I took a walk around Beijing today and this is what the sky looked like on my way back to my dorm. It was the perfect end to an amazing summer.
The summer program is officially over and now I will be starting fall semester at Beijing University in about a week. Everyone from Mount Holyoke that was here left and I am staying in a hotel on the BLCU campus for the time being. I had a lot of fun this summer but I am excited to be starting something new and making new friends. Also, the area around Beijing University is more fitting to my personality since its closer to the edge of the city and there are more park-like areas. But nevertheless, my time at BLCU has been great and I feel like I have learned a lot. Not only has my Chinese improved, but I am confident in this new country and able to handle living in Beijing by myself now. I can go eat at restaurants, order food, use all forms of public transportation, bargain for lower prices with vendors at markets, and I know exactly where to find my favorite bubble teas.
I can’t wait to find out what new adventures the next program will bring.
This is some food at this small Korean place I usually eat at. This is some kind of beef and kimchi stew.
The view at the Summer Palace - absolutely stunning.
You can rent a boat and go out on the lake if you want. And there are also boats shaped like dragons that cross the lake and are only 10 kuai for a ride.
This is a Kylin - A legendary animal with the power to punish evil and repel the wicked. It is part dragon, lion, ox, deer, and has scales covering its body.
This tshirt said:
“Knowledge likes pants
invisible but very important”
We went to the Summer Palace. This place was incredibly beautiful. I wish it would have been a sunny day.
This was a sign outside of a restaurant. “Mysterious Magical Dumplings of the Immortal Emperor”
Modern Hutong neighborhood.
We went to an acrobat show. It was insane! Some of the stunts they did were just crazy- they had everything from balancing around 10 people on one bicycle to tricks involving motorcycles in metal sphere cages.
I was thoroughly impressed. As well as terrified.
Beautiful Jade art at the National Museum of China.
A Ruyi! Which is my name in Chinese.
This is a scepter that would be given to the Empress by the Emperor of China.
This figure has a lot of heads.