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Last Sunday the Projects Abroad Shanghai team visited the ancient town of Qibao for our social. Although Qibao is in Shanghai, and easily reached on the metro, the scenery is different from the usual skyscrapers and the abundance of neon lights in the city. The buildings have a distinct traditional Chinese feel that represents the Song Dynasty and the Puhui River runs through the town. There is also a delightful little temple and we were lucky enough to see the monks doing a performance.. Not exactly sure what the performance was, but nonetheless a special sight. Take a look at the snaps!
Can’t wait for the next social. Chinese KTV!
My time in Chengdu, China
by Philipp Muehl, Germany
My time in Chengdu is almost over after having spent two months here. And I have to say: I am so sad about it.
This city surprised me so much in so many positive ways.
Before I arrived here, I have to admit I had a certain image of Chinese cities: Dirty, loud, grey, smoggy. But I soon got taught, that I was so wrong. Chengdu is such a modern city, having an astonishing architecture combined with traditional elements and buildings in between.
You will see soon, that the people care for a town, in which they are able to recreate. Rivers, parks, alleys covered in trees, huge malls, hidden markets, small shops and millions of small or big restaurants everywhere. Apropos restaurants: I am very certain that the Sichuan cuisine, with all its contrasting flavours and endless varieties of ingredients your tongue has never tasted before, will be one of the things I will miss at most.
I remember, that going out for dinner was also always a little adventure. Not all restaurants offer an english menu. We mostly decided by looking at pictures and pointing at them. No need to say that you have a lot of surprises by doing so. But these surprises made it always possible that you try things, you might have never tried before. I can only suggest to always choose something new! And even if you go to the fanciest place you will never pay more than 10€. Usually I have had huge meals for always around 2€ and were never disappointed.
The next surprise - beside the fact that you can not flush your toilet-paper - was the nightlife of Chengdu. Fellow volunteers and me went out on every weekend and it was a hella fun! You can choose from so many places with amazing bars, huge nightclubs or the Chinese favourite thing: ...
During a recent social in Shanghai our team, which consisted of English, Dutch, Swedish, American, Swiss and Japanese volunteers, went to the 34th floor of the Hyatt on the Bund Hotel to enjoy these magnificent views of this metropolis! This hotel potentially boasts the best views of the famous Shanghai skyline! Take a look at some of the snaps!
In China, and across the Projects Abroad global community, we have recently started a photo competition! All of our past and present volunteers have the opportunity to enter, and not only can achieving first place give them prestige and honor, they also have a chance to win a prize… and of course it can even be something to sparkle on their resume! What we are looking for from these photos is something that encapsulates everyday life in China, something that is unique to this somewhat unpredictable vast land. Whether it be a picture of an uncanny event on the street, a photo of the various street stalls, China’s beautiful nature, a photo at one of our many placements or even an adorable old Chinese person who looks 120 playing a strange instrument or holding a machete, all will be considered when the team picks the winning pic!
The entries that we have had for our latest photo competition have been outstanding, but in the Projects Abroad China staff’s eyes there was only one clear winner. So without further ado we would like to congratulate Marc Holm Otte from Denmark for this magnificent picture of a lady sailing a boat at one of the water towns on the outskirts of Shanghai. Gennemstegt Marcus and keep on sending us your wonderful photos!
We are looking forward to seeing all of the entries for the current photo edition! All who are currently here get snapping and sending, for those who have been here before get sending and come back, and those who are reading this and awaiting a trip to China… Get prepared to obtain some amazing life memories and remember to bring your camera and document them!
To see some of the runner up pictures, previous winners and a load more amazing pics in China then follow us on Facebook ...
An interview with Zaineb Siddiqi
Richard Egan, Communications Officer in China, recently had the pleasure of interviewing Zaineb Siddiqi, a Projects Abroad law volunteer from the UK who is currently undergoing an internship at Tuo Ying Law Offices in Shanghai, China.
Zaineb graduated from The University of Law in Moorgate this summer and next year she is seeking to take her LPC at the University of Law in London, with the hope of becoming a qualified solicitor by 2016.
Richard: First of all, why did you decide to become a volunteer in China?
Zaineb: I have done some previous volunteering at law firms in the UK, but I wanted some international legal training. Most law firms in London are looking for people who have knowledge of law from different countries so a part of the reason for this trip is to prove to my future employers that I have a keen interest in international law and that I am willing to go overseas to prove that. I wanted to specifically obtain first-hand knowledge of Chinese law, because lots of firms in London have Chinese clients and it will really help me in the future if I have an understanding of Chinese law and culture. Also, I specifically wanted to go to Shanghai because many law firms in London have partners in Shanghai. Another reason is that an occupation as a solicitor is such a competitive market so I need all the experience I can get. I had a long look on the internet and saw the law internships that Projects Abroad offered and now here I am!
Richard: OK, that sounds great! So tell me about Tuo Ying Law Offices? Which area of law do they focus on?
Zaineb: They mainly focus on intellectual property law in China. They have some international clients, the biggest being Samsung, but as of yet the firm ...