University of Wisconsin–Madison

Beijing Welcomes You

Blog post #5              Sunday, June 28, 2015

I can’t believe the first half of the program is already done. We’ve already taken our first round of oral exams and finals – where did the time go?! As a transition from the first to second half of the program, we have a three-day weekend, and I decided to go to Beijing with my roommate and a fellow classmate for the weekend. So here I am, in Beijing, as I write this blog. 🙂

We are staying at a hostel called Three-Legged Frog in a three-person room. There are actually a lot of people from different parts of the world who are also staying here! Some are from Holland, some are from Australia, and others from England and Iran. People are pretty friendly here – we picked a good place to stay in Beijing.

Yesterday, my roommate and I went to Tian’anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Today, we went to the Summer Palace, which is a place where the Emperor and concubines would go to during the summer season as a little vacation. These are definitely very touristy spots; as we would say in Chinese, 人山人海renshangrenhai, as many people as mountains are big and seas are vast. Although it was very hot and crowded, the places I went to were all worth seeing since it was my first time being in Beijing to tour.

I must say travelling is very exhausting. I get ample sleep every night, yet I still have to take naps before dinner. My exhaustion is probably due to all the walking I’ve been doing. Pretty sure I walked 10 miles just from going to the Forbidden City and back to the hostel! Anyway, I should probably get some rest now. Zaijian!

Me standing across the street from Tian’anmen Square and in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City.
Me standing across the street from Tian’anmen Square and in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City.