北京大學 – Beijing University

Scene on Beida's campus
Scene on campus

On March first, the new semester at Beijing Daxue (or abbreviated: Beida) started. That way I really did not have a long break if you consider that my last exam in Germany way on February 17.

My classes here are mainly to improve my Chinese, I would not be able to follow any economics class in Chinese yet. However, I picked a class about business Chinese, other classes are 课文 (text-based class), 口语 (a class on spoken language) and 报刊 (newspaper texts). The classes are all tought in Chinese – and only in Chinese. So far I only had only one day of being a student: I somehow managed to understand what the teacher was asking us to do but the six hours were kind of exhausing, too.

The classes I had so far were all tought in considerable small groups of about ten to twelve stundents. So everybody really can (or has to) participate in the discussions.
Our classes all take place in the building of the philosoph faculty (哲学系). In front of the building is a green space – at least it’s supposed to be green. At the moment the lawn looks very withered but the pictures in a brochure show that it’ll be green during the summer.

The philosophy faculty (哲�系) of Beida
The philosophy faculty (哲学系)

From the faculty building it’s just a two minute walk to get to the university’s canteens. There are several of them, each featuring a special kind of food: There’s the “noodle canteen”, the “jiaozi canteen” and so on. So far I only tested two of them, and I like the food both times.

Below you’ll find two more pictures I took on campus. The first one shows the Boya Tower (博雅塔), if you look closely you’ll see one of Beijings smokestacks in the background. The second photo shows a music group that was playing traditonal Chinese music.
Actually the picture at the blog header was also taken by me. It shows the west gate of Beijing daxue. Unfortunately I usually use the east gate to get on or off campus – that one is so boring that it wasn’t worth taking a picture of it.

Nameless Lake (未名湖) and Boya Tower (博雅塔)
Nameless Lake (未名湖) and Boya Tower (博雅塔)

Traditional Chinese music
Musicians playing traditional Chinese music

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