Exploring China: How did you travel around China without speaking a word of Chinese?

2019-11-06T11:09:29+00:00

The first questions my friends ask when I tell them about how I spent my summer in China as a participant of the Shanghai Summer School and traveling around China are often not about what I saw and did, but “How did you travel around China without speaking a word of Mandarin? Is it even possible?”, followed by a comment along the lines of how extraordinary and brave I was to attempt to do so. Well yes, and thank you for thinking so highly of my folks, but here’s the truth – it’s no big deal, anyone can do it. Okay [...]