My last weekend in Shenzhen


by Greg Jackson- HCE Explorer

So I’m leaving Shenzhen on Wednesday at 11am, and I’ll be saying my goodbyes beforehand, so I’ve spent this weekend and today trying to do everything that I hadn’t had the opportunity to do, as a tourist would.

The most important, and the most shocking thing I’ve experienced here is that the Chinese are far more similar to us than they are different.

I leave China, and leave you all with a few last words. First of all, I’ve had a positive experience. This really hasn’t been a vacation for me, as I’ve been hard at work teaching English to the kids day after day. I’ve been able to explore a country on the other side of the world for six weeks, and that’s pretty cool, I think. I’m preparing for the barrage of questions upon my return to the States, so I’ll take the liberty of answering the big one: What’s different about China? How does their culture contrast to ours? My answer: There really isn’t one. The most important, and the most shocking thing I’ve experienced here is that the Chinese are far more similar to us than they are different. In a book I just finished, a character states that “what drives us, what motivates us, is not what we want, but so much as what we don’t want.” As long as we’re human, I think we’ll all keep on pushing, to evade our fears, though they may be different from each other’s, we do all want what’s best for ourselves, for our families, and for our loved ones. We’re really all not so different.

I hope this blog could serve as a lens into the Eastern world, and I hope that you all take something away from the photos, or the words that I’ve typed. Thank you all for reading!

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