I was born in Los Angeles to Chinese parents. My two native languages are Cantonese and English. I was not satisfied with studying Mandarin in America because I wanted to get a better understanding of my own culture. I've always wanted to visit China. I applied to the IP program because it gave me an opportunity to explore my roots. I needed a better way to learn Mandarin because I hope to do business here someday.
Here is a picture I took of the Great Wall. The view is beautiful, and it was nice to look back at the scenery after climbing the stairs.
Throughout your stay in China, you will be able to visit all sorts of famous historical places with the friends you make throughout your stay. This is me with my Chinese friend Tracy at the Temple of Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is near the heart of Beijing.
During your stay in China, you will be exposed to Chinese culture. This is the Chinese version of what we would call a backyard BBQ. The food here is popular in China and really tasty.
At Peking University, you will meet and interact with Chinese students from all parts of China. I am the fellow on the right. This was taken at a Chinese hotel. Keep in mind that the sanitation standards are not up to par, so the room was a little bit dirty.
Getting around Beijing is fairly easy because public transportation is not only convenient, but also affordable. It only costs 2RMB (30 cents) to take the subway, and 1RMB (15 cents) to ride the bus. You could also take a taxi; however, once traffic jams, total distance and waiting time are all added together, it's no faster. Be warned that during rush hour the bus stops and subway stations get really crowded. I recommend getting a bike because it provides a perfect way to get around Beijing.
Be sure to visit the "must-see" destinations in Beijing. Hopefully, on your own excursions you will be able to see sites like these. This was taken at the heart of the city at the Temple of Heaven. I was lucky enough to catch the sunset.
This is my room in Beijing. I know it is a little bit messy. My apartment is on the 15th floor and has a perfect view of the city. When looking for an apartment in Beijing, be prepared to pay up to five months' rent in advance. Don't forget to inspect the place for any damages because it will be your problem if concerns are not brought up with the landlord in the first month.
Beijing is a really big city; explore and have fun! There are plenty of things to do on the weekend, and the nightlife in Beijing is incredible.
Peking University is the Harvard of China. The campus is quite beautiful during the wintertime. The campus is really big, and the scenery is just amazing.
In China you will be able to find treats like these that are works of art and really tasty.
One of the things you will do a lot in China is eat out. There are all kinds of food here in Beijing. They even have Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Papa John's Pizza and Burger King.
Your journey in China will be a fun one. Embrace the experience one step at a time.
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