First Impressions

The day I went, the weather started out with extreme heat and high humidity, the sun was scorching hot and bright. However, it was nice to see the ocean, although it wasn’t as clean as I expected to be. Later on in the day, the sound of thunder and the sight of heavy rain permeated the sky. The city seemed average to me, but hey, it was nice to come out to explore.



The New Yuan Ming Palace 圆明新园

Built of the same size as the burned down Summer Palace in Beijing, the New Summer Palace in Zhuhai reflects numerous scenic spots with its old construction style combined with modern features.

The New Summer Palace is located at the foot of Shilin Mountain on Jiuzhou Avenue inZhuhai City. The total investment during the first phase of construction was more than 600 million yuan. The New Summer Palace is one of the first 4A level scenic areas in China.20150926_140243 20150926_135021 20150926_131813 20150926_132127 20150926_140653 20150926_140746

珠海渔女传说 Zhuhai Fisher Girl Myth 

。。。日复一日,年复一年,精诚所至,金石为开,”还魂草”终于长大,救活了仙女。从此,仙女真正来到人间。成亲那天,她和姑娘们在海边拾到一枚硕大无比的海蚌,挖出一颗举世无双的宝珠,于是,渔女高擎着宝珠,献给德高望重的九洲长老…… 这美丽的传说,寄托了多少珠海人民深沈的感情和美好的愿望?昭示了几多人间的哲理

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Final Thoughts 

I wouldn’t want to come back. It was a pleasure sharing this experience with my significant other, fun but also challenging.


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Rant: Samsung Note 5

FYI, future Alex, I wished I planned out my itinerary in greater detail such as specific transportation from one destination to another, well-known local dishes, and basic history and background information on the planned destinations.

珠海 is the first city I used my new Samsung Note 5 to take pictures with. In general, I am pretty impressed with the hardware that Samsung is packing, however, the software seems is extremely user un-friendly. Overall, the user experience is very poor. It took me about 2 hours to figure out and troubleshoot the-how-to transfer files from Android to Mac, moreover, finding the photo files were a pain. Urghhhh.

Present Mental State 

Deep-seated melancholy, heart-sinking depression, 100X gravity force of regret, stranded in the middle of the ocean with a broken compass, terrified of making a decision, loneliness and helplessness like an astronaut propelled at high-speeds away from the earth, God can’t help me. Verbal language really gets in the way of the heart language. In short, these past two days has been very crushing.

After leaving Nanjing and starting my new semester interning at an NGO in Shenzhen, I started questioning myself, faith, and everything else. This process has been very exhausting and discouraging.

I will make it though. I will not just survive, but I will finally thrive one day. Future Alex, I won’t let you down. I will break the bonds of the past and crave out a better future in the present. You have my word.

*These experiences were made possible by the Gilman Scholarship 

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