By: Haldis Toppen, Work & Travel Cultural Outreach Coordinator

IMAG1018Back in January, Joe Burns described how he tried to dig a hole to China as a child, but to no avail. However, this past March Joe and I were able to take an airplane (a much faster route) to the land of China for a whirlwind of summer 2013 Job Fairs. Among the cities that were visited with employers: Guangzhou, Nanchang and Beijing!


Guangzhou is the 3rd largest city in China, located one hour north of Hong Kong. As a result of its southern climate, we were able to soak in the sun rays. This was a welcome diversion from Chicago weather, which was still in the thick of winter. Famous for the Pearl River, Guangzhou’s architecture and lights can take any casual tourist’s breath away.


Nanchang was the next stop on the tour. The birthplace of Chinese porcelain (better known as china), Nanchang is a “small” developing city. Small by Chinese standards, Nanchang holds 5 million people, the size of Chicago!




Then on to the capital – Beijing! While there, China’s new president was elected. The city was excited about the prospects of spring and celebrating the president’s inauguration. Beijing is quite a large city, but along with Work & Travel employers, we were able to visit the Forbidden City, Tienanmen Square and the Great Wall!


The three job fairs in each of these cities were stupendous. Chinese students have become the participants to beat in the Work & Travel program. With excellent English, fun personalities, and impeccable work ethic, we anticipate the summer 2013 Work & Travel season to be the best yet!

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