Finding China Part 3 – Wuzhen

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Click on image for larger version A short bus ride from Tongxiang, Wuzhen is an ancient town - or, probably more accurately, a collective of ancient districts - built on a collection of islands surrounded by canals. While undeniably a major tourist attraction that must pull in a significant income for the local economy, it is, even so,  a living town in its own right, with some 12,000 permanent residents calling it home. While aspects of it do feel somewhat like a living museum, nevertheless, there is a buzz and a vivacity that brings the place to life. Wuzhen is characterised by narrow labyrinthine streets - (no cars here) - and of course, the canals that serve as the arterial byways through the place with shops selling local crafts. And,…
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Finding China – Part 1

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A few weeks ago it fell to me to me to escort a dozen students from Coventry University to take a two-month placement at Zhejiang University of Media and Communication (ZUMC) in Tongxiang, China. This was my first trip to China and I had no real preconceptions of what to expect other than I guessed that it was likely to be something rather unique. I couldn’t have been more right. While I was there for only a week, I came away with a powerful respect, admiration and affection for the Chinese people that I and my students came into contact with. Universally, we were treated with unfailing courtesy, openness, kindness and, on many an occasion, a willingness on the part of individuals to go far beyond the bounds of merely…
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