China Trip and Spring Break

This spring break, along with my Mandarin class, we went to Shanghai, Suzhou, and Beijing. Afterwards, I visited my cousins back in Shanghai and traveled to Tokyo and Karuizawa. Touring China with my class was both culturally shocking for me and opened up a new part of China I’ve never experienced. Some of the most prominent places we visited that stuck out to me were the Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, Tian’anmen Square, and visiting the high school in Suzhou. Visiting Tian’anmen Square was really interesting for me because I got to learn about and see communist China which I’ve always wondered about. The Forbidden City and The Great Wall of China were really surreal to visit and see because they are both a major part of China’s history. Along with the prominence in Chinese history the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China holds, I’ve always wished to visit both. Another highlight of the trip was visiting the high school in Suzhou where I got to meet my buddy who I’ve been emailing and where I got to experience Chinese school life hands on. I’ve also built a stronger relationship with my teachers and classmates.

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