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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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Saturday
May072016

GCC Beijing 2016

Our trip is generally going very well this year. Students will be posting updates on the trip on this site but while I wait for them to make that happen, I thought I would whet the readers' collective appetite by posting a few pictures from my first trip to China in 1984.

The first shows the entrance intro the Forbidden City through Tiananmen Gate as it was then. These days you can't cross that street (you have to go through a tunnel, as well as a security gate) and you can't enter under the photo of Mao. 

 

The second shows the interior of the Forbidden City. It's much busier these days than then.

 

Finally, here's a picture of the big Wangfujing shopping street as it was then. Some of our students went there yesterday on their day off.

On the left is Jim Stigler, now a Psychology professor at UCLA. On the right is the late Harold Stevenson of UM, who made much of this possible and is deeply missed.

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