NW student had an 'amazing' experience
Photo courtesy of Matthew Johnson, Matthew Johnson, 16, poses for a picture with one of his classmates near the home he stayed at for his year of schooling. The area has a combination of farms and apartment buildings directly beside each other.
Photo courtesy of Matthew Johnson, During his first independent trip to Chengdu, which is roughly twice the distance from Tucson to Phoenix, Matthew Johnson found that pandas were "a big thing," so he bought a panda hat.
Photo courtesy of Matthew Johnson, Last February, while spending his school year in China, Matthew Johnson traveled from Chongqing to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Here he is pictured in Macau, in front of the Grand Lisboa Casino.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Northwest resident Matthew Johnson, entering his senior year at Salpointe Catholic High School, spent last school year in China as a foreign exchange student.
Photo courtesy of Matthew Johnson, Matthew Johnson's Chinese family enjoys traditional hot pot. He said the meal is very spicy, flavorful and delicious.