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Coming to China was my first plane ride ever and it was 14.5 hours. It was amazing! I sat at a window seat and I was able to see everything in a new perspective. We flew from New Jersey over Canada and the Arctic Circle to Beijing. The view was gorgeous!
We landed at about 1 p.m. and arrived at campus around 3 p.m.That afternoon a few girls and I tried to navigate our way through campus to find an ATM machine. We thought that people would be able to speak English fluently but very few actually do. So we put together all the Chinese we could and asked any and everybody for help.
We finally were pointed in the direction of the ATMs to find out they were not working. After about an hour of searching we were finally pointed in the right direction. It was really nice how much people tried to help. Some people even called others over hoping that someone could speak English.
Life at Peking University
The campus of PKU (Peking University) has a life of its own. You would think it's a little city if you didn't know better. On the first day of classes my roommate and I Sarah witnessed a graduation which was amazing. The scene of hundreds of people walking into the gymnasium was awesome. It was still pretty awesome when the next morning we saw another graduation ceremony. However, the next day after it was not that big of a deal. I'm not sure why they had so many graduations but my guess is that they have way to many students to have the ceremony in just one day.
The Beijing Traffic
The traffic in Beijing is crazy. I have never seen anything like it in my life. There are many bridges like the one shown in my picture. This is probably to aid people to safely cross the street. They way people drive over here is totally different than America. One of my fellow classmates from Bloom U Matt made a joke that the lines in the road are just a suggestion but it’s true! I've seen cars drive on the lines. I saw a coach bus drive on the elbow of the highway.
The coach bus I was in on the trip to Tian'an Men Square and The Forbidden City did a U-turn at a very busy intersection. Cars, busses, and bicyclists weave in and out of traffic. So I have come to the conclusion that in China being a "good" driver is being able to maneuver in and out of traffic and around obstacles while in high speed.
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Our first trip in Beijing was to Tian'an Men Square and the Forbidden City. It was amazing and amazingly humid and foggy. Even though it was not the best of weather we had a great time! The fog kind of gave everything an eerie look which was pretty cool. First we walked through Tiananmen Square to get to the Forbidden City. My favorite part of the trip was looking at all the amazing architecture. The Forbidden City began to be built in the early 1400's. It's so amazing how something so big and beautiful can be built at that time. I was in total awe and they were able to preserve so much of it.
Diggn' the Duck
Our second night in Beijing we enjoyed an amazing cultural dinner. Beijing is famous for many things one includes the Peking duck dinner. Who knew you could eat so many different parts of the duck as an entree'! We ate duck liver, brain, heart, skin, and the white and dark meat of the duck! It was more than delicious! We even had a tutorial on how to make our own duck dumplings right at the table. Then we tried it ourselves and it was aaammmmaaazzziiiinnggg!!! If you are ever in Beijing you have to try the Peking duck. If not, then it's equivalent of being in Paris and not seeing the Eiffel tower!
- — Shyree J. Clark, psychology major