FC: CHINA / HONG KONG STUDY TOUR 2011
1: The Excelsior is the hotel that we stayed at. They had a breakfast buffet every morning, including western style food. The staff was very informative and told us the best places to visit around Hong Kong during our free time. We were all very sad when it came time to leave the Excelsior. | When we arrived in Hong Kong after a 13 hour flight, we took a walking tour of the city near our hotel. Then, we had our first traditional Chinese style meal. The meal surprised all of us because they left the chicken head on the plate with the chicken. In China, this is a sign of great respect.
2: This is a picture of me and Paige on the MTR. The MTR is the underground subway system in Hong Kong. It was our way of transportation the entire time we were in Hong Kong, and it was amazing. It was very clean, and can get you anywhere in the city. By the end of the trip it we were professionals at navigating the subway system.
3: These pictures we took on our trip to the 10,000 Buddhas. There are actually 10,000 Buddhas in this temple, and no two of them are the same. This is a picture of 2 of my favorite that I found. | This picture is me and my sorority sisters in front of the steps on the way up to the temple at the top of the 10,000 Buddhas. There were over 200 stairs, lined the whole way with Buddhas. This was one of the most amazing parts of the entire trip. | This is the pagoda that is on top of the temple of the 10,000 Buddhas. This is the same pagoda that can be found on the Hong Kong currency. It was amazing at the top of the 10,000 Buddhas because we had an American history professor teach us a lesson on Buddhism once we got to the top of the hill.
4: This day we went to the warehouse and port in Hong Kong. We were able to actually walk inside of the warehouse and see how they pack everything and store products. | While walking in the warehouse we had to wear vests to ensure our safety. This trip was very interesting because we learned a lot about packing and shipping directly from warehouses.
5: This picture is from a cotton mill that we visited in Jiagnman, China. This particular picture is where they separate any dirt or unwanted particles from the fresh cotton that they will soon spin into yarn. | This picture is from the same cotton mill, and this particular picture shows an assembly line with the worker that is setting the yarn up to be spun. There is only one worker in this picture because everything is done by machines now so there isn't a huge need for a high amount of labor.
6: I took this picture at a printing press that we visited. We were able to see the printing go from start to finish on machine, and this is where they hand-inspect the shirts and re-paint what is necessary | This is where we were able to screen print our own shirts. This was a particularly cool experience because many workers actually use screen printing and do it by hand, and learning how to do it hands on was amazing.
7: This is a picture taken at a textile mill. They cut the shirts, pile them, make sure the stripes line up, and begin to assemble the outfits. It was really cool to see many different piles around the factory. | This is a picture from a spinning mill. They spin the fibers from start to finish into yarn, and inspect it. This particular factory actually made their clothing from start to finish.
8: This is a picture taken with one of our friends that we made from Jiagnman Polytechnic University. At the end of our time in Jiagnman we received a shirt made from our host's own printing mill. It was so cool to have a shirt that we know exactly where it came from. | This is a picture of me and Natalie on the bus. We took bus rides everywhere, which was a huge part of the trip. In Hong Kong the bus rides were scary because the roads were crowded and heavy, but once we got to China the bus was better to ride in and more smooth.
9: This day we went to Jiangman Polytechnic University. We were able to meet the English students there, who gave us a tour of their campus. These are some of the friends we made. | During our tour at Jiagnman Polytechnic University, some of the English students put on a traditional, Chinese style dance performance for us. This was so cool to watch because they really wanted to impress us. Every student at the University thought we were celebrities because they never see Western students.
10: The top picture is of some of the food that we had in Hong Kong. This was very interesting because I am a vegetarian, so they fed me very different food than they did everyone else. This particular time I had bamboo and mushrooms with tofu. In China it is impolite not to try your food, so I had to at least try it, though I did go out for pizza after. | The bottom picture is another picture of some of the vegetarian food that they fed us. This was vegetarian spring rolls. This was one of the best meals that I had in Hong Kong, and this was at a 5 star restaurant. During the meals they served us around 5 courses, or they served the food family style. Each meal took around 2 hours because the Chinese don't rush as Americans do.
11: This picture was taken during our day trip to Macau. Macau is the Las Vegas of China. We had to take a ferry to get there, but we did get another stamp in our passport. | The casinos in China were very interesting, they reminded me very much of American style casinos. We even went to the Venetian, which is bigger than the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
12: This day we went to the Great Wall of China. This was one of the best experiences of my life. The wall itself was very hard to climb up, and also very crowded, but I would not trade this memory for the world. | This is a picture from a far view of the Great Wall of China. I took this picture to see the amount of smog that surrounds the wall and China. It's really sad to see, because it's not fog, it's all pollution.
13: This was the part of the trip that I was looking forward to the most, the Summer Palace. Our tour guide taught us all different lessons and facts about the Summer Palace, which was so interesting. The Summer Palace was also very beautiful, everything was hand-painted which is amazing. | This picture was taken with our dear friend Conan. He is a student at Jiagnmen Polytechnic, that was able to travel around China with us. He acted as a translator, and without him the trip around China would've been much more difficult. I learned so much about Chinese culture just by talking with him.
14: These pictures were taken at the Olympic Venues. Beijing hosted the Olympics in 2008, and the venues are now able to take tours in. They spent 9 billion dollars re-vamping the city to get ready for the Olympics. It was so cool to be able to go inside of them.
15: This is Tiananmen Square. Our tour guide told us very little about this subject, and we only stayed in this area for 3 minutes, because it is a very taboo subject in China. However, I'm very glad that we were able to go. | This is a picture taken at the Forbidden City. I loved learning about all of the history and culture, and the buildings were gorgeous. Even the walkways were so intricately decorated.
16: This picture was taken at the Temple of Heaven. This was an amazing experience, being able to walk all the way to the top and learn about all of the culture that went into building this area. This particular part of the trip was one of my favorites because of the architecture and art.
17: This picture was taken on one of our tours to the smaller part of Beijing. I thought this was particularly interesting because it showed how some people live there, and how not everyone has a life like Americans do. The houses are very small, not air conditioned, and hundreds of years old. | On our tour of the smaller parts of Beijing, we took a Pedi-Cab to our host house. There were around 100 Pedi-Cabs lined up, with workers waiting for people to ask for a ride. This trip really taught me not to take my job and lifestyle for granted.
18: This photo was taken at our farewell dinner. We ate Peking Duck, which is a very traditional, high class, Chinese meal. Of course though, as a vegetarian I did not eat any of this duck. During the meal we were able to talk about how much we loved China and Hong Kong, and how we cannot wait to return.