Coaching Sport Performance major
Education and Health Across China: From Kindergarten to College
Summer I short-term faculty-led program
I exchanged $400 American for $2430 Chinese Yuan before I left. However, I burnt through that money sooner than expected and we went as a group to exchange currency in the Bank of China. There was no hassle at all besides showing our passport.
We take the bus/subway almost everywhere; we don’t walk and it’s quite the experience. If you’ve been to NYC or other large cities, it’s not much different. The biggest shock to me is how diverse that Chinese people are NOT. Many of them stare in awe at us and seem to have never seen Americans, white or black, in real life. Sometimes it’s annoying and sometimes you feel like a rock star. It’s interesting to say the least.
A couple of odd things I’ve noticed about the culture is that there is still smoking allowed in restaurants and shopping malls. It’s very disgusting and I’m thankful we’ve changed that here in the USA. On the other hand, they’re very good at conserving energy. Many lights aren’t on in hallways, (even schools) and your hotel room key is also your key to electricity. Roommate or not you get one key. There is no turning on the A/C to cool your room down for later. I found that to be advanced thinking although some other areas seem prehistoric.