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The Great China Firewall

July 17th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Just wanted to touch base on my blog since I haven’t written on here while in China. Part of the reason is that WordPress is blocked on the China Firewall and part of the reason is that I’ve been busy in a whirlwind of activities since I’ve been here and haven’t had time to figure out how to update this. Low and behold, I’ve gotten through to my blog!

So what have I done in the two weeks I’ve been here? In short, I flew into Shanghai and stayed there 3 nights then took an overnight train to Beijing. I partied the 4th of July at Muse, a big Chinese club and danced my independent booty into the wee hours of the night. As soon as I got into Beijing I met up with Adam, my cs-er host for the evening. He was great and introduced my to a delicious Yunnan restaurant where we and 3 of his other friends chowed down and enjoyed conversing. My class flew in on Tuesday so I met up with them and we all were taken to the Communication University of China where I’ll be staying while I’m in Beijing.

A quick synopsis of my whirlwind of activities include: playing ping-pong with Chinese students, shopping at Wal-Mart, hanging out on the dorm’s roof deck with our Aussie colleagues, being videotaped on a tour of a water treatment plant and a China-approved “rural” village, ate Peking Duck, walked on the Great Wall, saw the Ming Tombs, took a boat around the Summer Palane, stood on the ruins of Yuanmingyuan, ate Weiger food and drank at an expat bar, practiced Mandarin with a taxi driver after checking out bars and restaurants in HouHai Lake, listened to media representatives at the US Embassay, drank champaign at a sunrise reception at the St. Regis, gotten a Chinese body massage and saw Yao Ming the first day of training as a volunteer at the Wukesong basketball venue!

Now that I have a feeling for my schedule and have reliable internet in my room, I’ll expand on this bullet-point list and fill you in on the details as much as I can….and as much as the China Firewall will let me.

Also, check out my class’s blog at http://blog.emerson.edu/beijing/ where you can see the collective experiences about our time here and read my latest post on my Chinese Momma!

More to come…

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eunice // Jul 18, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Hi Helen! Finally you are back! 😀 Glad to catch you back :) Looking forward to your new posts about China! Keep me updated yeah? See ya!

    p.s.: hope u can vote for me again, at my blog. :)

  • 2 nomadicmatt // Jul 20, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    are you sure wordpress is banned? i know plenty of bloggers who use wordpress and are in china? maybe they host it on their own server….

    glad you are staying busy!!

  • 3 Jan-Hendrik // Jul 22, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Hola Helen,

    wow, it seems that you also have gotten quite a bit around. China must be really intersting experience, eventhough not on my priority list due to….Oh well, have a lot of fun and keep your blog up to date 😉

    Greetings from Chile, Jan

  • 4 christinegilbert // Jul 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Wow, I can’t believe wordpress is blocked in China! That would knock out most of my online reading!

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