Welcome Lunch to Kick-Off the Start of the Spring Program

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Our first lunch after landing in Suzhou was a traditional meal served at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. During a traditional meal, all of the dishes are shared with the entire table and eaten with only a spoon or chopsticks, which I am terrible at using. Being in a new place, I decided to be adventurous and sit at a table with all Chinese students, none of whom I knew. All of the Chinese students were so nice to me; they talked to me throughout the meal and showed me how to use the chopsticks the correct way and then proceeded to laugh with me at my failed attempts. Then as each food was brought out, they would tell me what it was and let me try it first. I was also informed that all of the food in Suzhou is sweet, while in different parts of the country it is spicy or has a different distinguishing flavor, kind of how different parts of the U.S. are known for different foods. It was a great experience to step out of my comfort zone by sitting with students I didn't know and trying all of the foods I would normally refrain from.

- Lauren Schmitz, Sophomore, Civil Engineering

Four Points by Sheraton

Four Points by Sheraton, Suzhou

Four Points by Sheraton - Chinese Restaurant 

Four Points by Sheraton - Chinese Restaurant

Sightseeing Around Suzhou Industrial Park and Suzhou - A Contrast between the Old and the New

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Suzhou Industrial Park and Suzhou tour consisted of three stops. We began at Li Gong Di, a shopping plaza ornate with intricate waterways and elaborate establishments fitted with grand balconies, porches, and gazebos. From Li Gong Di we traveled to the SIP Exhibition Hall (a museum) which informed us of all the progress up to this date, as well as future plans and expectations, for SIP as a whole. The museum was full of pictures, diagrams, and displays which included a room designated to a fully lit, greatly detailed, birds-eye, full scale model of SIP. From the museum we traveled to our final stop, Pingjiang Road. This road is known for being a great place to go to shop. If one were to picture a Chinese market version of an American strip mall they wouldn't be too far off from Pingjiang Road. These three stops showed only a very small example of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that China has to offer. 

- Daniel Sheldon, Freshman, Biology 

SIP Exhibition Hall - Lobby 

SIP Exhibition Hall

SIP Exhibition Hall Lobby

SIP Exhibition Hall Lobby

Li Gong Di

Li Gong Di

Pingjiang Road

Pingjiang Road

UDCI Open Lecture: “The Status of US-China Relationship from an Economic Perspective: The Results of the APEC Summit and its Impact on US-China Relations” Jonathan Fritz, Minister-Counselor of Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy, Beijing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

On January 21, economic representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing visited UDCI to give a lecture on the relationship between the U.S. and China. They answered many of our questions and addressed misconceptions that the students and faculty had about the international relationship with China. The subjects discussed included, environmental regulations, cultural clashes, and the growing economy of both countries. Both of the countries dominate the global market as the first and second economies in the world, its important as members of the up and coming generation to improve our relation by respecting, understanding and developing our relationship with the Chinese. To close off the event, the ambassadors inspired us with their journey to representing our country overseas and aiding the strong relationship between our two nations. In addition they reassured our decision in traveling abroad for this integrating experience where the international and domestic students learn a lot about each other’s lifestyle and culture, by calling us “young ambassadors” and applauding us for our efforts to become more globally interconnected.

- Vidyaarthi Pugalenthi, Freshman, Marketing

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