Finally I found a silent moment to post the promised weekend update – so listen up! As I already told the School of Economics and Management spared no expenses to organize a trip for us newcomers to the picturesque over 400 years old water village, called Zhu Jia Jiao which is located outside of Shanghai. This village used to be important for trade, as the man-made canals are connecting into rivers and therefore enhanced the shipping of goods. On Saturday Felix, Thomas and I went to a Teppan Yaki place which is always great. Afterwards we met some French Tongji Students at the Club “Dela Coast” on The Bund Nr.1.
Sunday was mainly for recovering from partying, unfortunately Felix and me got a little bit sick and Felix couldn’t even attend the first courses of the new semester because of a fever. I somehow made my way to the courses (beginning with Accounting & Finance, followed by Chinese Economy: Reform & Development) today even though not feeling that well. Although the Professors in both topics are really proficient I could raise further interest for the Chinese Economy course as it is tought by a former Harvard-lector who’s very funny and always searching the contact to the students. In the afternoon the first Chinese lesson took place where most of the students seemed to be slightly overstrained. I hope that this will change somehow as the prerequisite for the basic course is no Chinese-knowledge at all and the prerequisite for the intermediate course seems to require a really fluent level of Chinese and a clear understanding nearly based on everyday conversations. I will of course update you about the courses to come and wish you all the best in the meantime!