We are at staying in a developing suburb that is about an hour from the center of downtown. The campus we are working on is modeled after Virginia Tech. The campus is a part of a development that contains housing, retail space and tall buildings that will contain hotels and businesses.
The area itself is a far cry from the bustling cities on the east coast. A walk into the center of town has streets lined with convenience stores and small restaurants. The only Americanized food is a CFC, a mock KFC. There seems to be constant building around the town with large developments clustering towards the subway extensions that will be completed in 2020 (Chengdu has 2 lines right now but will have 20 soon).
After visiting Beijing almost 3 years ago, I told myself that I had seen enough "China" to hold my interests and wouldn't be back for a while. I figured I have so many other places to explore in the world, traveling to the same place twice wasn't in my immediate future. But I must have forgotten I was a business student and China's GDP is a force to be reckoned with, so here I am, in China... but this time I will be here for nearly 6 weeks.
Freshman year I was able to go to Beijing for 2 weeks to complete a short term study abroad program. It was quite a different travel experience considering Asian countries are not like any other. This time, I will be headed back with my graduate program to complete some consulting projects in Chengdu. With an exciting 6 weeks ahead I can't wait to explore more cities in China!
PS: Taking any suggestions and tips! We have some free weekends and would LOVE input! [March 26-May 8]