Random Assortment of Links

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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Week 1: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, and the Forbidden City

On Thursday, we visited the Lama Temple. This Tibetan Buddhist temple was built in 1694 and is astoundingly beautiful. 

Following the lead of other temple visitors, we lit joss sticks and said a prayer.

The Lama Temple is also home to an 18-meter high Buddha statue, carved out of a single piece of sandalwood. Naturally, selfies were in order.


Afterward, some of us decided to venture to the Confucius Temple, which was built in 1302.


On Friday, we saw the Forbidden City, which was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the years 1420-1912. It attracts more tourists than any other destination in the world!



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