A ten-minute drive from our home base of Nanjing University of Science and Technology is the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, the memorial built in honor of the man considered the father of modern China. The memorial is built on the slopes of Mount Zijin, or Purple Mountain, and on a pretty day, the view from the top is breathtaking.
Just bring your walking shoes–it’s 392 steps to the top!
PS: We love the unintentional “photobomb” by English Department Chair Don Bushman in the corner of this photo. 🙂
Here’s a YouTube video from TravelChinaGuide.com with more pictures and footage of the monument:
Well, for obvious reasons–because it’s a life-changing, unforgettable, trip-of-a-lifetime opportunity.
But, here’s another reason:
When it comes to economics, China has been the world’s fastest growing country for the past 30 years. Even during the financial crisis, China’s economic growth has maintained a level of 8%, a pace unthinkable in other countries. China’s GDP recently surpassed Japan’s to become the world’s second largest economy after the United States. The world’s top 500 companies all do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world’s next generation of leaders.
From “5 Reasons to Study in China“
Folks, we are GO for launch! Office of International Programs has put the seal of approval on our summer study abroad proposal. Now, we just need to spread the word!
We’ve added an itinerary with lots of links to the “About the Trip” page, and we’re working on uploading the budget, plus more fun videos and links in the coming days and weeks. We’re beyond thrilled about this trip, and we want everyone to know about it!
If you have any friends who may want to know more, please like us on Facebook and keep checking back here for updates.
Hello, world travelers!
We have been checking off boxes and signing the dotted lines…and our official study abroad proposal is currently being checked by OIP (Office of International Programs). Once the rubber stamp’s on our proposal, we’ll be promoting like crazy.
We think this trip is going to be amazing.
Like, crazy-awesome-fabulous-once-in-a-lifetime-unforgettable amazing.
And we can’t wait to tell everyone what we’ve got planned. So, keep checking back here. Like us on Facebook. Tell your friends. (If they’re cool and game for adventure.)
And get ready for something epic.
Erin & Michelle