你好 (Nǐ Hǎo!)

你好 (Nǐ Hǎo!) from Beijing, China! Ishani and I are both safe and sound in China right now where we will be teaching some liberal-arts styled seminars to Chinese high school students. We just landed Sunday (Chinese time) so we haven’t had the chance to do too much exploring yet—we’ve only hit Tiananmen Square, the Bird’s Nest, and The Fordbidden City so far—but rest assured, when we get over this jet lag, we’ll be packing it all in! Until then, we hope you’ll enjoy some of these pics. For me, so far China has been at once what I expected (think imperial China with its temples) and what I never thought it was (and here I refer to the very romantic little alley with restaurants and a lake with paddleboats that we passed by yesterday…)

We promise to be back soon!!

xo Inesha

Tiananmen Square
Mao’s Mausoleum– Rumor on the street is you can see Mao’s preserved body in spectacular condition… that is if you’re willing to wait for hours in line to see him 

Tianamen Square perhaps most well known for the protests of 1989 (Note: In an act of cultural immersion, Ishani chose to break out the umbrella... not because it was raining but rather because here in China it is quite common to cover up from all those rays!)

The Forbidden City… is endless and simply breathtaking…
Look at this architecture!

After walking through the Forbidden City, we took some buggy rides through the back alley-ways of Beijing… and let me tell you, there was no better way to see Chinese culture and family life up close and personal and away from all that touristy lime-light! Here are our friends Tianhao and Bridget in their buggy in front of us.
**Note: We negotiated our prices for the buggy rides down from 800 RMB to 270 RMB… never ever settle with the first price! 
There is often a shortage of water in these parts so the workers who built these brick walls used food– everything from congee (Chinese soup) to paste and flour– to stick these bricks together!
Do you see what I mean by romantic?
Apparently this is a fruit, though we’re not sure we’ve ever seen it before…
Lunch time! 
Ishani and our pal Bridget at the 2008 Olympic Complex
The Bird’s Nest

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5 thoughts on “你好 (Nǐ Hǎo!)”

  1. We went to Mao’s Mausoleum with our tour group!! Oh, and you’re still getting ripped off for 270 RMB. It’s more like 80RMB at most, but you’ll learn. :)

    1. haha Yuqian you’re too funny… we are having lots of fun getting to know our students here. And we’re jealous of you– we only get 2 weeks here! That’s no where near enough time :/

      1. Oh btw, you’re not missing that much by not seeing Mao. He’s all orange (too much tanning) and we suspected that he might have been fake, haha. But if you wanted to go, the lines went by pretty fast because it’s moving all the time. I think we got in in around 20 minutes, but I think that also depends on what time you get there.

  2. Oh, and if you’re buying souvenirs, it’s 10-20RMB at most (They always charge the foreigners like 10x more). Okay, I’ll stop bothering you two now. :D

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