This week I covered the steps one has to endure to teach in China, in keeping with that theme, I thought it was the right time to share some pictures of my home for the past four months. The university I teach at is situated in the south Wuxi, a suburb of recent development including manmade lakes, town homes and condominiums soaring to the heavens.

The classrooms are nothing to note other than I’m able to utilize multimedia equipment and teach paperless when possible, which I take full advantage of. The campus atmosphere is an alchemy of past and present, a balancing act that the entire country is currently immersed in.

On a personal level, while the campus is fairly far removed from Wuxi’s city center – a population of six million – I’ve welcomed this sedate state. Through these photographs, perhaps you will as well.

Some of my kids! I said goodbye to them on Monday. I’ll miss them!

The building where I teach. An inner courtyard so students can grab fresh air between classes.

Stone arch bridges have a place in Chinese history reaching as far back as A.D. 282, when Lurenqiao (Wayfarers’ Bridge) was the first one constructed. Here’s an example of a stone arch bridge on campus, albiet smaller, but you can form an idea.

A very modern dose of architecture –  the university library.

A nifty piece of rock art.

The mysticism of pagodas hold to this day, for its origins are interconnected to Buddhism and India. Buddhist texts stated that pagodas were built to retain the remains of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. After thousands of years of cross-cultural saturation, pagodas in China permeate daily life. On campus, I found a ting (pavillion).

Close up of stone bridge construction.

Naturally, the obligatory water lilly photo.

No high speed motorboats here.

I love the maze formation of this bridge.

A state of the art fitness facility that was built last year.

Another pretty pagoda.

I’ve personally never stood in a stadium of this magnitude.

A stupa kissing the Wuxi sky.

After scrolling through these images, I may never leave.