Post China Reflection
As I look back at the last three weeks in China, I feel so incredibly blessed. I had never been out of America before! My knowledge of China was small, so thankfully I learned a lot on my visit. China is an old country filled with so many traditions. I have an appreciation for their culture and I hope that one day I can visit again. I am hoping that a business I work for in the future has a global location in Shanghai so I will have an excuse to visit again. 🙂
Initially, I was nervous to enter a country where I did not speak the language. In America, I often feel angered when people do not know how to speak English and try to communicate with me. However, the tables were turned this time, and the Chinese people were understanding and patient with me. I am hoping that if I run into a foreigner in America who needs help that I can be as patient as the Chinese were with me.
I want to tell you about my favorite part of my visit: Shanghai. I did not imagine China’s cities too much different than New York City, but I was very wrong. Shanghai, for example, is almost futuristic. I felt like I time traveled to a new world. One of the buildings, The Shanghai Tower, is the second tallest in the world. I was blessed to be able to go up to the observation deck of that building. Shanghai, especially from the tallest point, is so beautiful. It goes on forever. As far as the eye can see, there are tall buildings. From that view, I could see the thousands of apartment buildings, each of which were at least 18 stories high. Shanghai has a population of 24 million people. With rapid growth, this city looks brand new! It has shiny new buildings everywhere with many brand name malls.
I want to thank those who organized and planned this course. I appreciate the hard work and I am so thankful for all that I have learned on my visit to China.
[Below is a picture of the “bottle-opener” building taken from the top of the Shanghai Tower. The white machine hanging off the roof of that building is actually holding people cleaning the windows. That was fun to watch!]