Asia 2018 – Week 4

Week 4 – Dongying, Beijing

Hello everyone! After our visit in Jinan, we took a 3 hour train ride to Dongying, which is the youngest city in China! It’s population is around 2 million and it’s well known for its oil production! Almost everywhere we looked, there were fracking sites! We made a presentation at Shengli- New Zealand School and sat in on two classes with an American and Canadian teacher! We additionally made another presentation to parents and their children who have interest studying abroad in Canada. It went very successful, as many parents stayed behind to ask questions for 2 hours after the presentation was finished!

After a short and sweet visit in Dongying, we hopped on a flight back to Beijing where we made another presentation at JJL agency and had lunch at a famous duck roasting restaurant. We had two days off, the first of which was spent doing absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing. We stayed in our hotel room all day to recuperate. Doris has caught a cold, so the more rest and fluids the better! Day two, we worked up the courage to get out of our hotel room and join a tour group to The Great Wall! Although the weather was somewhat rainy and cloudy, we had a lovely day trip to one of the seven wonders of the world. It also served as our workout for the day; it’s quite steep and absolutely massive. They don’t call it The Great Wall for nothing!

We’re over halfway through this portion of the project and we’re still learning how to get a handle on the language barrier. Although Doris speaks Chinese, we still both feel the language barrier effects both of us. For Shannon; often times conversations occur and not every sentence or part of a conversation is translated. Additionally, some audiences we give presentations to don’t have a high english level, so Doris must translate and further explain points in more detail, as Chinese and English don’t always translate into one another fluently. For Doris; being the only one who is able to speak Chinese means getting flooded with all of the information and conversations Shannon can’t understand. Translating may seem like an easy task, but it can often be more complicated than it appears. We’ve started to get a better rhythm for the language barrier, however it’s still a work in progress.

One thing we’re very grateful for is our communication skills. For only knowing one another for just under 2 months, we’ve come to know and respect each others train of thought. Communication truly is everything, without it, teamwork simply will fail. Keep in touch everyone and keep an eye out for our posts on social media and live stream videos!

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