So after two flights and a layover in Hong Kong, totaling approximately 23 hours, I’ve finally arrived in Nanjing, China! Once we were beyond the gate, the other CPGC interns and I met up with Robert from The Amity Foundation and made our way from the airport to the hostel we were staying at.
While we were on the shuttle bus to the metro station I couldn’t help but notice how striking the difference was between the grandeur of Hong Kong’s international airport and the simple foundations of developing areas in Nanjing. In fact as we were coming in for landing in Nanjing, it was also interesting to see the many fields and rice paddies in China. However, the metro looked brand-new and the other interns and I were completely fascinated by the complexity of the electronic ads in the subway. Experiencing those contrasts really made me understand what people meant when they say China’s developing fast but it’s still a mix between the old ways and the new technologies.
Well that’s all I’ll say for now because I’m still pretty exhausted. We have orientation on Tuesday and officially begin teaching on Wednesday so we have a few days to rest up and get accustomed to the new environment in Nanjing. Hopefully I can get some pictures up by the next post!