Nanjing by Let Ideas Compete
Richard spent his year abroad in Nanjing, China. Read on as he fills the year abroad blanks...My name is: Richard
I'm studying: Mandarin Chinese
For my year abroad I went to: Nanjing, China for 14 months
While I was there I: Studied at the University of Nanjing, an exchange arranged through the University of Sheffield.
Five words to describe my year away are: Mind-blowing, eye-opening, memorable.
My top tips for anyone going there are: Try the local delicacy Salt Water Duck and take every opportunity to speak Chinese. Also, there is a lady called Happy Lady who runs a small hole-in-the-wall shop opposite the international students dorm - become good friends with her and she'll look after you.
The cleverest people find accommodation: Local coffee shop notice boards and university notice boards.
Don't leave without: Getting all your medication forms in order...The PSB might make you have your jabs again otherwise. It'll be costly and it won't be very pleasant.
The best night out is: In an area of the city called 1912. The bars are constantly changing there, but it's always good fun.
When your parents visit: Take them to the small family-run restaurants you normally eat at, not the big fancy ones. Show them what your life in Nanjing is like. Also, take them to Fuzimiao one evening.
My favourite lunch place: Harbin Dumping Bar just off Ninghai Road.
On a Sunday: Go to Skyways café, get yourself a good sandwich and go and sit outside the Chinese student dorms for a chat.
If you want to fit in quickly, you should: Get over the embarrassment of making language mistakes. Be bold with your language and you'll make tonnes of local friends.
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