As a student, Roman Kierst initially wanted to go to the USA. On his way to an interview for a student exchange program in the States, he saw a poster advertising a short exchange program to China. “That kind of appealed to me – and it was really cheap,” he recalls. At home, he told his stunned mother that he absolutely had to go to China now. And that’s how it all began: At 16, Kierst spent a month in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.
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