Hounours Students Beijing 2015

Andrew 

1. If you could describe your experience in china over the last few months in just one word what would it be?

Eventful.

2. If you had known before you came here what you know now, would you have changed your preparations for coming here in any way? and if so how?

Having a local sim card in your phone makes communicating with the lab and other friends when you go off sightseeing so effortless, as not every place has wifi. And since you are essentially illiterate with the letters in the Chinese language being totally different, having constant communication with the lab is a godsend. I didn’t think to check whether my phone was unlocked or not before going out so had to unlock it whilst in China, which isn’t the simplest. So before heading out make sure your phone is unlocked or you have a spare phone to take out with you.

3. What things would you advise future students to bring that you may have forgotten, or ran out of?

Your favourite type of British comfort food. For me Chinese food was incredibly tasty, however, I did miss crisps. Mainly Kettle Chips. So if I could tell past me anything it would be to make some room in my case for kettle chips. And Earl Grey tea. Normal British tea is pricey in China.   

4. Outside of work what things would you recommend a visiting student should do to get the most from their visit?

For me, going along to the universities tennis club was the best thing I could have done. You meet some great people who are always willing to help and show you nice restaurants and help you find the guy on the road who can fix your bike. Getting friendly with some local students is a great way to make your life that little bit easier. I fully recommend joining some kind of sports club (if you play a sport that is). 

5. Any other comments?

European plugs work in China, which I didn’t know. I bought a special Chinese converter plug, which was tough to find. EU plugs work as well in China.

In all of Chinas obscurities, every Chinese person I encountered was so helpful and pleasant. Embrace the time you have here and the different culture and you’ll love it. 

 

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1. if you could describe your experience in china over the last few months in just one word what would it be?

Incredible

2. If you had known before you came here what you know now, would you have changed your preparations for coming here in any way? and if so how?

I didn’t know much about China, only the things you hear on the news, before travelling out there. I wasn’t prepare for was the culture change or the thought of using chop sticks every day. Having never been to that side of the world it was no surprise that it would be different, but that just added to the experience.

I had problems getting my phone to work with a Chinese sim card, I took an older phone out with me which also didn’t work so I recommend checking to see if your phone will work before going. Download a vpn before you go, without it, you won’t get access to Facebook and YouTube, and it might be difficult to use google scholar.

3. What things would you advise future students to bring that you may have forgotten, or ran out of?

Prepare for extremely warm weather and then a change to cold weather so take appropriate clothes. Any toiletries can be replaced there. Maybe take so snacks that you like but there is a shop that’s easy to get to that sells well known import brands

4. Outside of work what things would you recommend a visiting student should do to get the most from their visit?

Visit the major tourist attractions and explore Beijing, as there is so much to see. Also take your student card to get discounts on entry fees at the Great Wall, The Forbidden City and other sites.

5. any other comments?

Beijing was an amazing city to visit and live in but definitely a shock in terms of culture change. The lab team are friendly and easy to work with, as are many people in the city. I would recommend buying a bike as it makes it very easy to get to and from the lab and visit nearby places. I am definitely glad I went and would love to go back to visit other places in China. I highly recommend applying for the projects and if selected you should definitely go.

Kristina

1.     If you could describe your experience in china over the last few months in just one word what would it be?

 Awesome

2.     If you had known before you came here what you know now, would you have changed your preparations for coming here in any way? and if so how?

I underestimated how hot it was going to be as well as how cold it got. I would definitely have brought more than one pair of thermals and some waterproof trousers would have been pretty useful.

 I would have brought my own face mask aswell

3.     What things would you advise future students to bring that you may have forgotten, or ran out of?

 I forgot to bring a waterproof coat, so ended up having to buy cheap ponchos. Make sure you have the normal stuff like painkillers, but antihistamines would have been pretty good. I had a bad reaction to mosquitos and went to a Chinese pharmacy, but all the medication is obviously in Chinese so better to be safe and bring your own.

 4.     Outside of work what things would you recommend a visiting student should do to get the most from their visit? 

The normal touristy things such as Forbidden City, summer palace and the great wall. But I wish I had planned better and managed to see other places, the four months goes so fast. I would totally recommend karaoke and hot pot (food). Also try hami melon.

 5.     Any other comments? 

For the person going to Wenzhou:

-       Take sports clothing, as the students like to play badminton, basketball and table tennis. There is also a running track.

-       Make sure you have some movies and reading material. Would not recommend this one for someone who gets home sick easily or doesn’t like being alone.

-       Need a decent bug spray, would recommend jungle formula