After five intense days of teaching English, the time has come for us to explore around Beijing. Initially, we tried out the traditional Beijing snacks, such as Tanghulu (糖葫芦). These are fruits coated in sugar, stuck on bamboo sticks. They looked really good and tasted really good too. Then, we rode the bike carriages, which took us around the streets of Beijing. I had a good Mandarin listening practice during my chat with our carriage driver about my nationality.
(The Strawberry Tanghulu )
Afterward, we visited a traditional Chinese building (四合园) to learn about Chinese architecture. I have no idea why but seeing the little red lanterns hanging from the strings makes me happy.
Then, we began our challenging task - climbing the Great Wall of China. It was very windy and cold when we arrived. To keep warm, we ended up cuddling as a whole group like penguins. The Great Wall was steep, and some of the sections required great care to climb. However, we were lucky that there were not many people when we were there. Below, I have attached some Great Wall photos.
(With my German roommate - when I first arrived in LPC, I have never imagined that I would be walking up the Great Wall together with him. Life is just … strange and amazing)
(With my Chinese teacher)
(With my amazing second years)
After the tiring walk, we had the Beijing roasted duck for our dinner. It was one of the highlights of the trip but in my opinion, it is just oily. This may be because I am used to eating dry ducks at home. (Note: In this project week, I switched back from being a vegetarian to a omnivore - a matter of personal choice)
(Roasted Duck disguised as Rose)
At night, we walked around the city center. Some of the daring people tried out the roasted scorpions. I regret not trying it out. I should have listened to my inner voice telling me “You only live once, so why not try it out?”
(Delicious arachnids, anyone up for it?)
The next morning, we visited the Forbidden City and passed the Tian'anmen Square along the way. If you have never heard of the name Tian'anmen Square, I bet you will recognize it when you see this iconic place below. Yes, it is the gate to the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City is the palace of the Emperor and it is enormous. It consists of several halls and buildings which looks similar (to me). Everywhere you look, you will end up seeing a panorama of Chinese imperial buildings with yellow roofs, red walls and decorated furnishings inside. Our group walked until the gardens, which are located at the back of the Forbidden City. Later that day, we headed to the airport for a flight back to Shenzen.
(In front of Tian'anmen Square)
I arrived back to LPCUWC at 2:00 a.m. in the morning. Indeed, I took a few days for recovery from this intense but rewarding trip. There was a lot to talk about our Project Week with other friends at the canteen table.
I was surprised to find a Kazakhstan chocolate on my table the next day. Indeed, I have got really good friends.
Near the end of this week, I was very lucky to meet Memo, one of my third years. I am grateful to find out that we have interests in common - Computer Science, guitar and so on. We went out for a good dinner in the city later that day.
(A MEMOrable dinner with Memo, his friends, and of course, our beloved Jon)
Now, everything has calmed down in LPC and I need to focus on the studies again. I have just registered for the upcoming SAT and hope I would do okay. Anyway, keep in touch for any upcoming interesting things here.
[Photo credits : Bike carriages - Timo, Group photo - our tour guide, the final dinner photo - Memo]