When I came to China last August, I made a bucket list of things I wanted to do here before leaving someday. Today, I was looking back to see how many of those things I’ve done so far.
1. See at least 5 cities in China
As of today, I’ve been to Shanghai (obviously), Hangzhou, Dongguan, and Guangzhou. So I’m really close to making it to 5 cities!
2. Go to Japan
Last spring I made it to Japan! I stayed in Tokyo, but it was a really cool trip.
3. Go to Hong Kong
Hong Kong was one of the first trips I took after coming to China. I went in December 2018 for a week, and I would highly recommend going if you ever have the chance.
4. See the Great Wall
5. See the Terra Cotta Warriors
6. See the pandas
7. Go to Taiwan
I had a Tawain trip hypothetically planned, but I couldn’t get off work, so it didn’t work out.
8. See the Hangzhou West Lake
Hangzhou was the first trip I took outside of Shanghai! The West Lake is so beautiful. It really reminded me of Minnesota, but with mountains.
9. Go to Harbin in the winter
Because I went to Hong Kong last winter, I didn’t have a chance to go to Harbin.
10. Learn some Chinese
Yes! I can say a decent amount of things in Chinese, and my listening and understanding gets better every day!
I’ve completed only 3/10 things on my bucket list so far. But, I’m really excited to say that in a little less than a week, I’m going on a trip! I’ll be starting in Beijing (where I can see the Great Wall), then heading to Xi’an (where the Terra Cotta warriors live), and finally going to Chengdu (where I can see the pandas). After the trip, I’ll have checked off 8/10 things on my bucket list!
Unfortunately, for now, I think I’m going to have to let the Taiwan and Harbin dreams go for a little while. Maybe some in the future, I’ll make to both of those places.
I’m so excited for my trip next week! Be prepared for a few posts about the 3 different cities in the coming weeks.
See you all soon,