The Ministry of Education Hotel Beijing
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Flew with Hainan Airlines (a Chinese outfit). Seated by an emergency exit on the plane. On purpose? Had to be able to understand the instructions in Chinese or English. I could!!! So could the bloke on the other side of the aisle – he was British too. So I went all the way across Russia without meeting a single westerner, then am seated next …
Thoroughly enjoyed the great sleeping/showering arrangement, but up early as full program in my honour. Breakfast with a stressed Ming (lots of not so familiar food – buffet, so easy to find something I liked. Orientation hour with a Chinese teacher, Yan Di, from Beijing (Ming present), and after the prescribed hour, even though we were far …
... I really have to bust my gut to try and memorise the 600 characters necessary. It's tough going and at times extremely frustrating, but a really good challenge all the same and one that I'm enjoying massively. Breaking down each character into its radicals (by which I mean a small figure that may represent 'hand', 'machine' or 'water'), is extremely interesting, and it's here that the difference in word structure between European languages and Chinese really ...
... a phone to communicate with others.
I walked to get a wrap from a vendor outside my dorm. For the meat, I finally picked the fried chicken. It was so good.
I then returned to my room since it was so early before the meeting time. Outside my window, construction workers were still building the new building. It will have a gym and other things for foreign students. Sadly, it won't be operational until after my year in Beijing.
When I met up ...
gambling and maying card/board games, it felt nice!
When I finally found my way back out of the hutong I got followed buy a young
guy on a pimped tuk-tuk... he was shouting at me offering a ride to the subway
station, but as I still had time I prefered on walking... but he didn’t let me
go...pffff... I finally gave in as we agreed on – what I thought was – 2Yuan.
Jumped on the back of his tuk-tuk and off we went. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Ministry of Education Hotel Beijing
Provided by the Ministry of Education as I am on a teacher exchange program, so not chosen myself. Location is brilliant as it is right next to AFS's offices (part of the MOE), and just along from Tiananmen Square.
The staff are really helpful when I have a couple of issues. It's a bitold-fashioned decor wise, but facilities are fine, with broadband, and most importantly a good, big, hard, bed and a good, hot shower.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.