Now we've seen The Great Wall!

We took the bus from Beijing to a section of the wall that was directly north of Beijing. We were really lucky with the weather, by Chinese standards, since you could almost see the sky. Sometimes the sky was slightly blue. The season, in my opinion, was perfect since the color of the leaves on the trees in mountains had started changing and that was truly beautiful. Of course there were a lot of people, but not just Chinese people also some foreigners.

The wall itself is magnificent and the fact that it was built so many years ago and still is so intact is mind blowing. Some parts of the wall were extremely steep so I would not recommend going there in the winter if there is ice, because then I would be impossible to walk on. How they managed to build in such a rugged terrain is also really impressive.



The trip to the desert with Miro and his host family was also really great. Geographically the desert is in the east of China in the Ningxia province. We stayed in the city Zhongwei for 3 days before returning to Beijing. Sledges were sold everywhere along the roads. To start with I thought it was quite weird because there was no snow, but then I realized that you of course use them in the sand dunes.
We travelled back and forth with night trains, which was awesome to try and comfortable if you aren't more than 1,60 meters tall...



The 19th summit of China's leaders will soon take place, so there have been added insane amounts of security everywhere. At the subway station I enter in the morning there are 20 bao an, which are some kind of police as far as I've understood. Between school and the subway station, I see more policemen than I would see in a whole year in Denmark.
At every subway station, I've been at the previous days, there has also been placed two soldiers outside and two down in the subway.


Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
Great Wall - Chang Cheng 长城
Extremely long - Fei Chang Chang 非常长
Bus - Gong Gong Qi Che 公共汽车
Sand - Sha 沙
Meeting - Hui 会


Take care ;)

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Hi everyone

Friday the 29th of September our school, Beijing 57 High School, held what they say is their biggest event. The Sports Meeting.
Every class at the school makes a show, mostly dances, and then perform it in front of the whole school. Our class also danced and we got a 3. place for our performance, which was really great. As crazy as it may sound we didn't wear school uniforms that day. Each class had made their own outfits for the performance. Ours was a tiger's head with Italian writing around it. I am a foreigner so of course I had to be in the front during the show and also carry our class's flag, when we marched around...
There were many other performances by students from different classes like Kung-Fu and military marching.
The school had rented a whole stadium for the event. After all the classes had shown their shows the sport competitions started and I ran 4x100 meters for my class. The weather was really good, but the air quality could have been better.
About lunchtime we had to leave, because we had an orientation meeting with YFU, our exchange organisation.

Apparently, they aren't aloud to have more than a week of holiday, so we sadly had to be in school Saturday the 30th.
After school they held a Mid-Autumn Festival, so there were lanterns hanging everywhere and small lights hung everywhere too. Moon cakes are also a big part of this festival so there were a huge amount of them too. This day we also had to perform, but on our own. Miro, Aaron, the Italian guy that lives at the school, and I had a show together. A Chinese person from the audience had to come on the scene and say a sentence in one of our languages and then they would get a small gift.
Our original idea was to show how hard German sounds, as seen on the videos on YouTube. Although, the ones in charge of the show didn't find that funny.
The air quality was bad that day, but they were all talking about how beautiful the moon was. Even though it was hard to see through all the smog.

Today, 1st of October, Miro, his host family and I will be going on holiday to the desert in the Ningxia province of China and I'm pretty excited for that!

Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
Sports Meeting - Yundong hui 运动会
Dance - Tiaowu 跳舞
Running - Paobu 跑步
Moon cake - Yuebing 月饼
Desert - Shamo 沙漠


Take care ;)

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Hi everyone :)

A YFU volunteer and most of the exchange students in Beijing visited the Lama Temple, which is the most impressive and famous Buddhist temple in Beijing. It even has it’s own subway station. Luckily the weather was really good when we visited it, so sunshine and everything.

The entrance was built the same way as the entrance at the Hutong. Red with many small paintings in Chinese style. We paid 25 yuan/kr. or 3,2€, which isn’t much and goes to the maintenance of the the temple. It was really beautiful and smokey, since you got a pack of incenses that you could set on fire and then they would send out smoke and a scent. You had to burn three together and they each resembled different things.
The middle one - Buddha
The left one - The Buddhist law
The right one - The buddhist believers
Then you had to wish while they burned and afterwards put them into one of the two dragon shaped containers. Incenses burn for quite some time so nearly nobody, including us, wait for them to finish burning. They put the sticks in the container and then they burn out down there.


Impressive fits the description of the buildings pretty well. They were painted beautifully and well preserved. Inside each building you could burn more incents and pray. It was prohibited to take photos inside the buildings and if you took pictures your wish wouldn’t come true.
As a sign of respect you shouldn’t step on the thresholds either.
Inside one of the buildings there is a wooden carved “Maidala Buddha”, which is 26 meters tall if you count the 8 meters buried beneath the surface. This rosewood Buddha has also been listed in one of the Guinnes World Record books.

If/When your wish comes true you have to come back and burn another 3 incents as a sign of appreciation.


Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
Buddha - Foxiang 佛像
Temple - Simiao 寺庙
Incent - Xiang 香
Smoke - Yan 烟
Beautiful - Piao liang 漂亮


Take care ;)

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Hi everyone :)

Sorry it’s been a while, but I’ve had some problems with my internet connection.

In Beijing the public transportation is on point. There are different kinds of transportation. Bus, subway, taxi and then they have shared bikes. Which are bikes all over Beijing, which you can rent for 1 yuan/krone or 13 cents per hour. Different kinds of shared bikes exist and OFO and Mobike are the biggest and most popular bikes. OFO is yellow and Mobike is orange, but there are also other companies like Unigogo, which is light blue. The bikes are everywhere and there are insane amounts of them. You can download apps, where you can see exactly where the bikes are, since all of the bikes have a tracker. With the app you also pay for the bikes. You scan the QR-code that is on the lock and then you get a code to unlock the bike. Some bikes just unlock by themselves, when you’ve scanned the QR-code. The lock makes some kind of sound when unlocked and all day when you’re walking around you can hear the sound of bikes being unlocked. They seem very popular and it’s good for the environment that people use bikes instead of vehicular transport.

The buses here compared to the Danish buses arrive way more often, but there are also a lot more people here compared to Denmark. You never wait for more than 5 minutes and in Denmark you wait at least 30 minutes if you miss the bus. In Denmark we have apps that tell us when the bus will arrive, so we can be there on time. Over here you just go to the bus stop and the bus will arrive right away. There are so many different bus routes. I drive with bus number 505, but there are a dozen other buses that could get me to the same destination. The buses are so packed during rush hour and sometimes there isn’t enough room for all the people. Luckily, I have always made it on the bus. For the bus ride I pay 1 yuan/ krone or 13 cents and that’s a lot cheaper than in Denmark, where you would pay 10 yuan/krones or 1,3 euros.

I can’t really compare the subway with anything, since we only have a subway in Copenhagen and I haven’t used it, because I live in Kolding. Although, I find it extremely efficient. The subway arrives even faster than the bus. Depending on which line you take, there can be less than 3 or 2 minutes between each subway. During rush hour the subway is of course also very packed. Both on the subway and in the transfers as you can see on the picture. Normally, it costs me 4 yuan/krones or 51 cents for 5 stops, which I can imagine is a lot cheaper than the Danish subway. Before you get down in the subway you have to go through a security check like at the airport. It is not as serious as an airport security check though. You still have to send your bag through a scanner and sometimes go through a metal detector, but that’s just really stupid. Since they don’t ask you to take of any metal and it beeps, but no-one cares. On the other hand, if they had to check every single person thoroughly it would take hours before you got through, when so many people use it.

For both subway and bus you can buy a traffic card, which is really smart and you can easily refill your traffic card in the subway and it’s way quicker than buying a ticket each time. We also have the same system in Denmark.

All the scooters here are electrical, which is both good for the environment and our ears, because there are a lot of scooters. It seems like there is roughly half as many scooters as cars. Cars are also taken very serious. There are a lot of electrical cars, but also all the cars are expensive. You never see a really shitty car. It is as if you can’t afford a good car you would rather not have one.


Relevant Chinese vocabulary:

Bike - Zi xing che 自行车

Bus - Gong gong qi che 公共汽车

Subway - Di tie 地铁

Scooter - Dian dong che 电动车

Vehicle - Che 车


Take care ;)

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Hi everyone,

I’ve now arrived at my long-term host family and they are so kind. They live in Haidian like my temporary host family, but further westwards. Haidian is in the west of Beijing.

My host mother is called Lian, my host father Yehua and I have a brother who is 9 years old. His Chinese name is Quanzi, he also has a European name, which is Harry and he will have home schooling this year. As a free time activity he plays the Chinese fiddle, Er Hu. I also have a host sister, but she studies at a boarding school so I haven’t seen her yet. She also has two names: Xin and Amy. You can probably figure out which is which.

It’s a bit harder to get to the centre of the city from here, since I have to take the bus 20 minutes to get to the nearest subway station. All in all it doesn’t bother me unless it is during rush hour because then it can take up to 50 minutes…
They just moved here two weeks ago, so there is no bathroom door yet haha. Instead we have a temporary curtain, but the door will come this weekend. The house is inside a community where you need a key-card to enter. We live on the ground floor and have a garden, but so far the family has been busy with work so they haven’t had time for the garden. They are pretty excited to have garden in Beijing though, because most of the citizens live in apartments and don’t have gardens.
My host family really care about the environment. They don’t have a car so they minimise air pollution and they have solar heated water instead of water heated by electricity. Apparently, they are also vegetarian, but I find that great! Since I don’t like the kind of meat they eat here. It’s more like fat with meat on it. So I’m looking forward to some delicious tofu instead. Then I can get some good meat at a restaurant if I really crave meat.

Studying is also going good. I’m learning 24 new characters/words everyday day.
I have chosen calligraphy as an extra subject, but I think that I will change to basketball, because you have to do calligraphy with the right hand in order for it to look good. I’m left-handed so that’s going to be a challenge.
We had “P.E” or rather military training. We were marching like soldiers and reacting to orders, then we ran 800 meters and that was it. Not that much sport involved, but still fun to try. All day you can hear the students yelling “ Yi, er, san, si!”simultaneously, whilst having P. E.

Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
Garden - Yuanzi 院子
Studying - Xuexi 学习
Character - Zi 字
Family - Jia 家
Tofu - Doufu 豆腐

My host family is in the bottom right corner of the group photo.

Take care ;)

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Hi everyone :)
​Today was our first day at the Chinese school and my impressions are mixed.

Firstly, the school is huge! There are 2.400 pupils and that’s only from 7th grade and up and they started the school year with speeches in the schoolyard. Then there are school uniforms, which are different depending on which grade you are in. Our’s for example is blue and white, which is the one the 10th graders wear. I don’t really care about wearing a school uniform, since I’ve tried it before.

The school’s facilities are also very impressive, since they have 2 observatories, a 7D cinema and a flight simulator that is used for educating pilots. So you can become a pilot whilst being a student. Apart from that there is a vast amount of other activities like archery, martial arts and calligraphy.
There are a lot of rules at this school too and there is surveillance everywhere. More than 2 cameras in every classroom and I also had to cut my hair, because it was too long. My hair isn’t considered long in Europe, but here it’s still too long.

We went to the school Thursday the 31st, but that was only to find school uniforms that fit, finish the last paperwork and buy our schoolbooks. Schoolbooks in China are also really cheap. The total price of our 16 schoolbooks was 140 yuan/kr. or 18€. In Denmark that wouldn’t be more than one book. Nevertheless, we got a tour around the school and were introduced some of our future classmates.
The walls of school are all decorated with the best student from the previous year, which is quite different from Denmark.
We also have our own room and we are the only ones who have access to it and we can use it during lunch break.

Apparently we were chosen, because of our grades. They said that we are the best from YFU, so they expect us to be very serious about school and keep up as good as we can, although everything is in Chinese. Apart from that we need to pass at least HSK level 4 according to the school. Although, they would prefer us to pass HSK level 5 and that one of us will pass HSK 6, which would mean that you speak fluent Chinese. That will be an insane amount of work, but worth it in the end.

Today we followed our Chinese class all day, but from the 11th September we’ll have a language course from 7:30-12:05 and then we will follow a normal class afterwards.
I’m looking forward to the language course, because today I didn’t understand a thing the teachers said during the lessons and that was pretty boring…

Sunday I will finally meet my real host family!

Relevant Chinese vocabulary:
School - Xuexiao 学校
Classmate - Tongxue同学
School uniform - Xiaofu 校服
Pilot - Fei xing yuan 飞行员
Hair - Toufa 头发


Take care ;)

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For the past two weeks we’ve had an intensive Chinese language course.
We were taught at the YFU office in Beijing, which is about an hour away from my temporary host family by subway. Miro, the exchange student I’m living with for the first two weeks, and I took the subway from Suzhoujie to Dawanglu.

The course started at 9:30 in the morning and ended at 12 o’clock. Afterwards, we often had lunch all of us together. Outside the building there were many different places that sold food and everything was so cheap. You could get a meal for 12 kroner/yuan or 1,5 euros!

We had two different teachers, because our first teacher had to leave. So in the start of the second week it was a bit confusing, because they didn’t use the same material. We learned a lot of new words and phrases that were useful in everyday life in both pinyin, which is their alphabet, and characters.
Our teacher also had some fun with a permanent marker on our smart board.

Useful Chinese vocabulary:
Subway - Di tie
Lunch - Wu fan
School - Xue xiao
Study - Xue xi
Teacher - Lao shi


Take care ;)

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Hi everyone :)

Today four of us exchange students and a host sister decided to go and see a Hutong, which are really old and traditional Chinese streets or neighbourhoods. It was a day with really good weather, so of course a lot of Chinese women walked around with umbrellas so they wouldn’t get a tan. Quite the opposite of Europe.

The streets were packed with people, after all we are in China, but this was the first place where you would actually see other foreigners. I thought that since Beijing is so huge there ought to be a lot of foreigners, but until now I’ve seen approximately 7 foreigners apart from us exchange students. When we see a person from Asia we don’t really think about it, but over here some people stare at you and take sneaky pictures of you so you don't notice. It’s also really cute when the small kids see you, because they kind of freak out and just stare at you for as long as they can.

The shops in the Hutong were pretty expensive compared to other shops where you can get the same. 19.000 Yuan was the price of a kimono in a very fancy shop. 1 yuan is about 1 Danish krone and 15 cents. The architecture there was very beautiful and especially the paintings of different objects on the wooden parts of the buildings and some trees.


Relevant Chinese vocabulary

Shop - Shangdian 商店

Sunny weather - Qingtian晴天

Umbrella - Yusan 雨伞

Foreigner - Laowai 老外

Photo - Zhaopian 照片


Take care ;)

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Hi Everyone,
so Stig and I started our journey from Kolding Train station at 3 o´clock pm August the 8th. We said goodbye to our families and friends that could be there, but we didn´t really feel nervous. The trip was really nice and we got the most out of Snapchat and Facebook, while we still could. We arrived at Copenhagen Airport at 6 o´clock pm and waited for the 3. Danish exchange student, Harald, who was going to China with us. Whilst in the airport I found out that for first two weeks where we have language courses before the Chinese school starts on September the 1st, I was going to stay with another exchange student from Germany, because my host family was moving to another house. Luckily, we had plenty time before take-off, so I got some gifts for the family as a thanks for hosting me and what is more Danish than LEGO? That was for the son and then I bought some Danish butter cookies, because the Chinese people love Danish bakery goods. In the bakeries here in Beijing they even write that their cookies are Danish. Anyways, the plane left the airport at 9 o´clock in the evening and we prepared for the 9-hour journey. On the plane we had dinner, which sadly consisted of chicken and rice., which will probably be the thing I'm going to eat the most of, but on the other hand i need to get used to it anyway. Finally, after a kind of sleepless night we arrived at Beijing Airport and we got out of the plane and could immediately feel the pollution, but it wasn't bad. It felt like a slight scratching and after just 30 minutes we didn´t notice it anymore. Apart from that the Airport was gigantic,. we had to take a train just to get to our luggage. Then we met with some volunteers and the German exchange students, who had arrived an hour before us. Outside the airport we found a bus and took it out to an hotel ca. 80 kilometres outside Beijing, where we were going to stay the next 3 days. Here we met with all the other exchange students who were going to stay all over China. There were many nationalities, surprisingly half of them were German.

18 German, 3 Danish, 3 Swiss, 2 Italian, 2 French, 2 American, 2 Thai, 2 Finish, 1 Hungarian, 1 Estonian

I shared a room with a German exchange student named Moritz. All of the students were then separated into groups and we had a lot of preparation for our upcoming year. Like how to behave, school life and social life and it was really great to get to know all the others.
The third day we had a BBQ Chinese style and it was good. Afterwards, we sat down and played cards and suddenly there was a lot of thunder and many lightnings. It started to rain unbelievably much and then a german guy named Lasse and Stig went inside and changed to bathing shorts and put shampoo in their hair and then they took a shower in the rain. Lasse has showed me a lot of german music that was really good.
As predicted it was weird not to have access to Facebook and the other social medias. In China they use WeChat, which actually is a combined Facebook and Mobile pay. Although you can pay with WeChat just about everywhere, unlike Mobilepay with which you can’t even pay in supermarkets.
The towels down here are also really small! Like the size of what you dry your hands in.

And now to the food!
Let’s just start with saying that literally everything was different and of course only chopsticks! It was indescribably frustrating to eat rice with chopsticks and we thought we were going to starve, but at the second meal we had figured it out.
The only food that we could recognise was rice, which was a every meal. Even breakfast. Everything was different and had to be tasted ;) About half of it was something that I enjoyed eating whilst not knowing what it was. The white thing in middle is what they apparently call bread at this hotel, which is just really compact marshmallow texture bread that tastes like nothing at all.
The breakfast was not preferable I would say that everything apart from the rice and weird bread had been totally soaked in vinegar and did not taste good at all. Actually, there were some kind of bowls with porridge made of rice that tasted totally fine. I think that during these two days Stig and I have eaten as much vinegar as we would throughout a year in Denmark.
The weirdest thing I’ve experienced until now is the soup where they've literally chopped a chicken in to small parts and put everything in it. In one of the pictures you can see me holding up the head of the chicken and even the feet where in there, but apparently this a kind of speciality. This didn’t persuade me to try it though.

Relevant Chinese words:
Soup – Tang 汤
Chicken meat – Ji rou 鸡肉
Dane – Danmai ren 丹麦人
To eat – Chi 吃
Chopsticks – Kuai 快

That was all for now.
Take care :)

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I will be going to China as an exchange student for 10 months. China wasn't my original choice, New Zealand was, but since I had chosen Chinese as my optional subject and a friend of mine was going to China I chose China. China is also a very different country. Everything is probably different from how it is in Denmark, the people, culture and food. I would really like to know about life in China. Stig, the person from my class who is also going to china, and I have become very close and are traveling together. He has been placed in a city called Shenzhen right besides Hong Kong, which is in the south of China, so it will be very hot at both daytime and nighttime. I have been placed in Beijing, the capital of China. There are about 22 million citizens in Beijing, compared to 5 million people in all of Denmark. I hope to experience a lot of the things that Beijing and China have to offer. Especially the Chinese New Year and I'm really looking forward to meeting my host family and getting to know them.

Take care :)



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