Another eventful three weeks have passed since my last journal entry. It's hard for me to believe that the time has been flying this quickly. I'm enjoying myself immensely. Classes have been going well, my Chinese language skills have been going wonderfully, and it's been really sweet getting to know more Chinese students. Most of our free time now is spent either hanging out with our Chinese friends or exploring what Shanghai has to offer (an endless but exciting task). It's sad as we begin to realize that we're going to have to leave all of these friends soon. However, in the meantime, we're enjoying the time we have left.
For example, on Saturday, Nov. 15, we went to an ancient town outside of Shanghai called QiBao. It was a blast being taken around by people from China; and it was pretty cool visiting the same places that a Chinese tourist would. Foreign tourists rarely frequent this particular place. It's significantly outside of Shanghai, so people don’t often take the time to travel there. It was cool to see the ancient architecture (this particular town is about 1,000 years old), taste the "famous Chinese snacks" as our friends call them, and just hang out with our Chinese friends. You can see us here enjoying a little bit more than "snacks" with our friends.
They're always extremely hospitable. Charlie spent nearly 45 minutes checking different restaurants out in order to make sure he picked the best to take us to.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, we visited a different city, Hangzhou, called the "Paradise of China." It lived up to its moniker. We visited a beautiful garden there, one of many, as well as the West Lake, which is renowned as one of the most beautiful
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