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... Jason Yin. He said he is "real Chinese" - born and raised in Beijing - but he uses Jason for us. There were 17 people on our plane on this tour. Another 11 were to arrive from New York later in the night - 28 people total in our tour group. We were debriefed and then took the tour bus to our hotel. The ride from the airport to the hotel was interesting and beautiful. I will remark more about Beijing tomorrow. So far, so good! I am all smiles. ...
... from the plane - it is a long way!! Very clean and the toilets in excellent condition. You have to put the used toilet paper in bins next to the toilet. And no sign of squat toilets. We found our APT guide, not easy as the throng of thousands and thousands of people waiting for arrivals made you feel that you were on the red carpet. Everyone was yelling and waving excitedly, it was a very happy sound! Our drive to the hotel was exhilaratingly dangerous! In between ...
... about school," "No shame.''
"ni shi er bai wu (jokingly saying 'you are stupid')" I said.
"ting bu dong (I don't understand)." Mike laughed.
"wo zhi dao ni shuo zhong wen (I know you speak Chinese)." I snapped
"ting bu dong!" Mike joked.
"ni bu hao xue sheng (you aren't a good student)." I said.
Mike kept saying, "ting bu dong." Then, he finally left the room to go to class.
I walked to the library ...
... John went near the front of any transport for the rest of the week!!! It's like being on a Rollacoaster!!! We pulled up at our hotel and we hadn't even got our bags and Jan was there with her arms around Stu smothering him in motherly kisses (haha!) Paul came out 5 minutes later with a handshake & a tap on the back!!
The next day we were meeting our tour guide and fellow travellers for a peking duck welcome dinner. Our tour guide was Niko then ...
... activities--some of the students are checking out the Silk Market, Summer Palace, and a handful of us may be heading to the hot springs! (A full report on all my adventures to follow soon.)
Living on campus is convenient, much more so than living in Wudaokou and commuting to class. Still, there are pros and cons. Right now I am living in the on-campus student dorms with other people from the CSI program. In many ways, ...