Kathryn Calenberg-Laviola:Our First Week in Chengdu

Our first week of coming to China in Spring 2019 has been such a spectacular adventure. Meeting new people and creating new friendships as we explore Sichuan Province. Everyone that we have encountered has been friendly and all of us are excited to see what China has to offer. Each day we are greeted with new things to find and explore. The culture and all the experiences we have had so far have been incredible. Some words that we as a group though best to describe China and our experiences so far were beautiful, flavorful, rich-culture, modern, and spicy.

Some trips and sightseeing that have occurred include we went as a group to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. While there we got to see the giant pandas as well as some cute red pandas.



Some of us got to take a trip down to the CDIFS (Chengdu International Financial Center), a mega shopping mall located in the city center of Chengdu. There we got to see the featured world’s largest panda art piece that hangs right off the building. We also got to eat hot pot with our Chinese buddies. Sichuan hot pot is part of Asian cuisine, famous for its spiciness.

This is just the beginning of a wonderful semester in China!

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