Beijingin’ around

Contrary to popular belief, China has an astounding amount of long weekends. This semester alone we have one in April, one in May and one in June. Caught up in the midst of class and UTS assignments (cultural report anyone?) we kind of forgot that the first long weekend was approaching until our teachers remindedContinue reading “Beijingin’ around”

Finally doing some touristy things

After two weeks of living in Hangzhou, I finally got the opportunity to go and do some of the touristy things around the area thanks to a colleague of my Dad’s. Qin Shu picked me up at 9am from outside my uni, and we headed to see Xiang Lake, a famous lake just outside ofContinue reading “Finally doing some touristy things”

It’s all about survival

It’s been seven days since we arrived in the Middle Kingdom. It still doesn’t feel quite real that we’re in another country. It’s easy to forget that you’re in China. In a much shorter amount of time than I anticipated, I’m used to the sounds of China – the sharp Mandarin language, horns beeping all theContinue reading “It’s all about survival”

One night in Shanghai…

Four days into our new lives in China, we decided that now was a good time to head off on our first inter-city trip. Were we crazy? Perhaps. With our barely-existent Mandarin skills and brand new mobile numbers, we packed up some stuff and headed off to the city of lights. Apparently you have toContinue reading “One night in Shanghai…”

Ni Hao Hangzhou!

After four days in Hangzhou we’ve finally, FINALLY got a decent internet connection. Number one on my list of ‘things I wish I’d known beforehand’: YOU CAN’T GET WIFI ON A WEEKEND. Thank God for modern China and the advent of free wifi cafes. Anyway, after what felt like a short trip, we landed atContinue reading “Ni Hao Hangzhou!”