Having decided back in Y9 to take Mandarin, Chinese for GCSE I finally got to go to China. I was going last year before my GCSE's but managed to get a featured slot at The Godney Gathering so postponed.
It was a long flight via Abu Dhabi. On arriving in Beijing 16th July it was very hot we got to our hotel lunch then a trip to the Summer Palace, we also met up with other schools on this trip.
During the week we visited Tiananmen Square and through to the Forbidden City, the architecture was stunning! Then to market at Xiushui, lots of haggling to be done. The Great Wall of China was a high light for me 80 percent vertical, I managed to find a guitar & Busked on the Great Wall of China! We went on to the traditional Chinese Markets of Nan Lugu Xiang watching the Fro-Yo flowers raining down on us and our food! Beijing Zoo, was next. I enjoyed the Chinese Tea Ceremony (top tip sit next to a plant throw the 1st cup a way to clean the cup, there was no need to do this was we were given paper cups.) we had 4 types of tea. Then on the the Temple of Heaven, though it was exceedingly hot. The food throughout has been good.
We headed to Harbin City 20th July with a stop to the Hanban HQ the funders of the trip, it was a small museum which we spent 2 hours at, quite interesting. We dropped off our bags after our delayed flight and went straight to the dumpling restaurant, lots of food. Now for going to school Chinese style, I'm in one of the top sets as I have completed 3 years of Chinese, so with the native speakers. I will defiantly be better at Chinese by the end of this week not much English during lesson time.
Today we visited a local village Lanxi and picked fruits & vegetables for dinner.
Young chap finding his feet, likes the finer things but on a lemonade budget, for now!