Study China Photos

So I apologise in advance for the bad quality of pictures, I was using my phone and they look fine there but when they’re blown up they don’t look so fine anymore. I also know that I’ve posted some of these already but I felt they would make it look complete, sort of. This is a response to misswinnielondon‘s comment about more photos. I hope you enjoy them 🙂 ImageThe Main Building. We had Tai Ji in the courtyard outside (you can see some people there) and had some lectures inside too. It has over 17 floors!

ImageI have no idea what this building is/is for. I just took a picture as this was the first day and I was a little excited about getting there in one piece and with all of my luggage.

ImageA model of the University campus, which is huge. If you look really hard in the bottom right corner one of the buildings has an orange slice roof. I never saw it but it looks cool on the model. It’s in the main building (1st picture)

ImageThe front of the Forbidden City at night. I went twice (at night), this being the first time.ImageJust before the opening ceremony starts. They introduced our student volunteers and Mandarin teachers and also gave us a chance to talk to the other students on the programme. We also had a group photo which they gave us a copy to take home at the end. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI don’t really need to explain the above pictures, except maybe the last one which I’m not quite what it is to be honest but lots of people were taking pictures of it…so I did too. Actually the picture before is just a statue/piece of artwork we saw when we were walking around.ImageHotpot. It was really spicy and really nice. There’s an earlier blog post about this.

ImageForbidden City Entrance, visit 2. It was so cold that night. The coldest I think I felt (until we went back again…)ImageOutside Wangfujing shopping centre, the most Christmassey/Western decoration we saw whilst we were there.ImageThe entrance was in the subway station…that was weird. It was closed when we got there (about 8pm) but I don’t think we would have gone in anyway.ImageReception in the company we went to visit. The map has the times for countries around the world, which we corrected because of the daylight savings time so their clocks for the UK and Europe were out by an hour. That was a little awkward but they trusted us (being from the UK and all that).ImageYou can just about see the panda hiding behind the bamboo. It was not a happy panda.ImageThe moment before it hit the window…that was scary.ImageCutest animals ever.ImageVery big, cool looking statue near the lions, tigers etc.ImageThe beluga tank inside the aquarium, which was the most expensive part of our ticket. If we didn’t visit the aquarium the ticket would have been much, much cheaper. The show was cool though.ImageOne of the many elephant statues near the elephant house. There are pictures of us sitting on the bigger ones…ImageThis hawk was way too chilled out. It must be the cold. ImageVery big turtles. ImageThe dinner our host family gave us. It was so yummy. Even our lop-sided dumplings.ImageThe little girl and her mother had stayed in the US the year before and so had been introduced to the idea of Christmas and had a tree which we helped decorated. It had lights and music and everything. They even gave us a little Christmas gift each.ImageActually, this day was the coldest. Apparently the coldest in 13 years or something, my friend said. The third time I went there but the first we actually got to Tiananmen Square and saw Mao’s body.ImageImageThe Forbidden City. It was really open, which made it feel ever colder despite how pretty it looks.ImageThe Fu Dogs were everywhere, this is the first of many pictures.ImageThe Temple of Heaven on a very cloudy, snowy day. ImageImageImageImageImageThe Lama Temples were really pretty. I prayed quite a bit whilst I was there and probably used up most of our student volunteer’s incense sticks but she was really nice and let me use them. She even showed some of the others how to pray and which temples were for what.ImageAnother Fu Dog at the Summer Palace.ImageThe frozen lake at the Summer Palace. My friend went over Easter and went on a boat. We just took a few steps on the ice. No boats. Not sure which is better.ImageImageYou can walk up the stairs here and go to the top where you can see some nice views of Beijing. It was sunset too so that made it better. We managed to cover the Lama Temples and the Summer Palace in one afternoon – about 4 hours. It impressed people a little when we told them what we did. Carpe Diem.ImageJust outside Tianjin train station. ImageAlso near the station, showing how fast development is.ImageA frozen river. With people fishing. One guy rode his bike across!ImageImageImageInside Culture Street. Very cheap market and really, really friendly vendors.ImageThe Tianjin Tower. Just managed to fit most of it in one shot.ImageImageImageImageTianjin from the tower. ImageHow high we were compared to the lake it’s in. Which was also frozen and some of the local children were playing ice hockey! I sent this picture to my friends and they all didn’t realise how high it was. ImageImageAt night time, just before we got the train back home.ImageImageImageImageThe Great Wall with its crazy signs.ImageImageImageAnother great visit with our host family. ImageJust outside Food street near Wangfujing. Western-style malls next to a small, hutong-esque food market. I went twice in three days.

ImageFinally, the graduation (closing) ceremony of the programme. It was sad to say goodbye but we all still talk now, which is really great 😀

So that’s about it. There are a lot of pictures and I think I repeated quite a few of my earlier posts but it’s a snapshot (or whistle-stop-tour, as one of my uni friends said) of my three weeks in Beijing.

Unhappy but happy times :/

So I’m unhappy, and I just realised how whiney this post will be despite the fact I should have outgrown teenage rants by now (although I’ve got a little bit of time left…). 

I didn’t get the job for the interview I went for, which has happened before to me and lots of my friends but I was so close to this one. I was at the last hurdle and there were only 13 of us that day! I should have got something from the 6 interviews I had! 

Okay, rant over. I’m actually a little happy as I went to a presentation yesterday about working at Uni once freshers starts. I’m super excited for this as I get to meet lots of international students and I get paid to have fun 😀 We had a scavenger hunt but it was more like a 10 minute intense quiz which was actually really fun. I love dingbats. There were two and my group’s assessor said if there was a job with them, I would be hired. Sadly no job exists for that. I had an unfair advantage being a home student though, not many international students know what they are. We get a hoodie and t-shirt too! I don’t know why I’m so excited about this…it’s not until September but I’m so eager to start now!

And yesterday I got free chocolate 😀 We run these mentor-type session things at uni, with 2nd and 3rd years as ‘leaders’ and our group bought chocolate for myself and my two co-leaders. It was really sweet of them. I now have a giant bar of galaxy, a wispa bar and a flake…we bought them chocolate too, to say thanks for coming but the fact that they thought about us was really sweet. I’m going to miss those sessions.

On an unrelated note, I will try and post more study china pictures in the next post and thank you to the new followers 😀