Archive for February, 2007

Welcome and Happy New Year!

February 18, 2007

Welcome to my blog. As a new year has just started (at least according to the Chinese lunar calendar) I thought it’s time to start sharing some of my experiences with you. It’s unfortunate that I don’t have a chance to celebrate Chinese new year in China, I’ll be one week late: I’ll arrive at Beijing Capital Airport next Sunday.

After taking some exams in the past weeks and moving out today I have one week left to consider what would be worth taking as luggage. I don’t know what will happen to me in Beijing, a megacity with a population of nearly 15 million. I’ll be a student at the ECCS at Beijing University. With thirty plus fellow students we’ll be a big group of German students, I’ll have the pleasure to take some language classes and a class in Chinese history. I hope I won’t be too busy so I have a chance to get to know the city, as well…

During my stay in Taiwan last fall I got in touch with Chinese culture and the Chinese “way of living”, let alone original Chinese food – very tasty!
But my Chinese is still far for perfect, so I’m already satisfied when I’m able to get a rough idea what people are talking about. So I hope I’ll be able to improve my language skills as well as the ability to read the Chinese characters.

In  this blog I’m going to keep you informed about how I am doing, I also hope to post some picture. I guess writing in English will be the easiest so most people will understand it, but I might intersperse a comment in German (or Chinese?!) every now and then.

So long
Matt

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