Here is a summary of my adventures thus far in Beijing, China. Currently, I am learning how to teach English as a second language and learning Chinese myself. It is going well. I can barter at the markets in Chinese. I have made some friends on the trip and we are having fun visiting all the sites around Beijing together.
Here we are at the airport looking dumbfounded at actually being in China.
This and the next four pictures show what the Beijing Campus looks like. It is really nice and we're lucky to be staying here.
These are some kids we saw drawing the tower. They were quite impressive.
These signs are found all over the place. I guess they mean no brass instruments are allowed to be played...too bad I didn't bring my saxophone....
A part of the group at the Summer Palace. The next five pictures are at the Summer Palace.
This has happened several times, but she was the cutest. A Chinese person will come up and ask if they can take their picture with us. This little girl was really cute. She was a little shy, but Amanda and I pursuaded her, at her fathers request, to get her picture taken.
This whole area was lined with shops selling all sorts of things.
This was a banquet put on by the University of Beijing in honor of us.
This is outside the banquet on the street. Typical of the main streets.
Yup, they even have them over there....(McDonalds)
These next five pictures are in and around Tianamen Square.
I was curious why there was a missile next to this building. Oh well.
I don't think we are quite as good as the statue.
He was amazed at Luther, a guy in our group that resembles Michael Jordan. I don't think he had seen very many black men before. We talked to him for about 10 minutes while waiting for the lower of the flag in Tianamen Square.
A group of us as we start our trek up the Great Wall.
That's where we are going.
That's how steep it is.
Here my girlfriend and I half way up.
That's the part we didn't make it to.
Here I am looking thoughtfully out the window. In case you were worried, I don't have a girlfriend. That woman just wanted her picture taken with an American.
This is at the Ming Tombs. The tombs themselves are really quite dull, but it is absolutely beautiful around them.
Taxi rides are always quite interesting. Sometimes I can't really tell which lane we are in or why there are people walking in front of the a car going about 45 km/hour.
Here are some friends eating after shopping at the mud market before heading to the Temple of Heaven (the next four pictures).
Very common, people sleep everywhere. Notice how she is holding the bag while she sleeps.
return to: overall home or pictures home.