The week started slowly and on Monday and Tuesday we were worked hard in our classes and set projects/essays to be completed over ‘National Week’.
National Week in China is a week long public holiday commemorating the day the ruling Chinese Communist Party was incepted in Shanghai on October 1st 1949.
Towards the end of the week, the campus was eerily quiet with many students returning home or travelling around the country – just generally making the most of the generous time off.
In preparation for national week we attended a gala and ‘opening ceremony’ at the new Zhejiang University of Media and Communication (ZUMC) campus opening in the next district from Xiasha, where we are staying, called Tong Xiang. The new campus is a joint initiative between Coventry University, ZUMC and the Tong Xiang local government.
ZUMC Chinese Exchange students have been visiting Coventry for the past week. Below is a gallery of what has been happening so far.
当考文垂的学生们被告知星期六他们将去参观一座“茶叶博物馆”时，大多数人都对此疑惑不解。在游玩了美丽绝伦的西湖之后，学生们回到了闷热的汽车，向中国茶叶博物馆进发。由于茶对于英国人来说是一种非常常见的饮料，因此当听说有“茶叶博物馆”这样的东西时，大家都觉得一定很无聊。然而让他们吃惊的是，这一天比他们所料想的要精彩得多！Writes Yoyo Zhao...
When a group of students from Coventry University were told that their Saturday would be spent visiting a tea museum, reservations were present in most minds.
Following a trip to the incredibly beautiful West Lake, the students were to pack onto the sweltering coach and move on to the Hangzhou National Tea Museum. As such a prominently consumed beverage for the English, the thought of hearing about such a thing seemed dull to say the least. But to their surprise, the day offered much more than first expected. Writes Kimberley Hall…
What will I take from China? Difficult one.
I’ll never forget the smog. The air here is thick, and hot. Even at 9am, its hot here. Maybe we’ve been lucky with the weather though.
The roads? The drivers here are mental. They don’t drive so much as take aim. Weaving in and out, blasting horns and speeding about the place, they are on a mission, in the race of life. And the constant horns, they’ll stay with me for a while yet.
Writes Tim Watson…
Following Rover’s former sister brand making an attempt at a revival, MG turns up at this year’s Auto Shanghai with a brace of new models. But can they propel the company back into the British car market? writes Joe Breeze from Shanghai…