I arrived in Beijing on August 16th last year for the first time. I am curious about almost everything and love the compare differences in China and the US
No sooner had I set foot on Being than I started to embark on a tour with other students in International Center for Chinese Studies along the Ancient Silk Road. Our first stop was Lanzhou, we arrived in train, which is also the first time I took train in China. In Lanzhou ,we visited a museum to learn more about Chinese history by seeing many unearthed paintings and ancient objects. Then we went to Xiahe in the South of Gansu, which I have to say is of both very high altitude and extremely beautiful scenery. I made my first contact with Tibetan culture, which is totally different from that of the US and even culture from the rest of China. In this sense, China is a truly big country. In Xiahe, staples are yak meat and milk. Before this trip, I had never tried yak meat and it was hard for me to swallow.Xiahe is also home to Labrang Monastery, a famous Buddhism temple,I was very excited to be able to see it. Entering the temple makes me calm and relaxed. I feel I can totally submit myself to the mystery and unfathomablity of Chinese Buddhism.
Then we traveled to Turpan, Urumchi and Kashgar in Sinkiang, where I got to sample delicacies I had never tried like fried rice and roasted lamb. There are many Muslims here, most of whom are Uyghur and believe in Islam. I am Catholic, but I respect their religion and culture. I also found many interesting things, like outdoor market for livestock, which the US has none. I also rode an camel, which the US also do not have, I was extremely excited by it.
After two months in China, I took the October 1st national holiday to visit southern part of the country. My first stop was Yiwu, where I got to stay in one of my friend’s house. Most people here live in condos, whereas most American live in detached houses. Most American live in the suburb and only go downtown to work, but most Chinese live in the city in that their homes are close to where they work. The biggest trouble I met this time is language, I could not understand what people say in Pujiang. Southern dialects and accents trouble me a lot, but in Beijing, where every body speaks standard Mandarin, I can perfectly talk to them at ease.
Later we stop by Hangzhou and Shanghai. Shanghai is an international cosmopolitan, where many US firms set up branches and offices.
What impresses me most in traveling in China is that every city has specially local food, like Soup Dumplings in Shanghai and Steamed Small Buns in Hangzhou.
China and the US have different cultures, which are both very interesting. We can learn from each other and become good friends. Chinese people are always warm hearted. I am have a good time in China and I like living here
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