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In order to revisit some of my former Tongji University colleagues I went to Shanghai for 5 days from 11th to 15th September 2009. I mainly want the facebook-pictures to tell the story in that case, as this time for me was relaxing rather than sight-seeing intense… In general I appreciated this trip to a very special place although it’s getting torn apart at the moment due the upcoming expo 2010. The city seems to prepare exclusively for this extraordinary event and puts all emphasis to it. On Tuesday I had the chance to visit the Urban Planning Museum on Peoples Square. I learned that China is the first ‘developing’ country having the burden and at the same time special honor to host a world exposition.

Shanghai, of course, seems to be the perfectly sophisticated place for it!

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A Shanghai Chapter…

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Brief Introduction

As globalization these days is thriving and therefore markets converging it is vital to understand the development of different involved countries from the present perspective as well as the retrospective. That is why fruitful future progresses can possibly only be foreseen through the knowledge of former times. As this topic is too extensive the elaboration will start with a brief historical review of the Era of Reconstruction mainly influenced by Deng Xiaoping beginning in 1976.

Not much attention will be paid to the Mao Zedong Era including the Great Leap Forward which is regarded as the first try to transform China mainland from a primary agrarian economy into a modern and industrialized country. Rather the Era of Reconstruction under Deng Xiaoping and its partial economical opening-up process towards the rest of the World and especially towards the United States in the beginning will be taken into consideration.

As China currently is on the brink of transformation from an elongated workbench as an emerging country to an advanced country it is essential to foresee the further development of the potential China of tomorrow by applying the knowledge from the last decades. The investigation of former economical achievements and upcoming challenges of China’s economy will be consulted to find a proper conclusion for the recent development.


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Case for Understanding China Today & Foreseeing China Tomorrow

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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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