Kevin Gao
Kevin Gao
China 2017
My parents always said we were from the land of the Dragons and we will never be far from it. Time has changed and now this is my journey back to China, the Land of Dragons, where everything started for my family. Read More About Kevin →

Corn skyscrapers and Pig brains: Hello Zhengzhou!

After a long week of work there is nothing better than traveling and exploring the vast land of China! One of the top places to see on my list is Zhengzhou. Zhengzhou is a place not so known for its beauty or culture, but it is a place that is special to me because it has some of the best people there. Two semesters ago, there were exchange students to Belmont from Zhengzhou University. After bonding for a semester, I vowed to visit them in their town!

Zhengzhou has a Nashville feel to it. A mid sized city with a very distinct atmosphere. Walking through Zhengzhou University felt like walking in Belmont (Except ZZU is soooo much bigger) there is even a bell tower at ZZU!

Zhengzhou is highly recommended for anyone traveling to Henan province of China. Zhengzhou is diverse and has some very interesting attractions! One of the most famous buildings looks like an ear of corn! It looks like a roasted corn when the lights turn on at night. For me Zhengzhou is always unforgettable. Of course there is the memories of reuniting with close friends, but also because I had some of the weirdest things I have ever had in my life! To name a few: Pig brains, Cow stomach, Duck blood, mountain yam juice, and others. Yum!

Thank you for the hospitality from my friends in Zhengzhou. It is a fantastic city and I even consider it a hidden gem in China.


Reunited with Ivy, Verona, Estelle, and Olivia! These exchange students loved Belmont and Nashville, and they also wanted me to have the same experience in Zhengzhou! Most of the time we just 吃吃吃 (eat eat eat). This is us eating Hot Pot, a most have in China. (Like Chinese fondue) This is also where we had Duck blood and other weird stuff...


Walking through ZZU Campus (second biggest college campus in China; over 100,000 students) felt like being in Belmont again. Seeing nice views, walking with friends, and even a warm welcome from a bell tower!


These are two of the most famous buildings in Zhengzhou. The one on the right is dubbed the Giant Corn!

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