Bar Rouge

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…of a student and socializer. On Monday 1st September I checked out of my beloved Tian Ci Service Apartment in the heart of Shanghai for the sake of a student and campus life at Tongji University. My update only comes that late because I had limited Internet access in the International Students Dormitory of the university till yesterday when a guy from China Telecom relieved me from my WWW absence by installing a modem in my room. Fortunately I managed to operate my blog again via proxy server. Let’s go back to the beginning because this week happened to be a really eventful one.

After checking out on Monday I made my way to the Maglev (engl. magnetic levitation) train station in order to pick up my colleague Felix also from Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration. This hyper modern train connects the Pudong Airport with the more central part of Shanghai and at his peak reaches a velocity of almost 430 km/h. Besides me Felix has also been nominated from the home university to undergo this exchange term at Tongji and through my pick-up at the airport I wanted to help him to make his start in Shanghai easier. Unfortunately due to some delay in Vienna his luggage didn’t make it to the connection flight in Düsseldorf. Nevertheless we took a cab after going back by Maglev to reach the Tongji University at Siping Campus, which serves as the biggest and main part of this institution in Shanghai. After asking us through to get to the International Students Dormitory we happened to get a room next to each other. The first appearance of the dormitory wasn’t the best, but after cleaning up and making ourselves more comfortable it’s kind of bearable here. Moreover the distance to the seminar buildings are really a big advantage in comparison to flats outside of the campus. The rest of the week had some sightseeing in store for us three (Felix, Thomas – also at the same floor of the dorm, and me). I showed them a little bit of Shanghai as I meanwhile know the centre a little bit and a part of the most important MUST SEE’s.

Here are some impressions of the university campus which’s entrance is currently under construction, unfortunately:

On Tuesday during the registration we came in touch with the people at School of Economics and Management (SEM) for the first time. They gave us the schedule for this first preparation week and also helpful information for the begin of the semester, which is today, actually 😉 On Wednesday I showed the Xintiandi to the newcomers and they had their first nice Chinese dinner. Following that once again Bar Rouge was on schedule where they could get a great impression of the skyline of the New Bund of Shanghai. On Thursday the placement exam for the Chinese language courses took place and Felix and I fortunately advanced to the “intermediate” level, which is the highest level offered for Chinese courses. On Friday the SEM organized a trip to Zhu Jia Jiao (Watertown). But this is worth a separate blog entry going with the obligatory weekend party-update. Coming up soon…

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On Friday evening I found my way to Bund 18, precisely to ‘Bar Rouge’ (Source on Smart Shanghai). I fortunately happened to meet some French guys in front of the elevator just before going up to the club, who invited me to have a sit at their place which was perfectly situated on the terrace viewing to the (old) Bund (Wai Tan). This night was pretty funny as I wasn’t on my own and got to know some nice people from France who departured to Hongkong after that. Finally I went home at 4 a.m. not to be too wasted on the next day, because Ernst invited me on a golf course with Peter and the General Manager of Berry Textile, Simon Sung, who showed quite proficient golf skills to us even-starters.

I have to admit that I was playing horrible, I guess due to the lack of practice in the last time. But there happened to be at least one illuminated moment, as I put the ball one meter next to hole on a Par 3 (138 meters long) and therefore achieved my first Birdie in my dusky golf carrier. This of course was topped by a direct chip-in from Simon also achieving a Birdie. Congratulations in this place 😉

In conclusion I experienced a funny day with nice weather and some lovely people at a very inviting and luxurious golf course.

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