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Catherine Cao, Shanghai office
Nihao, my name is CC from the HKS Shanghai office. I grew up in Beijing, the nation’s capital where I began studying architecture. After undergraduate, I went to the UK for graduate school, and have been working as an architect in China for 6 years. This is my first time working in the U.S., so I really appreciate the opportunity to participate in the HKS Xchange Fellowship.
Rachel Campbell, HKS London in Shanghai
I was lucky to get away to Beijing for a long weekend on the super fast high speed train, the scenery whizzing past. Firstly I visited the amazing Forbidden City - which you enter through Tian'anmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace located off Tian'anmen Square.
Rachel Campbell from HKS London is the 2015 4th Quarter HKS Xchange Fellow to the HKS Shanghai office
Well what a rollercoaster living in Shanghai has been – I love Shanghai!
I cannot leave Shanghai without writing something about this mega city’s cuisine. The Shanghai cuisine is the youngest among the major cuisines in China. Shanghai, being a relatively new city in China, does not really have a cuisine of its own, but successfully refines all the historical cookery of the surrounding provinces such as Zhejiang and Jiangsu. The food is full of color, aromas and strong flavors. They use a lot of oil, soy sauce and red spices; so be careful when asking for something spicy when visiting, you might regret it. I decided to take several cooking classes to learn about this interesting cuisine and share my experience with you ...
This past weekend I decided to go to the city of Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the capital and largest city of Zhejiang province in eastern China. It is considered one of the seven ancient capitals of China. Although I took the two-hour bullet train, Hangzhou proved to be one of the most difficult places for me to get around. No one spoke English at the station and taking a taxi was also eventful. Luckily, I found someone who spoke English to save the day. When I arrived at the hotel, I thought my communication nightmare was over, but I was sadly mistaken. With only one English-speaking employee, even asking for a towel was a challenge. I persevered and rented a bicycle and ventured out to explore this great city, with my translation app, of course.
Pedram Mireshghi & Roddrick West
What’s so different?
This is the final installment of my wonderful Shanghai adventure and this last park is amazing. Century Park! This is the largest park in the city of Shanghai, sprawling 140 hectares. It’s found in Pudong, south of Century Blvd.
Welcome to People's Park, literally the center of Shanghai! We'll look at both People's Park and People's Square, north and south of Renmin Ave. (People's Ave.) respectively.
Welcome to Jing'an Sculpture Park! A haven of 110 acres located just north of Beijing Road. Above you can see both the bright red of Belgian artist Arne Quinze's "Red Beacon" tree like structure and the as of yet unopened new Natural History Museum.
Fuxing Park is right in the middle of the French Concession area (locally known as Luwan). It is 10 hectares in size and was originally a private garden during the Ming Dynasty. After the Opium War, the French took it over and provided the typically French garden style with a lake and fountains and opened it to the French public on July 14, 1909. After the French, the Japanese renamed it Daxing Park, but in the middle of the 20th century the Chinese renamed it Fuxing Park.