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Asia » China » Beijing February 26th 2006

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Asia » China » Beijing February 25th 2006

Well, we are now official Aliens of Beijing having received our 'Aliens Residence Permit' and 'Aliens Employment Permit' from the Chinese Government a few days ago. Yep, they really make you feel welcome and loved here, labelling you as Aliens. Its been just over 2 weeks, and we can confidently say that we think we really are going to like it here in Beijing. It's full of all the comforts you'd expect in a western country, except that things are one fifth of the price. Despite the language barrier, its actually not too difficult getting around - thanks to the aid of our trusty lonely planet phrase book. Through a combination of gesturing wildly, pronouncing Chinese phrases with an Australian accent and just looking plain sad and helpless, we've managed to get over most language hurdles. ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing February 24th 2006

A few of our Beijing photos until i get time to write this properly...... read more
Me and Mao
Throne hall
In case youve forgotten what I look like!

Asia » China » Beijing February 23rd 2006

Beijing - 19.02.06 It is my last day in China today and it is with mixed emotions that I leave the place I have called home for the last five months. It is definitely sad and strange to be leaving, especially as we have so little travelling time left now. It seems fitting that we end our Chinese adventures in Beijing; the nations capital and our host for the past 10 days. Beijing has been fun, it has alot to offer visitors and seems to be somewhere where it would be possible to spend some real time. It's been busy as we've had a lot to get through. We first visited the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square and then we moved on to the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, Dongyue temple and of course the ... read more
Family day out at the wall..
The path ahead
Snaking into the distance

Asia » China » Beijing February 23rd 2006

The last couple of days have been really great. I've been waking up in the morning to bike in, which is so much more fun that I'd imagined it would be. When we start biking it's still dawn, and the noises of the city are all kind of muffled. The traffic is busy, but routine is quite peaceful. I take the elevator down to the basement where my host girls and I pick up our bikes. I walk behind them as we go up the ramp to the sidewalk. I'm still half asleep. Knowing that within seconds I will be wide awake again and speeding down the pedestrian walk behind our appartment, I listen to the slow, rhythmic clicking noises of the bicycle; I'll soon be among the masses of cyclists, and crazy Beijing drivers, and ... read more
To get a better sense of my appartment...
Dining room
Dining room

Asia » China » Beijing February 22nd 2006

Hello everyone in blog-land, Today's entry will deal with our first few days at school. But first... I can't believe I forgot to include the greatest picture from my trip to Jingshan park. I was standing at the gate when I noticed this elderly Chinese man walking by. Then I saw it...he was wearing a beaten-up Yankees hat. I had to have a picture with him. So...I yelled out "I need a picture with that guy!" I ran over to him as he walked by me, pointed to his hat, and then to my camera. Long story short...I got my favourite picture of China to date...old Chinese man with Yankees hat, and me wearing my Red Sox hat. Yellen has taken the baseball rivalry global! *** *** *** *** So this week has included the start ... read more
Morning Exercises!
Morning Exercises!
Student Speech

Asia » China » Beijing February 20th 2006

This has been one of the longest, most busy days yet. I'm not even sure where to start. It was my first day of school today. I woke up at 6:10, put on my sparkling new uniform, ate a quick breakfast (egg sandwich, soup, and boiled milk w/ sugar), and headed out the door. My host dad drove us to school. The one rule that has been stressed, and repeated, and seems to be the most important at Jing Shan High School is that one shouldn't be late. With this in consideration, I was slightly nervous as my twin sisters and I approached the school gates exactly four minutes after school was supposed to begin. No one had ever told me the consequences of being late; I was left to use my own imagination here. My ... read more
Nicole giving me a look
wo jia
Fruit

Asia » China » Beijing February 19th 2006

Hello all again from the Middle Kingdom, When we last left our hero, I was displaying my Chinese skill to the faculty of the Jingshan school. Well, tomorrow I have to do it again. This time in front of the students. Hmmm....well...I've chosen once again to read off a card on this one. I'll let you know how it turns out. On to some fascinating sites around Beijing. Yesterday was spent at the Forbidden City. A little history here to put it in context. The Forbidden City was the home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The last two dynasties of Imperial China. The last emperor of China was named Pu Yi. Only 3 when he ascended to the throne, he was forced to abdicate the throne at age 6...thus ending China's long ... read more
Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Asia » China » Beijing February 19th 2006

well, it has been an interesting few days here in beijing. there have been many new experiences and i've had a lot of fun. I've been nervous at times and excited at others. Turns out they do celebrate Valentine's Day here, so the conversational candy hearts I brought were not that novel of an idea. Too bad. They liked them anyway. There were tons of people walking around the street trying to sell roses on the main street of my neighborhood. Also, there was a huge line outside Pizza Hut at night. (I think that's where people go for a romantic dinner here.) Wednesday we got our bikes at school. I'm super excited about that. The school actually bought us all new bikes, a first, so we have to be really careful not to break or ... read more
"community service group"
gladys and my host girl doing karaoke
family at the park

Asia » China » Beijing February 18th 2006

Hi all! Life in Beijing is going well, and I'm glad to finally be posting again! The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy. It's been way too long since I've posted, and too much has happened for me to write it all down. I should probably start where I left off, which was on my group's 3 day excursion that happened a week or two ago (honestly, I've totally lost track of all time, here). The trip to Xi'an was great. I don't want to sound too touristy here, but my favorite part was definately visiting the terracotta warriors. After seeing tons of pictures of them, in textbooks, and brochures, and posters, I didn't expect seeing the real thing to be as exciting as it was. I took about thirty thousand pictures. I also ... read more
Piano
Here's the view from my window
Apartment




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