Wo ming tian qu Shang hai
The title above means “I am going to Shanghai tomorrow.” Today was our last day of Mandarin class for the first group of students. We are leaving Beijing really early in the morning to travel to Shanghai on a fast train. Our last week with this group of students will include a long weekend in the financial capital of China (Shanghai) and then 4 days in a rural area outside of Beijing (Fangshan). Then, I’ll have a short break before the next group of students arrives.
Today, we climbed to the top of the hill at the Summer Palace, and looked out over the city. As you can see in the photograph, Beijing is full of ancient history, but you can see the modern city skyline in the background. I’ve really enjoyed my time here and look forward to returning after this brief journey. After just a bit more than 2 weeks in China and 20 hours of Mandarin instruction, I’m impressed with how much I’ve learned. I can actually communicate with basic sentences, and understand some key words. Since I’ve already stayed up late packing, I’ll end by sharing a short video showing the beginner class at our last session today. Before this month, none of us had ever taken a Mandarin class. And check us out now!