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Experience in China. Ashley N. Lawson Emporia State University July 2012. This was our first day in china! We were on our way to the hospital because a student needed stitches! What a way to start a trip in a foreign country!!!!!!. Study Abroad. Guangzhou, China. 3 rd Largest City in China

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Experience in China

Ashley N. Lawson

Emporia State University

July 2012

This was our first day in china! We were on our way to the hospital because a student needed stitches! What a way to start a trip in a foreign country!!!!!!

Study Abroad

Guangzhou, China

  • 3rd Largest City in China

    • Largest in Southern China

  • Manufacturing hub for Pearl River Delta

    • Mainland China’s leading commercial and manufacturing region.


It is really humid in the region. I found that carrying an umbrella shielded me from the sun. Be sure to drink plenty of water!

Places to visit in Guangzhou

Canton Tower


Lingnan Impression Park

This was a fun surprise for our group to experience!

Canton Tower

Picture taken at night during river cruise

Hope you’re not afraid of heights!

Canton Tower Tour

Constructed :

November 2005 -2010


108 Floors

Antenna Spire

600 Meters


459.2 Meters




Observation Tower

B. Kessell enjoyed Canton Tower very much! He must not be afraid of heights!

Canton Tower

We went to the top!!

ESU Graduate Student, Brad Kessell enjoying the view!

Lingnan Impression Park

Entering the Park

Waterfall inside park

Fun fact: Kyle is a Chinese language and culture minor! He was excited to be challenge his abilities in China.

Old meets New: New construction towering over the ancient buildings

ESU student Kyle Griswald trying his hand at reading Chinese!

Gorgeous Architecture and Status

This Ivory carving was particularly stunning. This picture does not do it justice because it does not show the amount of intricacy and detail the artist put into this.

Ivory carving

Bonsai tree

Teaching: The Experience of a Lifetime

Fun Fact: Only one student from the ESU group was a Teaching Major!

ESU and SCNU students participate in a group discussion.

ESU graduate students, Brad Kessell teaching American Culture: College Life.

Not knowing what to expect, we spent at least 2 hours a night preparing for class the next day. Teaching is HARD WORK!

ESU graduate student, Ashley Lawson teaching at SCNU

Graduate Student, Brad Kessell during group cultural exchange.

Tea and Mahjong are both important parts of the Chinese Culture.

ESU students, Daniel Zachary and Brad Kessell enjoying tea time before lunch.

ESU students get a lesson on playing Mahjong.

Who says teachers are not fun? Two ESU student teachers enjoying an hour at the beach!

A day at the beach

Advice: When booking ticket for sleeper train… book the bottom, more expensive bunk. There is no ladder to use if you are in the middle or top bunk


Subway: ESU group during their first time on subway in Guangzhou.

ESU Grad Student, Brad Kessell on sleeper train to Beijing. (only 26 hours)

Free time

Great Wall of China

Forbidden City

Welcome to the Great Wall

Almost to the wall (5.5 hour hiking total)

Brad Kessellnearing the tallest point of this portion of the wall.

Instead of going to the touristy section of the Great Wall. We went to another and were able to hike a trail to the wall!! What a workout!

Great Wall

Finally made it to the top!

Brad Kessell couldn’t be happier

Forbidden City


Iconic area directly outside the city

This was a amazing way to spend our last 4 days in China! Make sure if you plan on traveling for this program you can take a few days just for yourself to travel!

Forbidden City

Last day in china…

Landed in Kansas City, KS safely!

Goodbye China.

Hello HOME!!!

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