My study exchange in Shanghai was for 4 months. During this time I learned a little bit of Mandarin Chinese, how to move around the city and how to survive in China.
First of all, everything is surprisingly hard when you don’t speak the language. Many Chinese people don’t know even one word of English and are not eager to even try to communicate with Western people. After few weeks of being in Shanghai and getting to know the most important words in Chinese everything got simpler.
During my free time I traveled inside China, studied the language and did some shopping. Shanghai has bigger shopping centers than you can even imagine!
Studying in China differs a lot from studying in Finland. In China teachers are really strict, schooldays are every day +10 hours long and students go to school in the morning about one hour before the first lecture to prepare themselves for the school day.
Shanghai is a city that never sleeps. There is always a traffic jam with hundreds of electric scooters chaotically going from one place to another, restaurants are open till midnight and buses are always crowded with people.
Shanghai is definitely a place everyone should visit even once!