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Useful resources for learning about contemporary China:

 English language Sinica Podcast

James Fallows - not always China-related, but always interesting

What's going on in Beijing:

TimeOut Beijing

The Beijinger

China Daily's Beijing Weekend 

Beijing Weather - Weather Underground

 

Useful language learning tools

Chinesepod podcast - free beginners' podcasts

Popup Chinese podcast - another very good podcast series

Hacking Chinese - interesting ideas on learning Chinese efficiently

Skritter character-learning tool for iPad/iPhone - really fun app

Sinosplice - John Pasden's site on many interesting aspects of China and the Chinese language

 

 

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Sunday
May102015

The Great Wall 

Yesterday we went to the Great Wall and it was amazing!! It was pretty cool outside which was nice and no one got sunburned. We took about an hour bus ride to the part of the Great Wall we were climbing. When we arrived within ten minutes we were spotted by two Michigan alumni. It was great to see fellow Michigan fans halfway around the world. We then started the climb! 

The walk up the wall was a bit challenging at times, but looking at the view and thinking about the history of the wall made it all worth it. We went to a more secluded part of the wall, where fewer tourists go, and the views were AMAZING! Some of the BNU students came with us, and told us stories and myths about the wall and its history. We all brought snacks and had a little picnic on one of the seven wonders of the world - a once in a lifetime experience!snack time!

 

All matching in our Michigan psych shirts! 

Ran into some Michigan State fans at the Wall 

After our long day at the wall, we came back towards campus and ate at a Hot Pot restaurant. Hot Pot is when you cook the meat yourself in boiling water with different flavors, some were really spicy! At this restaurant they're known for their hospitality- they gave lens wipes for people with glasses, and hair ties to girls with their hair down. Also, if you have to wait to be seated (which lots of people do because it's so crowded) complimentary manicures and snacks are provided. They were also very theatrical, a man stretched out noodles in front of us before we ate them, and someone performed Bian lian - a dramatic art where a man changes masks without anyone seeing how! Overall, this day was really great (no pun intended) and everything from morning to night was awesome.

Stretching the noodles 

 

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    The people of china go to the tour or outing to the great wall. Through the tourism they see attractive calm outdoor which is nice and no one became tanned. They took about a period bus journey to the part of the Great Wall they are raising.

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