IMBA Study Abroad: Fourth week in China!

This week we had a little adventure: We had our hair cut in China! Gasp! We were worried for no reason at all. The salons in China are very nice, and the hairdressers are funny and polite. Our haircuts turned out great, although I must warn you that the blow-drying is definitely sub-par, just in case you go to China and decide to get your hair styled! My hair was still damp and shapeless when the stylist put the blow dryer away and declared that I was ready. I asked him to dry it and style it a bit more, and he did . . . but only the hair that frames my face! It was funny. I figure it has something to do with conserving electricity. People don’t use clothes dryers either, since they are not used to them and the dryers consume enormous amounts of electricity. Everyone air-dries their laundry, including us at the dorms!
Haircut in China!
Haircut in China!

We also decided to take a trip to Hainan, an island in the south that is referred to as the Hawaii of China. We went to several travel agencies to ask for ticket prices, and in one of them they had a giant world map which very accurately depicted the hilarious “Florida Expansion” phenomenon:

Apparently Florida has merged with all the Caribbean islands!
Apparently Florida has merged with all the Caribbean islands!

Later in the week we ventured to yet another famous, and very cheap, market, Jimo. It is indoors, unlike Taidong, and very large. It is about five stories tall (some underground) and much like a maze.

Jimo marketplace
Jimo marketplace

Every time you turn there is a hallway or a nook of stores . . . it seems endless! We found a lot of great souvenirs and clothes there, even real Qingdao pearls for great prices! This place is highly recommended. Be prepared for a slew of nonstop “Hello!” and “Come, look-a look-a!” from the friendly salespeople.

Jimo marketplace
Jimo marketplace

We also went to the movie theater in the top floor of a large department store called Mykal. Since we had some time before the movie, Transformers 2, began, we went to a tea house next door. While looking at the menu we found another funny translation:

Be hit by a fruit dish! Only 20 kuai!
Be hit by a fruit dish! Only 20 kuai!
Tickets to see Transformers 2!
Tickets to see Transformers 2!

We didn’t “get hit by a fruit dish” but we shared a pot of lovely chrysanthemum tea. After the movie we went to dinner at a place called HBR Music Kitchen. The food is phenomenal, as is the service, and there is a person playing the piano near the tables.

Amazing food and music at HBR Music Kitchen
Amazing food and music at HBR Music Kitchen

Then on Friday, at long last, my 25th birthday!!! We returned to Pho 08, the delicious Vietnamese restaurant, for dinner. Then we went to sing karaoke. Karaoke in China is no ordinary karaoke night at a bar…it is a BIG deal. Here, there are places called KTVs, freestanding buildings dedicated solely to karaoke (and there are as many of them as Starbucks in the US). They have private rooms where you don’t have to wait for other people to sing, it’s just you and your friends! There are servers, bars, and they have as many songs in English as they do in Chinese. It’s a fantastic experience. After that, we went to Le Bang and Corner Jazz Club, two dance clubs we frequent and love. We danced until well after the sun was up…it was a great birthday celebration!

My birthday dinner at Pho 08
My birthday dinner at Pho 08
Happy 25th birthday to me! :-)
Happy 25th birthday to me! 🙂
Birthday karaoke
Birthday karaoke
Birthday dancing!
Birthday dancing!

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@Jeffrey – This is great news and indeed calls for a round. Given the job losses with the pandemic and increased focus on enhancing skills and remote learning, online MBA is the best investment from ROI standpoint for 2021… Go Panthers !!

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