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The end of a mind opening trip.

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There has been a lot to think about on this trip. As well as meeting some new lifelong friends, you cannot come on a trip like this without it changing how you view the world.I have travelled to many places in the past but in a sightseeing capacity. To see a country in a hospital and see its sick and vulnerable is to really see a country. I have learnt more about China and it's people than I ever could visiting tourist sites. We have an image in the west of China and what it is like but it's people are warm, friendly, loving of their families and welcoming of foreigners. Yes I will be glad to leave behind the squat toilets, spitting on the floor and being pushed and jostled wherever you go and even the odd unidentified object in your dinner, but I will miss the people. China is changing rapidly. It is becoming more Western and consumerism has taken over despite the government trying to slow it down. Chinese Medicine hospitals are an excellent way of treating those with less mone…

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Tips for students visiting Heilingjiang University on an exchange.

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We all were quite in the dark about what to expect when we got to Harbin so thought I'd write some tips for anyone who is planning to come on the trip in future years.
You need to apply for a Visa F - Cultural Exchange Visa online at one of the visa centres. You then have to make an appointment at one of the centres and take your passport to get the visa. You can either pick it up after a few days or get it posted to you for an extra charge. When you go you'll also need your invitation letter from the University, a photocopy of your passport, another passport photo and the fee for the visa (the take cards).
Our course ran monday to the following week thursday so flights need to get there the day before and leave the day after finishing.
The university do one pick up and one drop off so as many of you as possible need to be on the same flight from Beijing. If not you have to make your own way to the University from the airport. Takes about 50 mins and is about £20 in a taxi.
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Our fantastic translators

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We have been looked after this week by our fabulous translators Chen Xin (XinXin) Ma Xiaoqing (Juli) and Cherry. These 3 girls have volunteered to look after us for 2 weeks as part of their training to become doctors. They are wonderful girls with big hearts who have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome. The three of them will go far in their careers and will make wonderful doctors. We are so grateful to them.

Last day!

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Today was our last day on the wards with Professor Liu Gang, an extremely experienced Dr on Acupuncture ward one. He gave us a lecture on using the sinews for recovery after stroke. If the patient I'd able, he uses low frequency, high intensity electroacupuncture on pairs of sinews points combined with scalp acupuncture for recovery, particularly after stroke. The patients are have MRI, ECG's. Blood tests and are treated with a combination of western drugs, herbs and acupuncture and adjunctive therapies.

Herbal infusion

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Fire cupping

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