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Asia » China » Beijing » Dongcheng March 29th 2019

A few months ago, I had done a breakfast eats tour in Beijing. I had really enjoyed it, so vowed to do the evening food tour ran by the same company. It took a while to get round to it, but I eventually did. The group met by the subway station so it was easy to find. I think there were about 11 of us on the tour and we had two guides with us. The guides were lovely, super friendly and knowledgeable. It was great to hear their stories as well as the information about the food, restaurants, and China in general. We headed off into the hutongs to our first stop. Hutongs are the old traditional neighbourhoods in Beijing, but the word actually come from Mongolian, when Kublai Khan invaded China. The original word ... read more
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Rice Wine Taster Set

Asia » China » Beijing » Haidian district March 28th 2019

I used to love Cherry Blossom Season in Korea, so when a coworker told me that Beijing has lots of cherry blossoms and Yumyuantan Park, in particular, is famous for them, I knew I would have to make a visit. I had a bit of a walk from the subway station, there might be others closer. I did manage to get lost once before getting on the right track. It took me about 15 minutes to reach the park and I made my way to the ticket office. The park looked quite busy, but there was no queue at the ticket office. I got a lovely surprise when I bought the ticket as it was only 10 RMB. What a cheap day out! The ticket was also rather beautiful as it a special cherry blossom one ... read more
Yuyuantan Park
Yuyuantan Park
Yuyuantan Park

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 18th 2019

Wow. Well it's been a whirlwind of a week for sure! Definitely in a good way. Having Dad here was brilliant and it was fun to be able to be a sort of tour guide! We went to the Summer Palace on Saturday, and had a lovely meal together afterwards. Pretty much every explanation board in front of buildings there read “Burnt down in 1860 by Anglo-French forces”! Then on Sunday we visited the Lama temple before going to my Bible study group. Fun to see the massive 18m tall Buddha and all the different rooms there. Then Bible study was a great time as always and I love that Dad now has an idea of what that's like. That's kind of the feeling for all of his trip really - I'm really glad he now ... read more
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
Marble Boat at the Summer Palace

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 12th 2019

Hello again! Apologies that this update is a little later than usual - all responsibility for that goes to a certain Mr Lapworth. He’s here safe and sound! More on that in a bit. At the end of last week I had my first tai chi lesson! Another au pair found a group of old people doing it in a park and they have a proper master showing them all what to do. We just joined in! It's a lot harder than it looks - there are some difficult stances to hold and we definitely don't look as graceful as the teacher. It's amazing how he just walks around, correcting our form and showing us how to do it! Great experience. I got to have another lesson with Wendy this week which was lovely. It's been ... read more
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Bible study!
Cycling to uni

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping January 4th 2019

Happy New Year! Little late, but better late than never. Want to start by wishing you all the very best for 2019 and thanking you for reading these blogs! Your comments and messages have meant so much, and it’s been (and still is) a pleasure to share some of this adventure with you all. Going back to almost a week ago now, Saturday was yet another exercise in spontaneity - if that’s a thing! I was given about 2 minutes notice that we were leaving and as usual not told where. We eventually ended up at an old people’s home, where Robbie and his classmates were doing some singing for the residents. I was watching from the back when Bella comes up and says “Simeon, you can play piano and sing” so I was reluctantly bustled ... read more
more mongolian dinner
new year's eve venue!

Asia » China » Beijing January 3rd 2019

Beijing: 12-7-2018 China, Singapore Trung cong la mot nuoc rong lon thu 3 the gioi voi dien tich la 3,700,000 square mile va la nuoc dong dan nhat the gioi voi 1.4 Billions nguoi ma 91% la nguoi Han voi 55 minorities groups. Thu do la Beijing va thanh pho lon nhat la Shanghai. Trung binh moi nguoi dan kiem duoc la 10,000 do la. Hien tai la mot nuoc cong san duoc khai sinh nam 1949. China khoi dau la mot nuoc co nen van minh som nhat va the ky thu 3 truoc Tay Lich tao thanh ben canh song Duong Tu Yellow River. China co 22 Provinces, 5 autonomous Regions va 2 special administrative regions la Hong Kong va Macau. Khoi dau vao the ky thu 3 truoc Tay lich duoi thoi Qin ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 28th 2018

Hello everyone! I hope you've all had wonderful Christmas’ and that you'll have a great New Year too! I've had a lot of fun, but it's definitely been a weirder week for me. Wendy was ill, so we didn't have our English lesson. Hopefully she'll be better for this coming Saturday. On Sunday morning I was slightly surprised that Bella didn't want me to do any English work with the boys, rather we went outside and played with some toy guns for quite a while! Eventually it got too cold and we ran back to the warmth as fast as we could. It was nice to spend some time actually having fun with them though, because we seem to do that less and less. I cycled down to meet with the Bible study group for a ... read more
Incredible spread
Incredible spread
Some of the squad

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 21st 2018

Another Merry Christmas to you all from me and welcome back! Don't know about you but we enjoyed slightly warmer temperatures this week in Beijing. Cycling in 7 degrees is much more pleasant that in -7 I can tell you that much, although sadly I think this warm spell is to be short lived. So what happened this week? Well on Saturday I went to Tyler's friend Wendy's house for lunch, and then we had our second English lesson. Again I'm pleased to say it went really well! They're a really lovely family. They speak collectively a lot less English than my host family which meant I actually got to use some of my Chinese. It was fun realising that I can just about have a very basic conversation! I'm enjoying that Chinese grammar feels more ... read more
Lama Temple
Lama Temple
Lama Temple

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 14th 2018

Greetings once more from me, and Happy Christmas I suppose! It's certainly cold, but I can't say it's feeling particularly Christmassy here, although it's been nice to see some Christmas trees up in big shopping malls. I think the most festive I've felt so far was actually in a Starbucks! Themed coffee and Christmas music playing was a good reminder of the time of year. It's definitely going to be strange spending Christmas away from family for the first time. Mince pies and mulled wine are already being missed. This week has been and gone in a flash, but obviously things happened! Whenever someone asks me “oh and how was your week?” I tend to instantly forget everything that happened which really isn't very helpful. I'll try and remember some things for you! First off, on ... read more
Au Pair squad Christmas!
Bible study group mini birthday celebration
Trying to get into the subway Tuesday morning

Asia » China » Beijing » Changping December 7th 2018

Hello and welcome back! Another week has gone by for me in Beijing (and hopefully for you too wherever you are). I keep saying it's getting colder but that's because it really is. Today didn't get above -5° which is crazy cold. Should definitely have worn more than 2 pairs of socks cycling this morning. I don't think I really had a stereotype in my mind with regard to the climate in China before I got here - do you? Turns out winter is freezing. Cycling in this weather is seriously less attractive and I'm ashamed to admit I've taken the subway more this week. The family were away for a couple of nights which I think I mentioned last time - apparently it's warm wherever they went! Lucky them. It was nice to have the ... read more
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