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Shuoyang Ding

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When I'm not working, I'm an avid traveler, a photographer, a foreign language enthusiast, an amateur piano player, a choral bass singer, and a fan of classical music.

Before moving to the States, I've toured most of the parts in my home country. Some of my favorite places are Sayram Lake, Kanas Lake, Mount Chomolungma, Dartsendo, Yuanyang, Bamei, Arxan, Ujimqin Banners. As for my favorite city, I would like to go beyond China and choose Edinburgh.

As much as I agree that digital photography produces superior pictures nowadays, I do have an unparalleled amount of fun shooting B&W films with my almost 60-year-old Leica M2. My favorite film is Ilford HP5+.

I speak Mandarin (Beijing & northeastern dialect), English and am working on my German. I enjoy learning foreign languages just as traveling to new countries.

I like the pieces of Beethoven and Schubert. I also have a preference for the works of Russian musicians (especially Rachmaninoff and Scriabin) as well. Here is my favorite pianist and violinist.

I go to the concerts of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra regularly, thanks to their generous student subscription program.

I was the piano accompaniment and bass singer of Student Philharmonic Chorus, BUPT, where I also served as the administrator through 2011 and 2012. Mainly due to this experience, I'm a fan of National Taiwan University Chorus and Shanghai Rainbow Chamber Singers.

My favorite author is Yang Jiang (楊绛). I also admire Ch'ien Mu's (錢穆) discussion on Chinese philosophy and history.

I started to play tennis since the COVID pandemic. I play left-handed, two-handed backhand with a Wilson Ultra Power 105 racket.

If you reached this far because of procrastination, I strongly urge you to do the following (in descending order) if you want to keep procrastinating, or procrastinate in the future: