When I first heard we were going to Suzhou and not Shanghai for my university exchange programme I was a little bummed-out, because I’d never heard of the place.

Now I’m glad that we came here instead. Suzhou feels like a huge modern garden to me, with lots of trees and high rise buildings. It’s very safe and the people here tend to be honest and friendly.

The cost of living is far lower than in Shanghai, though I still go there sometimes on the weekend (it only takes about half an hour by bullet train).

I’ve got an Alipay account so I can pay for everything with my mobile phone. Today I’m going to download a food delivery app. Everything is so convenient here in China.