Student Life

Living in Shanghai

January 19, 2017


Life in Shanghai is very hard to put in words, so I will mostly let the pictures speak for themselves.

My exchange experience has definitely been crazy. I learned a lot and made some unforgettable memories, met some great people and saw the world from a different perspective.

A large part of downtown Shanghai is in English called the French Concession. In the late 19th century, the French, English and American had large communities in Shanghai and also built houses according to their taste. The old French parts still have a lot of European-styled villas in the center of Shanghai and they are of course very popular today. The atmosphere in these areas are quite bizarre, because the surroundings look European but the people and all little things remind you that you are infact in China.

One of the things I will miss most when leaving Shanghai after the semester is done are the opportunities. Everyone talks about opportunities in Asia and I discovered it’s no nonsense. The opportunities available here are just not there in Finland or Europe. One day, experience or encounter could literally change the direction of your career or life.

To me, China is a place of extreme contradiction. While still being a developing country, China holds the largest number of billionaires in the world but still struggles with some of it’s people living in extreme poverty. In a city like Shanghai, this is reflected on the city and society and also affects the daily life.

A Christmas fair for organized by expats, for expats in Shanghai

It has been a very rewarding but also strange experience living on the other side of the world. If you are considering going to Shanghai for exchange or on other business, don’t hesitate to contact me for tips or advice!