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Asia » China » Beijing » Changping November 9th 2018

Good day to you all. Another week has been and gone in a blink! Last Saturday feels like it was a very long time ago though. Tyler's Birthday was on that Saturday, but I was only told about it once he'd already left the house for the morning! I don't get told much. It was then a spontaneous trip to the cinema to watch a cheesy film I still don't know the name of. It was in English with Chinese subtitles though so that was nice. Tyler had invited some of his friends to come too, and the boy that Dom looks after is one of Tyler's best friends so Dom came to the cinema and then to the restaurant with us afterwards. The whole Birthday dinner was very fancy. A big private room in a ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping November 2nd 2018

Hello once again and welcome back to Simeon's blog. I have to admit I almost forgot that I usually write a blog post on Fridays so there was almost no blog today! Well this week has gone by pretty quickly I'd say, but then again most seem too. The adventure last weekend started when I was told on Friday morning that we'd be spending the night at a hotel. That was all the info Bella gave me! Living life on the edge out here. Anyway it turned out to be a rather fancy golfing resort outside Beijing where Butter had a business meeting which the whole family had been invited too. Amazing buffet food, I shared a suite with one of Butter's friends who spoke great English so that was nice too. Then having been at ... read more
Hotel grounds

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping October 26th 2018

Hello - it's me again. Hope you're all doing well wherever you are. Here in Beijing I've just passed the month milestone which feels pretty good! The first thing to say is that I made it to the church small group and had a great time studying the Bible with some other young people. Almost a week ago now, I cycled down and met the group for lunch and then a good Bible study session together. All the people were lovely and it was brilliant to be able to do that here! Praise the Lord for that opportunity. I'm still loving cycling around. Continually blows my mind how cheap and efficient it is - a month on a bike costs me the same as a day on the subway so it's very worth it. Plus I ... read more
Some seriously good food
Chinese painting lesson

Asia » China » Beijing » Chaoyang district October 19th 2018

Greetings again from here in Beijing, which is certainly getting colder! Week 3 has been and gone, and I feel like time in general is going by faster and faster. Almost been in China a month now! This week has definitely been a good one all round. Fairly normal I'd say with 7am starts and typically crashing just after 10pm. The biggest highlight this week was setting up a bike rental app. This was quite a saga because I needed to set up a Chinese bank account in order to set up the app properly. Did that without too much trouble, I think being a student made things a lot easier. But then I couldn't figure how they'd registered my name and realised I hadn't registered my phone number either which I needed to. I then ... read more
Bird's Nest - 2008 Olympic stadium
Olympic Forest Park

Asia » China » Beijing October 16th 2018

Today was my last full day in Beijing and it turned out to be the best one. I liked the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, but they were both very crowded and I felt as though I didn’t get to see everything because of the press of people. Today I started out in Tiananmen Square, which reportedly can hold one million people, so even though there were plenty of tour groups, it didn’t feel too crowded. Chairman Mao looks down over the scene. I was surprised to find that this is one of the few likenesses of him that I saw anywhere. My next planned stop was to the National Museum of China, located on the square, but it was closed, so I went to Plan B. I walked out of the south end of ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing October 15th 2018

I spent the day today at Beijing’s Summer Palace. This is located about an hour’s subway ride north of the Forbidden City and is where the Qing dynasty emperors retreated to get away from the heat of the summer. It was a working palace, but it also leaned heavily toward entertainment and diversion for the court. There are many buildings with different functions spread over the large grounds. Perhaps the most recognizable is the Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha (first photo). The views from up there are apparently quite good, but there was so much smog today that I could barely make out the little boats on the lake. More enjoyable to me were some of the buildings that I had read about. The Marble Boat is a party pavilion built in the shape ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing October 14th 2018

I missed sending a blog yesterday because I was too tired at the end of a long day of travel and there wasn’t a whole to say anyway. In short, I flew from Kyoto, Japan to Beijing, China. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Air China, but it turned out to be pretty nice, including large and comfy seating. My hotel is downtown and fairly near the tourist sights, so today I set out to see the Forbidden City, the palace complex of the Chinese emperors for more than 500 years. The grounds are huge and well-maintained and 16 million people visit every year. If today is any indication, the vast majority of those visitors are Chinese. (I think I only saw 25 Westerners all day today.) I took a photo of myself in front ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing October 12th 2018

Hello! I've now passed the 2 week mark, and can say that Beijing is beginning to feel a lot more like home. This has also been my first “normal” week with the family and it's gone really well! The times I spend helping the boys with their English homework are becoming more productive and enjoyable whilst play time is always good fun. At the weekend I accompanied Tyler to one of his external English classes, which was an interesting (and long!) experience. I'm consistently impressed by how much study these 2 boys aged 6 and 8 have to do although if I'm honest it does seem a bit much. Tyler won't finish his homework until gone 10 a lot of nights which is hard to justify in my mind. Chinese culture definitely values education let's say ... read more
Beijing Gate
GW group photo

Asia » China » Beijing October 5th 2018

Right. Hello! Hope you are all doing well. I have officially been in Beijing for 10 days. Wow. To be honest it feels like quite a bit more than that - probably because of all I’ve tried to pack into this week! The family left for Mongolia early on Monday morning, so I’ve had the house to myself since then, but can’t say I’ve actually spent much time there. In fact, every day this week I’ve been out exploring Beijing with the other au pairs, which has really given me a taste of what this huge city is like. The subway is super easy to use because everything is in English too, and even better - it’s really really cheap. I’m even getting the hang of the buses to and from the station which cost a ... read more
Park Temple
Small park lake

Asia » China » Beijing September 29th 2018

29th Sept: Well, a three hour flight delay meant I arrived in Beijing quite a bit later than I had intended. It didn't take me too longto get to my hostel by subway and after getting slightly lost, I managed to find it. I had stayed in this hostel 12 years ago when I first visited China, so it was a nice trip down memory lane. The hostel and the neighbourhood hadn't changed too much. After some umming and ahhing, I decided to stick to my original plan for the day, which was to visit Beihai Park. It took me about half an hour to walk to the park from where I was staying and the sun was already starting to dip as I headed on my way. The park's entrance fee was 30 RMB and ... read more
Beihai Park
Beihai Park
Beihai Park

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