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     I have the luxury of living beside a rather picturesque mountain in the outskirts of Beijing. I wont lie to you all, its lovely! Not too polluted, very cheap, perfect. Except for one thing, Beijing is a big city, and I live a tad far (11 km) away from my university (BLCU) which I must attend every weekday morning for class. This leaves me with the slight problem of commuting the distance during the famous Beijing rush hour. To help you put my problem into perspective, Beijing has over 20 million people, all of whom seemingly want to get on the exact bus I want to at 0730 on a freezing Monday morning. I am not alone in this probpem though, no matter where you live in Beijing you will at somepoint have a commute on your hands, whether it is to your university, local supermarket, tutors house or just downtown Beijing. The following is my attempt at a transport graduates review of Beijing’s transport network to allow for some little extra planning before coming to China:
  • Chinese familyIf you ever have the opportunity to be invited into a Chinese family’s home for a meal... go! One of the main reasons people come to China is to learn about the Chinese culture and make more Chinese friends. Being invited to someones home will give you the opportunity to do just that. Nowhere else will you get to experience the true taste of an authentic home cooked meal, and observe how Chinese people interact with their friends and family in the comfort of their own home. It may be a little intimidating at first, but you'll soon settle in and get a delicious stomach satisfying experience. Here are a few things to help you prepare for visiting a Chinese home.

  • chinese foodAs an American, I am accustomed to lots of delicious fake Chinese food. Always fried to perfection, somehow made shinier than a new car, and finally packaged in iconic Chinese takeaway boxes. American Chinese cuisine is very satisfying. It is often even prepared by Chinese-Americans, who were born in China, which leaves us thinking that it must be authentic...sort of.

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    By a way of quick introduction, my name is Emma Wallace, I’m from the Gold Coast in Australia and I have recently been awarded with the China Study Abroad (CSA) summer scholarship. I leave this Friday 1 August for a month of intensive Mandarin at Beijing Mandarin Academy (BMA). As part of my trip back to China I will be writing a series of blogs for CSA, so I hope that you find them enjoyable, inspiring and most importantly helpful and informative! For those of you that are considering coming to China to study Mandarin, all I can say is do it, do it, do it.

  • Beijing

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    3610 Capital Mansions,
    6 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang
    Beijing, 100027
    Phone: (+86) 10 8468 3799 
  • London

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    154 Bishopsgate
    London EC2M 4LN
    United Kingdom
    Phone: (+44) 0207 377 84 
  • Hong Kong

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    Rm 604-7 Dominion Centre
    43-59 Queen’s Road East
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (+852) 800 968 924 


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