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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798 art



Tuesday May 9th

Today we visited the 798 art district and had Peking roast duck for lunch!



Monday May 8th

Today we visited the Temple of Heaven which was visited by emperors where they would pray to Heaven for good harvest. 

Afterwards, we headed to Beijing Normal University's Virtual Reality Lab where we were introduced to the amazing technology there! We then headed to class and worked with our peers on our research proposals.




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.



First outing

Yesterday we visited the Lama Temple as our first outing. The air quality was quite bad, so many of our group wore masks, but otherwise the day was nice and people seemed impressed with the sites of the temple. (click on link for full-size picture).