From Shenzhen to Brisbane – An Aussie way of winter with Jerome

Over the next six weeks, we will join scholarship student Jerome. Jerome is from Brisbane's sister city, Shenzhen in China, and was the 2019 winner of a scholarship program that includes:

  • Five week's of English language tuition at ICTE
  • Six week's accommodation courtesy of Student One in the Brisbane CBD
  • One week's volunteer work experience with the International team at Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayors office.

My name is Jerome and my Chinese name is Ziyue Li. I come from Shenzhen in China and this is my first time visiting Australia. I’m going to spend the next six weeks in beautiful Brisbane, including a five week study experience at The University of Queensland's Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (ICTE). This experience is a dream come true!

When I arrived at Brisbane International Airport I was impressed that all the instructions had Chinese translations beside them. This made me feel welcomed and quite at home.

I am staying at Student One on Elizabeth Street, which is a student accommodation renowned for its amazing facilities and ideal location in the city center. When I first got here, the friendly staff helped me carry my luggage upstairs and kindly showed me around the building. Although I insisted on speaking English in order to practise, the staff explained everything in English and Chinese. I thought this was very considerate.

Exploring the city

My room is very delicate and well-furnished, with all kinds of utensils that I might need in daily life (including a fridge, kettle, and microwave). I was amazed to find that my room number is 1808. This is a fortunate number for the Chinese as 8 represents luckiness in Chinese traditional culture. I am not a superstitious guy, but my lucky room number has relieved some of my parents’ concern about me travelling abroad alone.

My accommodation on Elizabeth Street is in the city center near the Brisbane City Hall and Queen Street Mall. Nearby, King George Square is a key transportation hub of Brisbane and embraces the hustle and bustle of the city. Wandering around the city, I encountered various restaurants and stores with diverse cultural styles. I saw Chinese bubble tea stores, Korean restaurants and Australian restaurants like Betty’s Burger.

Brisbane city at night

On my first weekend, I attended the Brisbane Food Festival. This festival is one of the biggest annual events in Brisbane. My friends and I were looking forward to it all week. The festival had the best food from Australia and other countries as well.
It was a great event and an even better first week!


Last updated:
10 September 2019