18 Apr Around Beijing in one Weekend The weekend really was a busy one with our different program participants looking forward to a full packed two days of fun in Beijing. A couple of them are here learning Mandarin Chinese at university for the summer, and with the nice summer weather, we could not waste a perfectly good weekend by staying home. First destination was The Capital Museum. This is China’s national museum and after closing for renovations, it is now open to anyone looking to learn and enjoy Chinese cultural, historical and political artifacts and information. Certainly the museum is so large you cannot go through everything in a single day; there are displays of China’s long history, you have sections dedicated to the dynasties and emperors only! Other fractions illustrate the Chinese culture, which will vary here and there depending on which region you are looking at. This felt like a free Chinese language learning class of sorts, a large portion of the information compiled at the museum doesn’t always make it into the textbook of foreign students in China. Visiting the museum was certainly eventful as one of our candidates, given the hot weather conditions had worn flip flops, unbeknown to everybody, you cannot enter the Capital museum wearing flip flops, you need closed shoes! Who knew? Well we had to make a mad dash to the closest store to buy a pair of shoes! Rounding off our weekend of fun in Beijing, we also went to Wangfujing food street to experiment with different Chinese tastes; Chinese food in China will awaken your tastebuds! Most of the snacks here are not for the faint hearted; there are fried insect kebabs, scorpions, starfish, birds and many more creatures that are all edible! Truth be told, some participants doing the paid internships in China program did stay away from some of the more usual meaty snacks. Coming here was really exciting; lots of people read about this area in Wangfujing but don’t always get the opportunity to set foot here. What a tiring but eventful weekend with our young clients, I know after a weekend like that we are all wishing Monday can come a little later.