It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been living in Yangzhou for a couple of months. Time is just flying by!
China is a unique country and interesting country that has been a lot of fun to experience so far. If you travel to China for your first trip abroad, it could be quite shocking. I had a bit of an unfair advantage since I’d already lived in South Korea for a year because there are many similarities between the two countries. One of the best things about working here is that my school has more than a dozen foreigners. So we all hang out and do things together which is nice. But we also branch out and hang with our Chinese friends too.
Yangzhou has a lot of history, although I suppose you can say that about any part of China. Yangzhou (not to be confused with Yangshou) is connected to Beijing via the Grand Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which runs over 1,776 km or 1,104 miles and links the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers. [Read More] There are nearly 4.5 million people in Yangzhou which isn’t enough to put it in the top ten cities in China but would make it the second largest city in the United States, beating out Los Angeles by roughly 700,000 residents – just an example of how crazy big China is.
Although Yangzhou is seriously lacking mountains, it’s a beautiful city with many parks, lakes, and an extensive canal system. One of the best things of course, is the food, which has been amazing so far. From lamian (拉面) to teppanyaki, dumplings (jiǎozi or 饺子) to shāo kǎo (烧烤), delicious food is cheap and bountiful here.
Have you been to China? What’s your favorite part of experiencing a different culture?