China

China: Hidden Gems

Tracy Li is a student at University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is an ISA Featured Photo Blogger and is currently studying abroad with ISA in Shanghai, China.

The best part about roaming around a new location is unintentionally coming across its hidden gems and capturing those in a photo. I had a great time snapping as much as I could and I hope the following photos not only reflect that but bring you into the miraculous wonders of China.

Location: Nanjing City Wall

To the couple: Great choice. Such an awesome location to take wedding photos here. Excuse me for intruding on your photo shoot and a huge thank you for unwillingly and unknowingly adding such a nice touch to my photo.

Location: Power Station of Art (上海当代艺术博物馆)

It seems as if I have entered some top secret science laboratory, but no. It’s just the rooftop to a contemporary art museum. I absolutely love it.

Location: Scholar’s Hotel

A hotel room that comes with magic calligraphy ink that continuously dissolves on magic calligraphy paper. All of my wildest dreams have come true.

Location: Hefang Jie (河坊街)

Within one of Hangzhou’s shopping streets, a staircase into a cozy and hidden location. I want to go in there.

Location: Hefang Jie (河坊街)

Shopping in China has a little bit of everything. Where does the end of the old-styled street lead to? The fun part is I get to choose.

Location: Hefang Jie (河坊街)

First, how about a game of ‘I spy’? How many delicious miscellaneous fruit drinks can you spot in one photo?

Second, my drink has fog brimming from the top. Ahh. That’s what I call innovation.

Location: Lingyin Temple and Flying Peak

Who else feels like they are about to enter a Chinese drama just by looking at these photos? I already have the plot planned out.

Location: West Lake ( 西湖 )

Nothing trumps China’s beautiful and serene scenery. Nothing.

Location: Yu Garden ( 豫园 )

Thank you to ISA for giving us a memorable time studying and exploring in China. For anyone interested in going to China or just studying abroad in general: first, I recommend you to go with ISA, and second, I urge you to just do it. It will be something you won’t regret.

Your Discovery. Our People… The World Awaits.

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