Uncovering Shenzhen, Where Dreams Soar: SEE Freshmen Enjoy One-Day Tour of the City
On September 7th 2013, the newly-arrived SEE freshmen enjoyed a one day tour of Shenzhen led by their new teachers. While exploring their new home, the students were able to learn about one another and grow closer as well. The trip began early in the morning in front of Building H, from where the group took off wearing matching PKU t-shirts.
Their first stop was the Mangrove National Reserve. Surrounded by such lush natural beauty, the classmates began to realize the importance of the mangrove tree to the larger ecological system, as well as the significance and urgency of studying environmental science and management.
Their second stop was Shenzhen's beautiful Lotus Hill Park, where the students were able to bond as they climbed up to the mountain summit. There, the group was greeted by a mega-sized statue of reformist leader Deng Xiaoping. As the group gazed across Shenzhen from their bird's-eye vantage point, SEE teachers used this perfect opportunity to recount the city's rapid pace of development.
The last stop on the tour was Shenzhen Museum. The museum specializes in teaching patrons about Shenzhen's history, with special emphasis placed on socioeconomic reform policies and regional folk cultures. Thanks to the museum, the classmates left with a deeper understanding of Shenzhen's history starting from when the "opening up policies" were enacted 30 years ago. By the end of the day, the students had learned a great deal about Shenzhen as well as about each other.
The tour ended on a high note, though the students' lives in Shenzhen are only just beginning. It's time to reach up and seize their dreams at PKU Shenzhen Graduate School. Best wishes to the class of 2016!
Author: Yuling Zhang
Translator: Fang Yang
Editor: Emika Du