This week I finally visited the main campus of Xi'an Jiaotong University. Even though I have been visiting here for three years, I have never been to the main campus before. It's about 30 minutes by car from our campus, east of Xi'an city centre. Maybe 40 minutes walk. Tianyi says it's a good location as it's close to the centre, but not too close as if there's too many distractions, then the students wont study. She also narrates at the museum sometimes, so we got a guided tour of the history of the University. The Jiaotong universities originated in Shanghai over a 100 years ago and were only moved to Xi'an after the war, as China was worried about young people in Shanghai - as there was civil unrest in Taiwan etc. They wanted young people to have a safe place to study. Another reason to move was that the Shaanxi province was poor and neede educated people to boost its economy. It was a tough decision to move some of the university to XI'an for the staff - as some moved entire families, but had to leave their friends behind. Sometimes for life, as there was no ways of affording travels in between cities back then. They however brought modern Shanghai clothes and culture with them so the area modernised a lot because of the university move.
Overall I think this campus is beautiful and rich and certainly bigger than our own in the South. Ours has two faculties, the School of Finance and Economics where I work and the School of Medicine. The whole university has total of eight, six of which are in the main campus. The university has engineering tradition, so there's much more boys than girls in the university. One girl towards 6 boys.
I got to visit the new cafeteria which offers pretty much any Chinese food for 1 euro... They are so lucky. Some Japanese and Korean too. Overall a nice day and blue skies. You would not think we were in China, right?