Everyone arrived safely today in Beijing and the China Prep programs leaders greeted the collegiate students at Beijing’s new massive international terminal. Having just missed the snow from the night before (a rare occurrence in Beijing) the group took the bus back to the hotel to check in and get settled, seeing the results of the storm dusted on car tops and buildings along the way.
After dropping off our things and getting oriented, we drove off to dinner at a Dongbei (North-eastern Chinese cuisine) restaurant and started to get to know each other over a great dinner that included stir-fried lamb with cumin and cilantro, the northern “three specialties” of eggplant potato and peppers, sweet and sour fried fish, and dumplings. We also had shelled peanuts with vinegar, which were delicious and/or frustrating depending on your chopstick skill level.
Full from dinner, we got back on the bus and took a short ride (and for some, a short nap) to see Tiananmen gate and square during the evening lit up. We rode back to the hotel shortly after, with jetlag starting to set in and a big day ahead of us Monday.