Finding Peace with Nature During My Semester in China

Nov 12, 2018 11:45:00 AM / by Nicole Castro

In this post, Nicole talks about her experience visiting Guilin, a city in central China, and how this trip led her to connect with nature.

It wasn’t until the trip to Guilin that I realized my love for nature and how happy I was to be in China. Known for its unique landscape of limestone karst hills, Guilin is a city of world renown natural beauty. 

The Guilin trip, organized by East China Normal University, invited all international students to explore the beautiful scenery of the Guangxi Zhuang region. After a nine-hour ride in the bullet train, we started our adventure. We visited the Elephant Trunk, the Longji Terrace, Xingping Town, the Lijiang River, but my favorite place was the Gudong Waterfall.

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Posted in: Weekend Trip, Shanghai, China, Nature, Cultural Immersion

Seeing The Great Wall of China

Nov 8, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's vlog, Daniel takes you along on this once-in-a-lifetime experience where he and the rest of the CAPA Shanghai cohort make the break by taking a hike up to the top of the Great Wall of China!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Travel, History Abroad, Global Cities

Climbing the Great Wall and Other Must-See Stops Near Beijing

Nov 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's vlog, Rachel Epp takes us along for the ride on an amazing 3-day excursion to Beijing, China, where she and other CAPA students see the Summer Palace and Forbidden City, and then take a long hike up one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Local Culture, My Global City, Weekend Trip, Activities Abroad

How to Unwind Between Busy Days of Interning and Studying Abroad in Shanghai

Nov 1, 2018 11:17:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

After a busy week at his internship, CAPA official vlogger Dan Powell takes you through a relaxing weekend in Shanghai. Between exploring parks near campus and staying fit, watch for ideas on how to maintain balance in your life while studying abroad.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Day in the Life, Internships in Shanghai

Identity and How that Plays Out Depending on the Culture You're In

Oct 30, 2018 11:21:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

From being a small town girl in a big city, to being a Christian in a highly secular country, Rachel gets real about how her personal and religious identities play out in China vs the US and how she reconciled these differences by finding a community.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Identity, Local Culture

A Visit to the Classical Gardens of Suzhou

Oct 25, 2018 3:21:50 PM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's post,Dan Powell takes us along to show us what another week in the life of a student Shanghai looks like. This week, he goes on an excursion to Suzhou, encounters a dance party in a local park, and goes on a run. 

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Must Do, My Global City, Field Trip

Connecting Global Cities: Sister Cities

Oct 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Colin Speakman

Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.


Sister Cities are sometimes referred to as “Twin Cities” but that term has another meaning as well. In USA, it is used to refer to two cities of similar size that are geographically close together. Two examples which I have visited a few times are the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul (in Minnesota) and San Francisco and Oakland (in California). Some are twins across a border and quite close to it—San Diego in USA and Tijuana in Mexico (I have visited them too). The term is also used in other countries. Sometimes such twin cities lose their individual identities and merge.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2018_Shanghai_From Colin Speakman - Colin in a CityPhoto credit: Colin Speakman

Budapest in Hungary, which began as two cities (Buda and Pest) twinned merged in 1873 to become a united city. Where I live in China I have several friends from the city of Wuhan; I wonder if they learn that Wuhan was created in 1927 from no less than three neighboring “tri-cities” of Hankou, Hanyang, and Wuchang. We can see where “WuHan” came from combining parts of each city.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Global Cities

Exploring the Canals and Gardens of Suzhou, China

Oct 23, 2018 10:49:00 AM / by Rachel Epp

In this week's vlog, Rachel Epp documents a CAPA group excursion to Suzhou, where students explore the city's notoriously beautiful gardens, canals, shops, and restaurants!

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Must Do, My Global City, Travel, Field Trip

An Internship in Shanghai

Oct 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM / by Daniel Powell

In this week's post, Dan Powell discusses his social media marketing internship in Shanghai and takes us on his commute to his work.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Internships in Shanghai, Commuting in Shanghai

Exploring Shanghai as a Tourist During Golden Week

Oct 16, 2018 10:37:15 AM / by Rachel Epp

In honor of Golden Week, a seven day long national holiday in China, Rachel uses her week off to experience some fun tourist spots in Shanghai.

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Posted in: Shanghai, China, Holidays Abroad, Local Culture, Must Do


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