Back to China

I joined a PKU trip to the Great Wall at Mutianyu last weekend. Although I’d been to this part before, it was in the depths of Beijing’s icy winter, so a summer visit was very different. Two of us climbed beyond the tourist area onto a part of the wall that hasn’t been renovated. The views were as spectacular as before and it was worth the extra hike in hot weather to get away from the crowds and scramble over the ruins.

I joined a PKU trip to the Great Wall at Mutianyu last weekend. Although I’d been to this part before, it was in the depths of Beijing’s icy winter, so a summer visit was very different. Two of us climbed beyond the tourist area onto a part of the wall that hasn’t been renovated. The views were as spectacular as before and it was worth the extra hike in hot weather to get away from the crowds and scramble over the ruins.

I’ve twice been to Wangfujing snack street (王府井小食街), once in the day and once at night. It’s an atmospheric and hectic lane in the heart of a modern shopping district.

First meal on campus was both tasty and cheap!

A very Chinese moment - eating mooncake 月饼 in Tiananmen Square!

A very Chinese moment - eating mooncake 月饼 in Tiananmen Square!

This is a map of Peking University’s main campus in Haidian District 海淀区). Although you on it you can’t see the names of individual buildings, it does give an overview of the campus. Out of the three universities I’ve studied at, it’s by far the most scenic (and also the largest). Many of the buildings are in a traditional Chinese style, and the campus has plenty of lakes, streams, and gardens. To the east is Tsinghua University (清华大学), south is the district of Zhongguancun (中关村), and west and north is Yuanmingyuan (圆明园)- the old Summer Palace, amongst other smaller places.

This is a map of Peking University’s main campus in Haidian District 海淀区). Although you on it you can’t see the names of individual buildings, it does give an overview of the campus. Out of the three universities I’ve studied at, it’s by far the most scenic (and also the largest). Many of the buildings are in a traditional Chinese style, and the campus has plenty of lakes, streams, and gardens. To the east is Tsinghua University (清华大学), south is the district of Zhongguancun (中关村), and west and north is Yuanmingyuan (圆明园)- the old Summer Palace, amongst other smaller places.