Something fishy going on? I hope so for the 60 yuan entrance fee!…. Intern China Underwater world trip!
During the long break of Chinese new year I awoke one morning to the sound of the seagulls and knew it was time to go to the Underwater world with our great bunch of interns! Actually I was woken up by stupid fireworks but that’s not as fitting.
Now we fast forward through the next part of meeting and getting a bus to the attraction.
Luckily the tickets were pretty much half price due to Chinese new year but I was still expecting a lot for my 60 kuai..
Upon entering, first I think was the test tube exhibition room where everything looked like that scene from Alien resurrection (spoiler alert!)…. Just see for yourself!
The one on the left is underwater world.
Then we moved onto the polar animal room, which was a taxidermists paradise. Quite cool to see these types of animals up close in person, I may have gotten a little too close to some…
We then moved onto the whale house! Some of the group were trembling in anticipation to see this great spectacle under one roof! Bustling with excitement we entered…. To be greeted by a possibly fake arrangement of bones to look loosely like a large whale, there could have been other things in the room but we were so deflated we just moved on to see something actually swimming.
Pausing for a moment to take a great group picture.
In true Chinese style, the first thing living which we saw was a Bastard fish… no seriously, im not just upset about the whale still, it actually was a Bastard fish –
After an array of other sealife we came to the main event… the underwater tunnel!
This is a tunnel, underwater! Led through by slow moving conveyor, we gazed at all of the cool fishies including sharks, huge rays and naturally… turtles in lucky jackets!
I must admit.. this part of the tour was worth the entrance fee alone.
The next part we got to see the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium –
The final part of the trip was in the fresh water area, where we saw, crocodiles, jellyfish etc. Everything was all good and in order here.
When we left the building I had seen so many fish that I couldn’t wait to get home and have a big fish supper… so I blame myself that we hadn’t noticed that there was 2 other areas to Underwater world where we could have gone with our ticket. Sorry guys… the next trip to underwater world will be three times as long…
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Hello, I’m Balthasar Liu and I’m a newly-graduated student from college of foreign languages, University-Qingdao. I am major in intercultural German study, and have spent half a year in Bayreuth, Bavaria as exchange-student, where I became a rather good cook (courtesy of studying abroad). Once I made pizza (from dough kneading to baking) for my classmates there, and two whole pizza disappeared in less than 5 minutes.I was supposed to(and of course would gladly) continue my study next year in Jena or Nurnberg, Germany, which means I have a nice and long vacation till then. But who would spend such precious time just sitting at home doing nothing meaningful? Not for me! So I decide to experience the life that normal salarymen have: working from 9am-5pm and making money for housekeeping.
My first “job” was in a marine manufacturing company doing some translating and making contact with foreign clients. It’s quite a long way from where I live to where I work, I need to wake up at 6:30 am everyday for the time spent on road was about one hour. The work was rather interesting but I couldn’t learn more other than yachts and boats. Then one of my mother’s associate recommended me going to Internchina, said it could greatly improve my communication competence. And now, here I am, in Internchina, and I must say, it feels great!!! I can find almost everything I once dreamt of from work: free and relaxed office-atmosphere, kind colleagues and considerate boss. My daily work is to help the foreign students who come to China find accommodation such as homestay family or apartment, provide necessary help if anything goes wrong and offer them internship opportunities. I study intercultural communication in university so this is the best place for me to do what I’m taught for. When I was alone in Germany I can find many cultural shocks and stereotypes locals hold for us Chinese, and I’m sure same could happen here. And it will be my job to prevent cultural shock turning into misunderstanding. Feels like a lot of responsibilities and I’m ready for it!