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Your First Week in Shanghai

b2ap3_thumbnail_image2.png You’ve just spent a very long time on an airplane and arrived at the Shanghai airport. Welcome to China! Now what? Hopefully, you have someone who picked you up from the airport and brought you to where you’ll be staying. If not, put on your walking shoes and good luck hitchhiking! Just kidding, we know you are more prepared than that. Being the savvy China traveler that you are, you will have already printed out your destination in Chinese to show to the tens of airport taxicabs waiting to escort you to where you’ll be calling home for the duration of your stay in China. You should have plenty of time during your 1-3 month Gi2C internship in Shanghai to get a real feel for the city.  Once you’ve unpacked and are over jetlag, there are so many things for you to do and see in Shanghai that you might...
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MAY
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Shanghai interns’ Huangpu outing: Tianzi Fang on Taikang Lu

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140527-050952_1.jpg Tianzi Fang is a walking and shopping area filled with edgy marketing and design studios, gorgeous fashion and interior outlets and established artists of all varieties. There are also some great restaurants, cafes and bars to sustain this hungry creative bunch and the curious who walk around this local Shanghai hangout. The area was originally a residential and factory zone and is now home to Shanghai’s trendsetters. The architecture is breathtaking, the shops filled with novelties, the food is delicious and the people you’ll find out and about are as diverse as the shops within. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and enjoy the mix of old with new. Our Shanghai interns found it to be “a very interesting place to visit filled with character”. Most likely they’ll be back on their own to spend some more time in this eclectic part of town.
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APR
08
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Where are the Doritos?

b2ap3_thumbnail_image007_20140408-065428_1.png For our first few weeks in China, we are amazed and excited by all the different types of delicious Chinese food that we can find on every corner. Some of these new foods delight us while other foods may disgust us, but all are equally interesting to taste or smell. However, after a while, some homesickness sets in. We crave grilled cheese, decadent chocolate or a good old bowl of cereal. Luckily, if you live in a big city like Beijing or Shanghai, you will be able to find these treasures albeit at a higher cost than you would pay for them at home. In Beijing, you’ll want to keep an eye out for two stores: Jenny Lou’s and April Gourmet. Jenny Lou’s has a bright green and yellow banana sign and currently has ten locations. However, if you don’t live on the east side of Beijing, you won’t be able to...
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JAN
11
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China Intern Update: Hira Iqbal

Gi2C intern in Shanghai, China - Hira Chinese people are very welcoming and very helpful, I have had no trouble when it came to getting help for anything, if I was lost I got help from any young Chinese person. Most all young Chinese can speak a little bit of English so that's great, especially in Shanghai. My co-workers are very welcoming and they took me around the city on my first week. I have seen pictures and read how advance Shanghai has become but actually being here is a totally different feeling. The public transportation system (metro and buses) have TV's installed and you can use your phones underground. It is very cold in public areas and even inside offices so sometimes you have to wear your coats or jackets while working. My home town is Toronto one of the busiest cities in Canada but if you were to travel via public transportation for 1 hour...
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SEP
15
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Intern Update: Julia Nikolaychuk

Julia Nikolaychuk's internship in China, Getin2ChinaJulia Nikolaychuk has arrived in Shanghai for her China internship program, and she says it's "incomparable" to her hometown. "I come from a very small town in western Ukraine. Life in Shanghai is unique in comparison to every big city or megalopolis that I have been to. It is very modern and highly developed. The culture and traditions are visible at every point, what people wear to what they do and how they behave." She adds that unless you've been to Shanghai, you won't "understand its nature." "Amazing views: skyscrapers; lights; hot, humid air; food; lively streets – it has its character distinct from other places. Despite being crowded, the city is very functional in terms of public transport." Julia previously told Gi2C that she chose the Middle Kingdom to do an internship because of the opportunities given to young people and for the chance to experience the business dynamics of the Far...
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JUN
08
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Day Trips from Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang

China is big. Huge. There's lots to see, and as an intern in China, you won’t see it all. But at Getin2China, we encourage you to at least try. Traveling around China is easier than ever before, and transportation is rapidly improving, making it faster and more convenient for tourists to bob around. As a transport hub in China, Shanghai is an excellent base for day trips or other short hauls (and so is Beijing - check out a previous post about short haul trips from Beijing here). We take a look at two can't-miss destinations during your time in Shanghai: Suzhou and Zhouzhuang. Suzhou Contrary to an image of China as one of environmental degradation and cities of concrete and steel, Suzhou, directly west of Shanghai in neighboring Jiangsu Province, offers something vastly different. Known as the 'Venice of the East' for its abundance of canals, Suzhou offers up plenty of gardens...
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JAN
09
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"Go East, Young Man"

goeastyoungmanChina Daily, an English language newspaper in China, recently featured an article from Erik Nilsson and Thomas Hale titled, "Go Easy, Young Man." China Daily - "Go East, Young Man" The article, published nearly one year after  the New York Times published an identically titled article, discusses the growing trend of young Westerners heading to China for adventure and opportunity. As the article quips, "They come for the adventure. They stay for the jobs." Human Resource professionals agree that gaining work experience in China is a smart tactic for Westerners. Professional work experience in China may prove not only meaningful but also marketable when you return home. The China Daily article featured stories from a handful of young professionals living and working in China, lured to the East by a promising economic environment and a sense of mysticism. This is certainly not the first time in history that young people have been drawn to economically prosperous regions, in-fact it happens...
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DEC
12
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Life in Shanghai: Getting Shanghai'd!

Shanghai_Highways_@_Night_Wallpaper__yvt2We've gotten Shanghai'd. And now, so can you! The following post is a narrative about some of the best ways to spend a night out in Shanghai. It is common knowledge that Shanghai is mainland China's most cosmopolitan city, but most people have no idea just how cool this place really is. Whether you are looking for glitz and glamour or grungy chic, Shanghai has something for you. The evening is the best time to arrive. Shanghai comes to life at night, the bright lights illuminating the collision of commerce and culture. Modern China is on display and there is no better way to take in the show than on the bank of the Huangpu river with a cold Tsingtao and 10,000 other - mostly domestic - tourists snapping photos. Behind you is the elegance of the Bund. Sophisticated and a symbol of status, the Bund is a reflection of Shanghai’s...
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AUG
06
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Life in Shanghai: A 10-Minute History [Video]


While combing through YouTube's densely populated content listings, I came across this awesome little video about one of the world's great cities - Shanghai, China. The video is jam-packed full of interesting information regarding all things Shanghai. Take 10 minutes out of your day and become a Shanghai expert! Enjoy. Get in2 China YouTube Channel
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AUG
06
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Life in Shanghai: A Dumpling Destination

Shanghai is China's sweetest city. Well, at least from a culinary stand-point. Shanghai cooking uses the more sugar than any of China's 33 different sheng, or provinces. This translates to a large number of sweet and savory snacks to be found throughout the city. Another well-known culinary tradition in Shanghai  is the Shanghainese obsession with delectable dumplings. Steamed, pan-fried, soup-filled - though many different varieties can be found around town, I'll be introducing you to my two most favorite styles of dumplings, both of which happen to be indigenous to Shanghai. We know that interns get hungry, so here you go - eat your heart out! Xiao Long Bao (小笼包) - Tender, Soup-Filled Flavor Explosion The first time I tried Xiao Long Bao, it changed my life. I had no idea it was even possible to cram so much deliciousness into such a small, delicate package. Traditional pork or pork and...
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AUG
03
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Get in2 China Opens Shanghai Office

In mid-July, Get in2 China Group cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors of our new Shanghai office. Over the past couple of years, we have been growing our contacts and business network in China's financial center, working hard to prepare for this moment. As not only China's financial capital, but also a global hub of business and commerce, Shanghai offers a wealth of meaningful internship opportunities for hard working students and graduates. If Shanghai's Pudong Skyline isn't a testament to progress and the result of ambition, we don't know what is! The new office is located in Shanghai's Pudong District, a short walk from the Longyang Road Metro Station. Longyang is known for being the arrival point of the famously fast mag-lev train that shuttles to and from the Pudong Airport. With a top operational speed of 431 kilometers per hour, the magnetic levitation train travels faster than any...
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