2007年08月20日

Summer School in Beijing

I stayed in Beijing from July 16 to 23, 2007.
The Beijing Olympics 2008 is just one year away, and the preparations for it in the urban areas seem moving on at a good pace. The main street corners are decorated with a lot of colorful publicity signs, and old buildings are being demolished for replacement with new ones. It is noisy everywhere in the downtown areas.
Now, the purpose of my trip is to attend a summer school to learn Chinese in Beijing, so the next day of my arrival, I visit the Academy of Arts & Design, a Qinghua University-affiliated college. At the application office, I am recommended to take a one-to-one teaching course rather than attending a class lesson because of the limited length of my stay.
My instructor Ms. Lao looks fresh like a student, but actually she is in her middle thirties, and married as well. The textbook, which is as thick as 200 pages, is written in both Chinese and English and compiled mainly for pronunciation and pattern exercises. Lao speaks loud and clear in a confident voice and often gets tough on me when I give the wrong answer.
Lao's husband was working for a foreign-affiliated company near the school, and she called him to the school after the morning lesson. We had lunch together in a dining hall at the college and talked about jobs, salaries and other daily affairs. It was a very informative time for me. As I was a beginner of Chinese, all the conversation was in English.

Evening walking
Good friends like to walk holding hands.

Construction booming
The evening rush hour

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