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More Than Just An Internship – What We Do In Zhuhai !

InternChina – More than just an internship!

You all know our slogan, but what does it really means and implies for you? Weekly dinners, activities and 24/7 support are part of the answer !

I’ve been interning at InternChina for almost 2 months now, so I’ll make things more clear for you !

Not only you’ll have the chance to experience China and its business environment during your programme here, but you’ll be able to experience numerous and unique things in Zhuhai. Our InternChina team organise dinners and activities every week for your well being and entertainment ! Also it enables us to know you on a deeper level, know your preferences, make your stay in this new country as comfortable as possible and give you the opportunity to meet lovely people from all other the world ! If you wish to travel, we have a lot of amazing destinations we can help you visit that aren’t too far from Zhuhai.

Organizing dinners, activities and trips for our participants is part of my job as a  Zhuhai office intern.

Read this blog and you’ll know what you can expect from our team, what you can do and explore in the city. By the end of it, you’ll feel like a Zhuhai local.

Of course if you have any suggestions of activities or trips around Zhuhai, let one of our InternChina team know about it ! We’ll do our best to fulfill your wishes !

Food

Every week we organise one of our famous “Thursday Dinners.”

This is a social event, to share a group meal, discover new Asian cuisine and talk about our week! We understand that you are students, so don’t worry- we try to make these dinners affordable! Usually, we try to avoid expensive restaurants, but they are always tasty. We usually stick to a budget of 50RMB per person, and sometimes this is even less.

How do we organise these dinners? Usually we make a post on our official Zhuhai InternChina WeChat account, or we post in our IC Zhuhai group chat.

We’ll give you some more details about the restaurant, the cuisine, the food, the time and the location of the dinner. If you’re interested in coming along, then simply join the dinner group by scanning the QR code provided! This helps us know how many people want to come along, so we can book a table accordingly. During the summer, we can have more than 30 people for dinner!

This is our job to organise this, all you need to do is scan the QR code and join! Couldn’t be easier !

Activities

After a week hard work during your internship, we know that you’ll totally want to enjoy some fun activities and trips during the weekend. With all the possibilities that the city offers, you’ll never get bored in Zhuhai. IC also organize a lot of activities and trips around Zhuhai as we know that exploring China and its culture elsewhere than Zhuhai is a must.

We try to organise a new activity every weekend, and just like the dinners, we try to make sure these activities are all affordable so you can take part in as much as you can.

What has Zhuhai to offer ? There are lots of fun tourist activities,such as the Lover’s Road, the Fisher girl, Jida Beach, the Chimelong aquarium, the Opera, the Gongbei underground market and the numerous temples. We also want to make sure you see the natural beauty in Zhuhai! Outdoor activities such as exploring Zhuhai’s islands, hiking to a waterfall, archery, paint-balling are always popular, especially during the summer.

We also want you to learn about the Chinese culture while you are here, so we organise cultural activities such as calligraphy classes, Chinese cooking lessons, tea ceremonies, or even Tai Chi lessons!

Following seasons, you may also get to attend the Cixi Festival in August, or some opening ceremonies!

You will definitely never be bored, with plenty of activities available for you to explore the city, have fun, and network!

Trips

We also try to organise some weekend trips for you to discover other cities in China.

Recently, we organised a weekend trip to Tangkou- listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites ! In the past we have also organised trips to Beijing, Hezhou, Shanghai, and Yangshuo… the possibilities are endless!

For any weekend trips we organise, we will provide you with a detailed schedule so you can make the most of your time in each city! We will also let you know how much each trip will cost, and this will include your transport, accommodation and activities for the weekend. It will cost more than a regular Saturday Event, but it is definitely worth going and exploring more of China!

Support

Our IC team offers 24/7 support while you are on place, and we are here at every stage of your stay in China – before, during and after !

Upon your arrival, we will pick you up from the airport or ferry port and take you to your accommodation (apartment or a homestay). We’ll also provide you with an orientation to help you understand Chinese culture, and give you some advices about life in Zhuhai.

Your welcome pack will be awaiting you ! It includes a SIM card, travel card, map of the city, and address card and some InternChina goodies! Everything you need to have for your for your debut in China.

Whenever you need us, don’t hesitate to let us know, we’d be happy to help!

Our team on place is also always here to support you! We’ll always have a lot of advices and information to share with you. Moreover, if you feel sick, we will accompany you to the hospital! If you have any other issues, we are here to help if we can!

InternChina’s Favourite Places 

When you are new to Zhuhai, and don’t know where to go or what to see, we’re here to propose you some places to go to! Below is a list of our favourite places- you can even impress your colleagues with your Zhuhai knowledge and invite them along!

HuoGongDian 伙工殿 –  Try some Hunan food from the North of China ! The Hong Shao Rou (红烧肉) is supposedly Chairman Mao’s favourite dish. This place is a crowd favourite, the food is awesome. Address: 珠海市香洲区石花西路62号(近白莲洞公园) or get off the bus at 伙工殿大厦 (huo gong dian da sha).

The London Lounge – Very popular bar amongst expats. Their Chinese as well as Western staff are always ready to crack a joke and also the Open-Mic sessions every second Thursday are worth checking out! Location: East Coast, Jida

FBB Fresh Burger Bar – A German bar and restaurant located in Jida. Here you can get many Western (especially German) food and drinks ! There’s a wide range of german beer available ! Get off the bus at  水湾头”Shuǐ wān tóu” or just say it to the taxi driver !

GongBei Underground Market – For all of the shopaholics, there is an underground market in 拱北 (Gongbei) where you can get all your branded designer wear for suspiciously cheap prices, as well as a handful of more western companies (H&M, Vera Moda, Only, etc.) in the shopping malls.

I hope these details and pictures convinced you that InternChina has so much more than just an internship to offer you! You’ll never feel alone, and this experience will be unforgettable!

The easiest way to join us is to apply now!

Cultural, Travel

Culture Week in Shanghai and Beijing

Hey everyone,
my name is Lisa and I started an Internship with InternChina this week. I’m here with a group of 37 German students from “Hochscule Fresenius” in Germany, but we are all from different Campuses. InternChina offered us a special program, which is slightly different from any other. On the 17th of July until the 22nd of July we had a culture trip to Shanghai and Beijing. After that we flew to Qingdao where we firstly had 3 weeks University and the following 4 weeks we are going to have our internships at different companies.

In the last few weeks we constantly get asked which city we would recommend as the best: Shanghai or Beijing. Actually there is no answer! Both of them are special in their own way, you have to find it out for yourself!But I can report what we liked most about both of them: We arrived at the 17th of July in Shanghai; Jamie, Leo, Ben and Joyce from InternChina were picking us up from the airport. Everyone was tired but excited at the same time. After the check-in at the hotel we went to have our first Chinese roundtable dinner, and the idea of the roundtable is that you order different dishes for the table and everyone shares.

InternChina – Pearl Tower

One of our highlights in Shanghai – except the fact that one of us had to buy panda shoes on a street market, because his were stolen – was the Pearl Tower. There was this huge platform around the tower build up in the sky with glass, so on one hand you can have a wide view all over Shanghai and on the other hand you can look right underneath yourself and see how damn high it is!

InternChina – Pearl Tower Plattform

One thing I would definitely recommend is the boat trip. It was a nice way to travel and we got to see loads of nice buildings. Having time to relax and enjoy the wind blowing in our faces was just what we needed. The day passed us so quickly, that we didn’t even realize that it was time for dinner again. Because we just had 3 days in Shanghai everything had to be well organized; Intern China did a pretty good job on that. In the evenings we did activities like massage, acrobatic show or parties. Most impressing was the Acrobatic show; this is pretty unique in Shanghai. The acrobats showed Diablo, unicycle, summersault and different kinds of contorted movements.

InternChina – Skyline at Night

Although it may have been very different from Shanghai, Beijing did not disappoint us in the slightest. As we all know, Beijing is more historical than Shanghai, so there were many tourists. First stop was the TiananMen Square, a huge square with 1000 tourists on it. It was extremely hot and I think we all came closer to the Chinese culture, especially with seeing Chinese guys lifting up their shirts and showing us their tummies. “This is a place which has been seen by every important Business man or politician!” That’s what our Business teacher told us later in Qingdao when we were talking about the Great Wall.

InternChina – Great Wall

Sadly it was a rainy Day when we arrived there, but nevertheless we had a good time. A very special place in Beijing was the ‘Snack-street’ where some of us tried scorpion, snake and sea horse. As a special Chinese experience, some took part at tea tasting. They showed different types of tea and their conditioning. Afterwards we were allowed to try the taste of the tea. Even Marcel´s Birthday Party was traditionally Chinese. We started with street barbeque and ended up with a Birthday-Cake-fight. This night was our first real ‘jietou shaokao’ (街頭燒烤) and everyone enjoyed it.

InternChina – Street BBQ

Reconsidering the question from the beginning I can say we did a lot in these few days. Our program was tough, but manageable. We saw a lot, we ate a lot and there was still some time to check out some party locations.

Qingdao InternChina Events, Things To Do in Qingdao

Hiking trip to Laoshan

Last Saturday we went to Laoshan for some hiking. Laoshan means ‘mountain lao’ and it is located in the east of Qingdao.

InternChina – Hiking

Our Group was guided by Mu & Richard, two ‘Qingdaorens’ who love hiking. Although they are professional guides, they have never been in charge of such a big group of foreigners. We met at 7:45h next to Hisense Plaza where the bus collected us. After 40 minutes, we arrived at the bottom of Laoshan.

It took us nearly 3 hours walking, climbing and abseiling to get to our picnic area where we ordered ‘di san xian’ (地三鲜) and ‘ji’ (鸡). In fact, we didn’t know that this ‘ji’ (chicken) was still alive at the time. But it wasn’t our only weird experience with animals that day. Some of us found snakes in big glasses which were filled with alcohol. The owner of this restaurant told us that this special snake-alcohol would make a man stronger and macho, so some of us drunk it – but sadly didn´t feel any difference!

Right next to the little picnic area was a lovely lake where we all went swimming. The water was fresh and crystal clear. After this nice stop, we were ready to go all the way back. The way down as expected, was much easier than the way up. We also had more time to admire the amazing view.

We all enjoyed the trip, had a great time and are looking forward to the next one,which is likely to be to the Huangdao beach.