Oak Chateau Beijing
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... clearly aren't regarded the same way in China as they are back home.
An unexpected highlight of those first 2 days was the night market at WanFuJing. Admittedly it was a bit touristy but we managed to get some great veggie street food for next to nothing,
whilst we watched friends and passers-by take on the fried scorpions, tarantulas and other more exotic options. Though it did make us feel a little squeamish to watch ...
... my time as a Resident Assistant in university. The phrase, “going towards the difficult” was coined by one of our Resident Directors. He explained that this means there is most opportunity for growth when we do not shy away from uncomfortable or challenging situations. In the same way, BCD in China is going towards the difficult – intentionally stepping into challenging situations with the knowledge that grow and development will come and everyone will be better for ...
... Sweeping Holiday was. He explained that the Chinese name is Qingming. Mike said that Qingming to pay tribute to the dead, such as by giving flowers or gifts at the person's graveyard.
Right after lunch, we returned to the dorm. I can't use the front entrance right now because there is construction work happening on the first floor lobby. The entrance is sealed off. I did not know about the construction work until I returned to campus ...
... English speakers we had representatives of the Netherlands and Switzerland, and of course me, Martin, from Sweden. Peking duck was on the menu for the evening, and cheap Chinese beer.
One can't really claim to have visited Beijing without a tour of the Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square, so that's where we headed next morning. The splendour of the palace is impressive, with titillating and poetic names such as Hall of Supreme Harmony, Palace of Heavenly Purity and Hall of ...
... because when we landed in Beijing we walked past the luggage claim since we had been told we were retrieving our luggage in Toronto. However, we saw other white people claiming their luggage and walking around...so naturally we got pretty worried. We asked numerous desks and eventually the Air Canada desk and we were assured in broken English that was difficult to understand that our luggage would be in Toronto.
Kyle, me and Joanna all hoped so...because we had ...