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Last Week in Beijing!

I can’t believe in one week I will be on my way back home to Chicago! The second half of this program has certainly flown by quickly. My last full weekend in China was certainly eventful. On Saturday, I met up with my aunt who had been visiting from New York. Together we went to

After two weeks…

Two weeks have past since I started the Public Health program in Beijing and already so much has happened. I expected a greater amount of culture shock but I found that Beijing is similar to Chicago- albeit much larger and much busier. The local food is amazing. I ate at so many resturants my first

Woah, We’re Halfway There

I have been in China for three weeks now and I am realizing that this is the halfway point of my six-week program… it is going by faster than I expected! A lot has happened since I left the United States, starting with the plane ride itself. It was almost surreal to watch our landing

Bargaining in China: The Do’s and Don’ts

Let’s face it. If you want to buy souvenirs in China at a low cost, you need to learn how to bargain! The reality is that Chinese vendors will try to sell foreigners items at higher costs. So, if you don’t want to blow your wallet after just one or two purchases, I would suggest

Homesick Celebrity

你好!/Hello!! Welcome back to my blog! The last few weeks have been exciting and exhausting. While I’ve been able to visit various parts of Beijing, I find myself still adjusting to the way of life here. Number one for me has been the food. Now I love Asian cuisine, but only on occasion. I’ve grown

Shanghai: Food and Sightseeing Tour

Another two weeks have passed since I last wrote. Since then, a lot has happened: finished finals (yay!), visited Shanghai, and started classes again. I still can’t believe that I have already passed the halfway point of my study abroad journey. A part of me is excited that I am a month away from going

Life in China

It’s been about two weeks since I arrived in China, and things are going pretty smoothly. I’ve adjusted to the time difference and to the new dorm room. I’m friends with my roommate (she’s from Holland!), and I’ve also made a lot of new friends on this IPD trip. It was hard at first. Although I’ve been

NU Adventures

I am now entering my third week in China, and it has been a whirlwind of firsts. I tried the famous jianbing (煎饼) for the first time; I climbed up the Great Wall for the first time; I used a squat toilet for the first time. All these new experiences were sort of overwhelming, but

Settling In

As I approach the end of my second week in China, I cannot believe how quickly time is passing by. It hasn’t quite been an easy transition, as I succumb to jet-lag and fall asleep promptly at 7:30pm, wake up at 1am, and contemplate my life until I have to go to class in the

Up the Great Wall

Huiqing Xu, NU in China, Summer 2014 These past few weeks have passed by in the blink of an eye. Over such a short period of time, we’ve visited many different places. We went to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, two museums, and a law office. My favorite Saturday excursion was the trip to