Arrival in China

Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 31, 2012

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Hello everyone!

Thank you all so much for all the questions and comments you've sent, it's so nice to see you're all reading my blog!

It seems the question that most of you wanted to know is why I have such a small bag when I'm away for a whole year, so here's my answer! We have to carry everything around with us every time we move to a new country or city, so we had to pack as lightly as possible. I have 5 pairs of pants with me, about 6 shirts, 1 sweater, 1 rain jacket, 4 pairs of shoes, my toiletries (like soap and shampoo), and that's about it! Even these few things are really heavy to carry, so sometimes I wish I brought even less!

We're now in Beijing, the capital of China! We flew here really early on Saturday morning, so we had to leave our hostel in Seoul at 5 in the morning! I was so sleepy I don't like waking up early, even for something fun like a flight!

On our first day we went to Tianamen Square, which is a really, really huge square with beautiful buildings around the outside. It's a holiday in China this week and next week (a really long holiday!) so there were thousands and thousands of people there. I took some pictures to show you when I figure out how to use the computer properly here in China!

We've been eating lots of yummy food since we got here, mostly from people selling food from carts on the street. Our favourite food so far is a spicy crepe with an egg, green onions and a crispy tortilla in the middle. Delicious! The best thing is it only costs 3.5 yuan - which is about 50 cents! China is much, much cheaper than Korea! Yesterday morning for breakfast I had yummy dumplings with meat in the middle called 'baltzuh' and they only cost me 2 yuan! That's about 30 cents!! Tonight we're going out to have Peking Duck for dinner - which is Mrs Donohoe's favourite food so she'll be very jealous!

I'll put up some pictures of China for you as soon as I can, it's so pretty here! We're going to the Great Wall of China on Wednesday or Thursday so I'll have some cool pictures from there.

Have a great Monday!

From your team mate Becca in Beijing

PS for everyone who asked about korean food, I took a lot of pictures of food for you, which I'm going to put up as soon as I can work the computer!
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Quinn Butterfield on

Yummie, I love Chinese dumplings. Does everyone eat with chopsticks? How long is the wall of China?

beccadonohoe on

Everyone does eat with chopsticks! I haven't seen a single person eating with a knife and fork for almost 3 weeks now! We're getting much better at it now :)

I don't know how long the Great Wall of China is yet - but I'll make it my mission to find out for you! We're going there on Thursday. Or could find out for me! I'm sure will know how long it is. That's a challenge for you Quinn!

Mrs Donohoe on

What do you have for breakfast?

Mme Romanet on

Are there still a lot of bikes in Beijing, Becca? When I was there years ago there were so many bikes. We even had a man cross the airport runway on a bike while we were landing in a plane. Make sure to post a photo of you on the Great Wall!

beccadonohoe on

Good question! For breakfast we usually eat things called 'bao-dzuh' - which are like round dumplings with meat in the middle. I'll take a picture for you and put it up!

However, this morning I had something much more boring - toast with nutella! Not very Asian, but delicious!

beccadonohoe on

OK Quinn I have some information on the Great Wall for you!

The length of the wall is 8,851 km (eight thousand, eight hundred and fifty one kilometers!). It stretches all the way across China from Shanghaiguan in the east of China, to Lop Lake in the West.

The Chinese started building the wall in the 5th Century - that's more than one thousand, five hundred years ago!

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