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:

City Weekend - 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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Free Day in Beijing


Today was our first free day to explore Beijing, relax and catch up on sleep.

Several of us started our day with dumplings from Qing-Feng Steamed Dumpling Shop before heading to the Botanical Gardens.

We enjoyed walking around the Botanical Gardens and exploring the Tropical Conservatory.

After the Botanical Gardens we grabbed lunch at a local restaurant and walked through some of the shops near our Hostel.


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