Ctripper: Zaijian, China

by Intern Diaries
Posted: August 10th, 2010 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
Ctrip Ctripper posts come to us directly from the good folks at Ctrip, China's top online travel agency (and proud sponsor of ChinaTravel.net). Stay tuned for Ctrip special offers, travel tips, news on new travel deals, tours and activities, and slices of life-in-China from Ctrip staff and interns. Alex bids farewell to Ctrip, pondering over the many moments that defined his adventure here in Shanghai.... >>> As the countdown begins until my return back to IU for my last hoorah, aka senior year, I have already started to reminisce about the amazing time I had this summer in Shanghai. There was never a dull moment, a beer (although not always cold) was always available, and I'm walking away with photos galore and memories to last a lifetime. Here are a few of the things I am going to miss the most ...

- 1.5 RMB ice creams on a 44 °C (111 °F) summer day

- Kelly, the coolest dog (literally) on Kanding Lu

- The feeling of taking out a handful of hundreds at the ATM … (even if it only adds up to about US$100)

- Bargaining for a t-shirt from 250 RMB down to 25 RMB

- Getting a smile, laugh or wave from every little kid I see

- Being able to say "Niiiiiii haaaaaaooooo" to everyone I encounter without feeling stupid (Editors note: Really?)

- The plethora of clubs/bars Shanghai has to offer

- Being comic relief for everyone on the subway after a long day at work

- Chinglish signs, such as “Speaking Cellphone is Strictly Prohibited When ThunderStorm”

- Realizing speaking won’t get me what I want, and resorting to a game of “Life Charades”

- Getting a couple drinks and 6-7 dishes to share between 4 people for only US$20

- Spending hours in the fake market and walking out with hundreds of RMB worth of bags when my only intention was to “browse”

- Using my very limited, but quite useful, Chinese vocabulary of: "ting bu dong", "bu yao", "duo xiao shao qian?", "yi dian", "mei you", and a few more. (Editor's note: For those who don't speak Chinese, Alex has learned how to say: I don't understand, I don't want, how much?, a little, and I don't have)

- Yacht’s Hotel, and our 17°C rooms

- Will’s Gym and the Chinese workout crew we became so familiar with.

- Working at Ctrip and making a valuable contribution to the company

- Building relationships with the convenience store women at work and at our hotel

- The friends, work experience and memories I’ll never forget

Zai Jian China, Alex
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