Things I learned today
  • Chinese girls have invented and perfected the one handed parasol bicycle technique.
  • People don’t lock up their bikes. Ever. 
  • When you enter a store, people take pictures of you. A lot of pictures. And then talk about who they’re going to show said pictures to. And take more pictures. With the sound on so it’s painfully obvious they’re taking a photo. When you’re facing them.
  • Fudan University’s campus space is much like NYU’s. Times four. 
  • This means every building is far away. Like… two kilometers (a mile and a quarter, roughly) away from the dorm. I’m considering buying a crappy bicycle, because having my feet swell to the size of pillows every day is not the business.

Top 30 Chinese universities 2012

Fudan University  复旦大学

Rank 2012: 5
Rank 2011: 5
Score: 147.85

Website: www.fudan.edu.cn/englishnew

Located in Shanghai, China’s financial hub, Fudan University is one of the oldest and established universities in the country. It was founded in 1905 as Fudan College, and was the first institution of higher education set up by Chinese intellectuals with social funding. “Fu Dan” literally translates to “heavenly light shines day after day”, symbolizing its graduates’ inexhaustible self-reliance and industriousness. The university is a member of the C9 League, as well as a member of the Universitas 21, an international consortium of leading research universities. In 2000, Fudan acquired Shanghai Medical University. FDU is best known for its social sciences, humanistic, natural sciences, engineering and management programs. It now has more than 300 research institutions, including 145 inter-disciplinary research centers. Its famous alumni include renowned Chinese linguist Chen Yinque, meteorologist Zhu Kezhen, and economist Wu Jinglian.

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Morning, y'all.

Today is orientation! Of course I woke up two hours earlier, panicking that I had overselpt -__-

I got my first case of 拉肚子, pulled stomach, meaning an hour of the most gut wrenching diarrhea you could possibly imagine. I must have contemplated all my horrible life choices twice or three times over while praying to every God I was friendly with to make it stop. 

I am much better now, thankfully. Gonna fill out a few forms while I sit around and wait.

Figured I’d post a little food since that’s been one of the hardest things to get used to.

This was dinner tonight. Some noodles (the white, uh, noodle-looking things). The square tan things are bamboo pieces. Some cabbage. Onions. Some peanuts. And then a bunch of small things that make this soup one of the single-most spiciest things I have ever tasted in my life.

I was practically weeping throughout the meal trying to eat the whole bowl. I gulped down two glasses of watermelon juice (basically the only drink they serve in the dining hall, which is surprisingly really delicious), and still had a runny nose.

But it’s sooo good. OH, and yes, there are no forks. Only chop sticks and small ladles for soup dishes. Needless to say, I have almost mastered the art of chopsticks already.

China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten “ideological” control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies.

The comments came from the Communist Party committees of Peking University, Shanghai’s Fudan University, and Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, which each wrote a statement in the Communist Party theoretical journal Qiushi.

The statement from Peking University – China’s top academic institution – condemned those with “ulterior motives” who target the ruling party.

“In recent years, some people go on the Internet and with ulterior motives add fuel to the fire… ultimately targeting the Chinese Communist Party and the socialist system,” it said.

“We need to respond to this with a cool head, guide the teachers and students to strengthen political sensitivity.”

Got the sweetest slickest most baller bike ever with a basket and a built in lock bwoi!!

I’ve never had city tires before, my bike back home is mountain, and this is just the most glorious feeling like UGH luxurious.

of course i cut my ankle on the pedals when this girl refused to acknowledge i was behind her going 20 miles an hour, so I had to skid fast and the guards laughed at me -__-

I’m okay now, just off my feet until nightfall.

The people who sold me the bike were so lovely.

Four old guys who were working there were completely captivated by my braids. One said, “Let me ask you a question, if I may. How long did that style take you? Where are you from? Have you been to China before? How long are you staying? How many of them are on your head, eighty?”

Apps I use in China (Part 1)

Before I came to China, I did a ton of research on what apps would be helpful during my time in China. I came across a few websites that gave me some which helped, but they were just not enough. When I came to China, I discovered many of these apps through friends and I highly recommend them if you plan to stay in China for a long period of time.

Must Have

微信 (Wēixìn) (WeChat) - A must if you plan to live in China. WeChat is a messaging app where you can add your friends and message them privately, group chatting, post items on your WeChat wall as well. But that’s not only it, but you can also add your Chinese bank card and with that, you can receive many discounts if you pay for things through WeChat such as movie tickets, train tickets, flight tickets, food, shopping online, and so much more. You can even go to the store and use the app QR code to pay for things if you don’t have enough cash on you. It is awesome. I sometimes tell myself, “Why does America not have this?” but then I forgot we have the iPhone Wallet which still is a new concept and not many stores in America use it so its still has its limitations.

WeChat also has software for both the PC and Mac, but in this case, you can use it to send messages to your friends such as computer documents, pictures and music files. But you need your phone beside you every time you log in (confirm your login through your phone to gain access) otherwise you won’t be able to use the app. WeChat do this for security reasons due to the bank information that is stored on your WeChat.

汉英字典 (Hànyǔ zìdiǎn) (Pleco) - Place is my number one app after WeChat. It is a must and I highly recommend for daily life. It is pretty much a dictionary that you can search in both English and Chinese for words and phrases. Pleco also has a ton of add ons such as Stoke Order and Offline Pronunciation of words to make your day to day needs much more convenient to access. But majority of them cost some $$$ but from many other friends who have bought them has said good things about them.  What I love most about Pleco is that it is completely offline so you can use this dictionary without having to be connected to Wi-fi or data service. I highly recommend everyone download this app!

I highly recommend to go in your settings under Keyboard and turn on the writing option and Chinese keyboard so you can write character with your finger or a stylus pen. And the Chinese keyboard is a must in general to get used to writing Chinese on a phone. It is another great way to practice.

Learning Chinese

字宝宝笔顺查询 (zì bǎobǎo bǐshùn cháxún) - This app saved my life. With this app, you can type in any Chinese character and it will display the correct stroke. Learning the stroke order I feel is important because it helps you learn other characters that share similar radicals and modifiers. Learning the order will save time writing. Once you learn more characters, the order becomes glued into your head and you probably don’t have to look up every character. Every time I practice writing characters, I have this app open. I highly recommend this app to people who want to learn the stoke order of Chinese Characters. Note: You have to type out the actual character in order for it to show. Typing Roman letters will not work.

百度翻译 (Bǎidù fānyì) - China’s translation app. Bǎidù itself has many apps, but I find this one quite helpful at them. Although not always so helpful because the translation is not always correct, it is useful when I receive text that is way beyond my vocabulary and a basic idea of what the message may or may not say.


优酷视频 (Yōukù shìpín) - The Youtube of China! Youku has a ton of videos to watch. You can even search in English, but your search would be rather limited. I know there are videos where the people speak English and my teacher has showed some to me in class, but I haven’t been able to find them yet. The best thing about it, pretty much every video on Youku has Chinese subtitles. I found out recently the reason they put the subtitles because China is so big and depending where the person is from may have a certain dialect. To avoid the confusion, you always will see subtitles whether the person is speaking Chinese or another language. Also if you want to watch Music videos, they have pretty much all of them ranging from YouTube ones on Vevo to Korean Kpop.

腾讯视频 (Téngxùn shìpín) - Run by QQ, this app can be used to watch movies and tv series online. What’s even great about it is if you want to save some of your data, while you are under a reliable Wi-fi network, you can download episodes and head back to the app when you have no connection. And this app is commonly used among Chinese people and I see them always watching a series on their phones while taking the subway. Neat huh? And its not only just Chinese series but also many American and European ones as well. And you can practice your chinese because all of the shows and movies placed on this app have Chinese subtitles. Unfortunately there are not any English subtitles for the Chinese ones, but a great way to practice your listening and reading skills.

爱奇艺视频 (ài qí yì shìpín) - Another app where you can watch movies and tv series. It is good to have both of them in hand because one app may not have a particular series. Also, with this app you can also download episodes to save when you are offline. But unfortunately, you can’t download them all especially if they are foreign tv shows/movies.


音乐 (Bǎidù yīnyuè) - This one Bǎidù app is particularly awesome. I can search for music to listen for non stop for free and not just Chinese music, but also Korean, Japanese, and English. You can create playlists and even download the music. This app is also available for your computer but only for PC users (Sorry Mac users).

QQMusic - Now you thought Bǎidù Music was awesome? QQMusic is just as great probably even better. There are so many kinds of music you can find on this app and you can also create playlists and watch music videos on this app. I migrate more to this app due to the wider selection when it comes to the English music. Also, QQ has software available for Mac and PC! And you can download pretty much almost anything on this app. When it comes to downloading the files, you can download different versions based upon the sound/video quality but if you want to download the HD of all, you have to be a QQ subscriber. But otherwise, another awesome app! And you can share what you are listening to people on WeChat and even post it on your WeChat wall.


中文 (Zhong Wen) - This is not a phone app, but yet a Google Chrome extension. When in use, if there is a physical text (typed out) Chinese character on any webpage, you can highlight over it to read all of the possible definitions. This doesn’t work for pictures on webpages.This is extremely helpful for me when I can’t read a character in the sentence or shopping on Taobao. One can possibly say that this method is lazy and not the best way to learn Chinese, but very helpful and gets me familiar with new characters everyday. Highly recommended app! But you need your VPN on to install it. You don’t need your VPN on for it to work. Once its installed, no need to worry about connecting to a VPN every time. 

Convert Units - Maybe not absolutely necessary for everyone, but can be useful when you come from a country (America) that uses the old metric system. Traveling to Japan and now in China, I continuously hear the phrases like 500 meters, 3.9km, 23kg..it goes on and have no idea in reality what these measurements really are so I continuously have to convert to give myself an idea of what people are talking about. This app is not absolutely necessary, but can be useful. I was unable to find a picture of the app I use on my phone. There are many apps that convert units so you can download any of them to use. 

Continue on to the second post here to learn more about the other apps. 

Stuff I Missed


YYZ: The Toronto airport is probably one of the nicest looking airports I’ve ever been to, but it’s pretty unorganized in terms of staff failure. 

Sidenote: Air Canada is decent, not as good as Continental because they have less entertainment, like movies and tv shows, but it was still good. Also you should google a picture of their first class seats, because it looks really awesome.

At the hotel… what do you see when you look at this advertisement?

If you don’t see it then I guess your mind isn’t as “in the gutter” as mine is.

Shanghai: My cousin graduated and got her PhD in neuroscience. Yeah, bamf-y.

The blue in the back with the white words says 复旦大学/Fudan University, and my uncle said it was written by Mao. Anyway, all the people wearing blue gowns, which is most of the people (not all the graduates are seated in the center), are getting their masters degree and then all the people in red and black are getting their PhD’s.

Then, these people here are the professors, and in front of them are the deans? and/or some people related to the party. Probably both, but I really don’t know.


kitty :3 :DDDD


Fudan University recalls publicity video amid plagiarism charge

Fudan University on Thursday deleted a promotional video from its website and other social media accounts amid allegations that it had plagiarized a 2014 Tokyo University publicity film.

The five-minute-long film, To My Light, had been released on Wednesday to mark the 110th anniversary of the university’s establishment.

It was later deleted and a new 12-minute-long movie was released on the university’s WeChat account on Thursday.

Speaking to The Paper, Teng Yudong, the producer of the allegedly plagiarized movie, admitted that the production team had seen Tokyo University’s film for reference purposes.

“Because the topics are similar, the production team had taken Tokyo University’s film for reference, in terms of narrative pattern and presentation techniques,” The Paper quoted Teng as saying.

He added that the script for To My Light had been adapted from a real story and some scenarios were different from the Japanese movie, and given that, the team had decided to go ahead and shoot.

Teng went on to explain that owing to the tight schedule that they faced, he didn’t report the production process and other background details to the university while submitting the video.

However, he added that he now realizes that it was a mistake not to do so and accepts full responsibility.

"As the producer, I feel remorse for the harm the video has caused to the university’s reputation, and I genuinely apologize for that,” said Teng.

To My Light features a female graduate in a flying suit walking around the campus and talking about life at Fudan University.

It resembles Tokyo University’s 2014 movie Explorer, which features a woman in a space suit, talking about how she pursued her dreams.

Apart from the theme, both the videos share uncanny similarities in terms of minor details too.

For instance, the protagonists in both the movies are seen wearing helmets throughout and taking them off at the end. Both of them pass by library shelves, dance at a party and are seen looking through a fish tank.

So far, Fudan University hasn’t released any details about an inquiry into the allegations of plagiarism. However, on social media, it appears that the verdict by netizens is rather clear.

“How could such a prestigious university not have the confidence and courage to celebrate its anniversary on its own?…schools usually expel students who plagiarize. What if a school cheats?”@sanjiaomaodaoshi005

“Is this only reference? (It is) a large proportion of reference…nearly 100%.” @jialebide_hai

“I think it really takes great courage to admit mistakes.” @zhebinhuangmaluande


Fudan University Handan Campus = the cat campus! There are so many cats running around here and most of them are tame, so I spent a lot of time stroking and watching them. The black cat in the first picture is my favorite. She comes over to me when she sees me and when I was wearing a long dress once sitting on the stairs outside my building she crawled beneath my skirt and just sat there between my feet <3 I call her 小黑 (xiao hei) which means “Little black one

Day 2

Good news: I decided to take a different route to the Guanghua tower today and found a 24 hour KFC halfway there.

Bad news: As soon as I laid eyes on it, my stomach said, listen girl, it’s not happening no way no how, and gave me the most severe stomach cramps I’ve had since arriving, meaning only one thing: diarrhea.

I have never walk runned so fast in my LIFE for that bathroom in the building. The entire time as I got closer, my eyes started to water, and I felt my knees start to give way.

Thankfully, I got there in time. 

After that horrible episode, I went upstairs to take my placement test, and it was mostly closing my eyes and playing eenie meenie miney moe with the choices. At the end of the test, the computer showed me a number, 40, so I don’t know if I got 40 right, or 40 wrong. Most likely the latter.

I made a new friend! Her name is Frederica (or Fred) and she is from Holland! She lives in the building behind me, and I hope we get placed in the same class.

I finally got some street food! I got fried chicken from a small chain place, and some fried noodles. Soooooo excited to EAT, and later, when the sun goes down, I’ll go get the bicycle.