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Studying abroad in China
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Posted 3/12/12
I have worked in Hohhot , Inner Mongolia,for about 8 months with college students from 3 universities. I have personally met with English Department heads of all three Univeristies and found them very friendly and would welcome American students. Hohhot is a clean city with friendly people. The only negative thing that I could think of was the spring sand storms off the Gobi Desert. When they cease, during a college break, experience a camel ride on the Gobi Desert or tobbagging down a sand dune! An experience of a life time!

A major question: "What is your motivation for studying in China?" Whatever your answer is, it must include "a love of the Chinese people".
Because if you love the people, you can over-look many, many things. I have a blog entitled "Adventures in Hohhot". If you are interested drop me an e-mail and I will send you the link! Hohhot is about 50 years behind the bustling metropolis of Beijing. You will have thousands of bikes, BMW's and donkey carts laidened with fruits or vegetables on the same road. Finally, when you got your license you had to learn what the white broken lines and the solid white lines in the center of the road meant. Do you know what they mean in Hohhot? Absolutely nothing! It is a "wild west" town of 3 million!
Posted 3/12/12

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I have worked in Hohhot , Inner Mongolia,for about 8 months with college students from 3 universities. I have personally met with English Department heads of all three Univeristies and found them very friendly and would welcome American students. Hohhot is a clean city with friendly people. The only negative thing that I could think of was the spring sand storms off the Gobi Desert. When they cease, during a college break, experience a camel ride on the Gobi Desert or tobbagging down a sand dune! An experience of a life time!

A major question: "What is your motivation for studying in China?" Whatever your answer is, it must include "a love of the Chinese people".
Because if you love the people, you can over-look many, many things. I have a blog entitled "Adventures in Hohhot". If you are interested drop me an e-mail and I will send you the link! Hohhot is about 50 years behind the bustling metropolis of Beijing. You will have thousands of bikes, BMW's and donkey carts laidened with fruits or vegetables on the same road. Finally, when you got your license you had to learn what the white broken lines and the solid white lines in the center of the road meant. Do you know what they mean in Hohhot? Absolutely nothing! It is a "wild west" town of 3 million!


I want to study abroad to China for my junior year. My reasons beucase that's my heritage since I was adopted and now want to explore my own culture more. Only thing killing my is I'm the only mandarin speaker in my family!

Though I've heard from my Chinese teacher and others that it all depends where you live in China. Like in America different places speak different ways. Though a lot can change in two years, my parents went to China to get my second sister (doesn't speak mandrine anymore) and said in just five years ladies went front skirts to jeans. Also out of curiosity do you speak mandarin?

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Posted 3/13/12
I speak "kitchen Mandarin" by that, I mean everything such as ingredients, time and temperature, I know.

Mandarin is spoken all over China. Yes, there are different dialects but if you know Mandarin you can go anywhere.

Our son married a girl from China so if you need help with anything, she can speak both Mandarin and Cantonese.

I have traveled as far North as Harbin, on the border with Siberia. Inter-marrying with Russians has different facial features. The dark Russian rye bread, dumplings, and various sausages are unique to that region. This is where they have world famous ice carving in Jan or Feb. like nothing else in the world!

I attend trade shows in Guangzhou in the South. The capitol of international trade has made this culture "sharp business men and women".

In the West, Hohhot, the people are gentle, naive people that have a guttural pronunciation in their language..

Beijing has cleaned up their air quality in preparation for the Olympics. I saw it before and after-wards and it was a dramatic change. Before, you would put your seat belt on and you'd have a black stripe of coal dust across your white shirt.

Hong Kong has a lot of British Influence. It is a concrete empire by day and a very romantic city by night.

My favorite is Shanghai. I plan to be there all summer. It has a lot of Western influence and a very lovely city growing leaps and bounds.
Every time I go there the landscape changes.

In the second to the last paragraph you say that you want to go there because it is your heritage. That is admirable. However if your biological mother came to the city from the country looking for a better life, you need to experience both city and country living. They are vastly different. Many clever business owners in the city take advantage of country people and work them like slaves. Even in my business, the last customer worked his people for an entire month and in the month gave them two days (not consecutive) off. The people are so appreciative of a job that they do not complain. Let me give you three examples. In Beijing in the winter, I have been in a home that has heat like America. In Hohhot, there are row houses. Coal is delivered to the house on the end. That person is responsive for stoking the fires and keeping things warm for the entire row of houses. They are all connected in a heating system. Too bad if you freeze in September, heat comes on in October. Then, I have been to the country where they burn wood and dried cow manure. They will start their fire in what looks like a bay-window. But the surface above the stove is where they sleep.

I only made a large paragraph to make a point. You need a BIGGER goal than just your heritage. Challenge yourself in the field of international trade! Go to the Canton Fair, the largest trade show in China. You will see thousands of companies that have no catalog, no organization. The buyer hand picks this and this and that and takes a picture. Then begins a deal. But if you love computer and business, there are thousands of opportunities to help companies in China. (Especially if you are good in grammar and can spell).

It is no accident that you were adopted. God has a plan for your life. You can take the positive experiences of both cultures and find something that you enjoy doing and are good at! Be the bridge. If you do, you will be a very successful and happy young man. By-the-way, I need a trusted young man like yourself, who has character and integrity to take product designs from inventors and be the translator between the inventor and the manufacturer. Do you know the thrill of seeing something made that has never been made before and that you played a significant role in bringing that product to market for millions of people to purchase? I wish you the very best in the decisons you make!
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Posted 3/25/12
wow。 i am a chinese middle school student ,u know sometimes we did so amercian university entrance exam(that is true..),chinese students is very .....(i dont know how to describe..)
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otakuuuuu wrote:

wow。 i am a chinese middle school student ,u know sometimes we did so amercian university entrance exam(that is true..),chinese students is very .....(i dont know how to describe..)


well, that's a huge task to receive education in china
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Posted 5/12/12
You are in china,are't you?
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Posted 7/22/12
i am a chinese university student, born in suzhou,jiangsu province, happen to see this website. it is interesting to see how foreigners to see us,
many people wanna describle china. i wanna say, it is hard to describe, china is huge, different place has different culture, scenery,lifestyle, tasty food or imcome level. as a chinese, i just visit a small part of our country. if you want to study in china, i think the most useful skill is mandarin, if you can speak a flent mandarin, i guess, you will get a good job in your country with a higer salary. the other hand, you want a tour, china is a good place for you, and i think you need to taste different chinese food, it is the most worthy things to do.
i see someone say it is tough to receive education in china, that is right for us,but not for you, we have to study hard for twelve years, just for an admission to the university, as we all know ,china has a huge population, we don not have enough schools for everyone who wants to study in college, so we must compete together. maybe it is ruthless,but it is fair, in some senses, it is good for us.
if someone want to know something about china,you can email me, i am glad to reply to you.
you wanna learn chinese well, i want to lean english well.
email address: xiaogao882@163.com
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Posted 7/23/12
I'm probably going to study abroad in China in a few years. My sister is going next year and she isn't worried at all. Should both of us worry?
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Posted 7/28/12
one of my american friends was so captivated by china, he plans to move there eventually.

i'd love to study there & embrace the culture.
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Posted 9/6/12
Hi meglovesya, may I suggest http://goo.gl/VFim3 - "Chinese Flashcards with Pictures" is an iPhone app that will help you learn Chinese (Mandarin) faster by using flashcards with pictures (learn over 300 most commonly used words in the English / Chinese language from A to Z), thanks.
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Posted 10/5/12
It's scary at first to go to a foreign country but all the people are willing to help despite the fact that they often can't speak english. I know how frightening the language barrier can be but there are other ways of communicating. The smaller villages can be especialy intimidating, being so far from what you would call normal cizilization, yet they are filled with so much beauty and culture that I would definitly suggest visiting. You'll have the time of your life. If you really want to know about an amazing experience in China I've got a book for you to read. You'll love it. http://www.sihpromatum.com/
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Posted 10/10/12
I moved here to shanghai about a month ago and so far its been great! I'm learning chinese at Fudan uni (as a beginner), there are lots of foreign students and the teachers I have are really good:) It honestly wasn't as scary as i thought moving here, so I would encourage you to go!
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