Excuse me; I have some shopping to do.

Shopping, shopping shopping. Who doesn’t enjoy shopping? 😉 Certainly not me, judging by all the things I’ve bought since I’ve been here…



...I need to stop.

…I need to stop.

So I thought it might be a good idea to put a post together that just talks about shopping in Beijing – where to go, what you can buy and, most of all, how to haggle! 🙂

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Yes, I can read the sign; I’m just pondering the implications

Today is day one of my week of posts, so I hope you’re all looking forward to it!

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Then this is a very important week for you, isn’t it?

Wooh, so, I’ve still got those posts on Shanghai and Inner Mongolia coming your way (they’re long, they are taking time), but I decided that, much like when I left Germany, I would do a week of posts to commemorate my final seven days here.

So here’s the outline of the week (though hopefully I’ll throw the aforementioned trip posts in there at some point too, so you might end up with some bonus ones ;)):

Saturday 29th June: A post about badly translated signs I’ve seen (with some of my own pictures!).

Sunday 30th June: A post about shopping, and, more importantly, how to haggle when you get out to the markets here.

Monday 1st July: An ‘a day in the life’ style post – pictures and text about what a ‘typical’ day is like for me.

Tuesday 2nd July: Some Chinese (Mandarin) phrases that you might just find useful if you ever come here.

Wednesday 3rd July: Fooooooood. Some recipes (maybe – they’ll all be ones I found online) and I’ll finally reveal what my favourite Chinese food is. I know you’re all dying to know and that none of you have possibly guessed ;).

Thursday 4th July: Introspective type post or, potentially, an essay I need to send to the Confucius Institute here about life in Beijing.

Friday 5th July: Goodbyes! I’m flying at 07.35 Beijing time (00.35 at home), so I’ll probably be on the plane before the post even makes it to the blog.

So, enjoy~ I’ll be back tomorrow; for now I’m going to eat some cake and go to bed.

tiana exhausted

Well, I’m not saying I’d like to build a summer home here, but the trees are actually quite lovely.

So, catch-up post number two: May edition! Featuring my trips to Beijing Zoo, the Temple of Heaven and Chaoyang Park!

Let’s start with the trip to the zoo…

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You’re on that list? Are you above or below angry bees?

Again, it’s been more than a month a long time since I’ve gotten around to posting anything (I’m not sure how cut out I am for this whole blog thing), so this is basically most of what I did in April. It’s a little long, but not as long as the post I’m going to do on May 😉 (Or Shanghai, or Inner Mongolia, places I’ve also been in the meantime. I can’t even keep a diary; what possibly made me think I’d keep up with a blog?).

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You know, most people take a plane, but you’re smart because you’ll have all your TV and clocks and stuff.

A couple of weeks ago in China, it was the Qingming Festival (清明节, or Tomb Sweeping Day), so we got a few days off from classes. The university were offering a trip to Xi’an (西安) from 3rd April-6th April, so we got to spend two days in one of the oldest cities in China.

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They’re laying overtime right now, for Easter.

Okay, before I begin; I meant to mention this in the last post but forgot – thank you to everyone who voted for me in the iX13 competition! I came 35th overall (I think there were about 200 entrants?) so yeah, that’s awesome! 😀 You can see a list of the top 100 and a map of where they are here; it’s really quite interesting.

Anyway, this is just a short post about what I did last weekend (the 30th and 31st March), because, for a change, I actually went out and did something. Yay!

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