have as cool of a feel to it, because feelings are everything you know). Huashan is located about about two hours away from Xi’an by bus, and it is quite famous in China: it is known to be the toughest peak to hike among the “five great mountain peaks” of China. It’s also rumored to be the most dangerous hike in the world, but a quick search on Wikipedia finds that to be a questionable claim. Nonetheless, we’ll find out exactly how tough this hike is…

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Xi’an, part 2

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The second part of our Xi’an trip consisted of further inquiry into China’s cultural history, since when it comes to China’s cultural history, Xi’an is where it’s at. Xi’an is also where George is at, so we were able to spend some more time with him. First we headed off in the morning to check out the city’s Museum of History and the Museum of Stone Tablets (Bei4ling2).

Sidenote: There’s something about this blog that I should point out. Some have remarked that my posts seem rather short and that I only seem to include one picture per post. That’s because posts that you see on my main page are actually only previews. On the bottom of each those postings, there’s a link that says “Keep Reading” – you have to click that link to view the entire entry. The link for this particular post appears right below this sentence. See?

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Arrival in Xi’an

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We’re now at the second major destination of our trip: Xi’an – the cultural capital of China. While it is located quite far inland, away from all the major coastal cities, it contains a significant chunk of China’s historical sites and artifacts – Xi’an was actually the imperial capital of China for 13 dynasties, Beijing wasn’t the capital until much later.

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Baffled In Beijing

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Sorry, I’m behind on updates right now, but I’ll be posting stuff as I put things together. It’s going to stay in chronological order, which means that posts going up won’t be covering things happening right now, but rather stuff that happened a couple of days ago. That’s just how it’s going to be until I catch up.

That said, I lost my phone as we were making our way out of Beijing on Saturday night. Actually, it wasn’t just that – long story:

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Beijing, part 2

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This is our fourth day and last day in Beijing and we’re spending a good part of today just chilling at a local cafe. After the adventures of the past three days, its good to finally relax a bit, gather our thoughts, and prepare for the next leg of our trip, Xi’an.

The weather did finally clear up today because of the sudden rain last night. The city is not as smoggy/hazy looking anymore. Nice.

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Beijing

We’ve arrived in Beijing.

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