China is a very extraordinary up-and-coming place. Immersing myself in Chinese society enhanced my passion for Chinese culture to a level that would not have been possible otherwise. Observing the locals living a lifestyle worlds apart from a western perspective was more eye-opening than I had expected. Coming from a half-Chinese background and eating Chinese food every night, I had assumed the cultural shock to be something I would easily take in my stride, yet I discovered that LIVING in Beijing was very unique compared to anything I had been exposed to in the Western world.
Biggest library in Asia
Campus next to Weiming Lake
Living in a far-away country without my family and friends was a very liberating feeling. Having no excuses and nothing holding me back allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and experience new things.
Temple of Heaven
Peking University Group Photo 2015
A big reason why the trip was so enjoyable was my classmates. Within an hour of touching down in Beijing I had made new friends and by the end of the trip our cohort was very tight, we had explored the city together after class, adventured through the city nightlife (this probably happened a few too many times) and struggled with cramming exams, making a few lifelong friends in the process. The unique lifestyle of China is very gripping. At the end of the month when I left Beijing and all the shared memories I had had, I vowed I would go back again. Below is a link to a short video that my friend Emma Wiltshire made of the trip.