Tianjin University Exchange, with a short trip through China

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I travelled from the South of China (Hong Kong) to the North of China (The Great Wall) with a few stops along the way. One of the scariest aspects about travelling through China was the widely published huge difference in culture. Thankfully I began my journey in Hong Kong, an ex-British colony, so the culture shock was buffered for the first few days. After this I traveled to Guilin and Hangzhou, two renowned scenic spots and areas where foreign tourists are rare. Here you could experience real Chinese culture and daily life. The next two cities I visited were Shanghai and Beijing (including the great wall), the ultimate magnitude of which cannot be described. Finally, I spent three weeks at the esteemed Tianjin University learning Chinese language while working in their pharmaceutical lab. The following photo-blog outlines my travels:

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The Beginning, Hong Kong. Due to the size of the Hong Kong region, space is sparce, and you notice every metre of ground is well used.

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A night time view from the Peak, Hong Kong.

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Ten Thousand Buddha’s Golden Temple. Hong Kong.

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The Two Pagodas, Guilin.

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View from the highest peak in Guilin.

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The West Lake, Hangzhou

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LongJin Tea Village, Hangzhou LongJin green tea is famous throughout China, and the world, for its exceptional taste. The tea fields can be seen growing across the hills.

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Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai

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The first, third and ninth tallest buildings in China disappearing into the clouds, Shanghai.

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View from the Bund, Shanghai

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The Great Wall of China celebrating exam results with a beer on top of the wall

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The Forbidden City from above, Beijing

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Meeting our student buddies from Tianjin University

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The last Banquet at Tianjin University with my lab group and group professor Kenneth Woycechowsky.

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