A Peking Duck Dinner

Last night, we ate a traditional Peking Duck dinner, which is only found in Beijing. Here were some of the best dishes served (pictures below):
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Sweetened Yams
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Chinese Cucumbers (where eating the skin is common)
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The Duck “components”: A crepe-like pancake, cucumbers and scallions, and a sweet and sour sauce

第三天:长城很长!; Day 3: The Great Wall!

(As always, translation is below)

我们先吃一个很好吃的早饭。我们坐巴士去慕田峪的长城。大家有很多能源,所以爬长城很容易!我们拍很多照片在顶部。我们做雪橇去下面。坐雪橇很快!我们有时间买东西。讨价还价很重要!有的人买帽子,有的人买磁铁。我们在一家北京农村的餐馆吃午饭。大家觉得中国反很好吃,比美国的中国反更好!

我们然后去798,一个当代艺术区。有的人在这儿买明信片。然后,我们去看一个杂技表演,很有意思!看表演以后我们去吃晚饭。今天晚上的餐馆是北京烤鸭餐馆,是我最好吃的饭!导游教我门怎么折煎饼。

明天我们去故宫,天坛,和一个胡同。明天也有很多好吃的饭。在北京,好玩永不停止!

看看下面的照片。

We first started our day with a very delicious breakfast. We took the bus to go to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall [which is typically less touristy than the other Badaling section of the Wall]. Everyone had a lot of energy, so climbing the Wall was very easy! We took a lot of pictures at the top. We then took a toboggan [luge-type] to go down. It was very fast! We then had some time to buy some things. Bargaining here is very important! Some people bought hats, and some people bought fridge magnets. We had lunch at a restaurant specializing in Beijing countryside cuisine. Everyone thought the Chinese food we’ve had is very delicious, and is better than American Chinese food!

We then went to 798, which is a contemporary art zone. Some people bought postcards here. Then, we went to see an acrobatics show. It was very interesting! After the show we went to eat dinner. Tonight’s dinner was Peking duck, which is my favorite food in China! The guide taught us how to fold the duck pancake.

Tomorrow we are going to the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and a traditional Hutong [alleys with traditional courtyard residences]. Tomorrow will also have delicious food. The fun never stops in Beijing!

Look below for pictures.

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The CCTV building

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Live from a Beijing Acrobatics Show!

What is a pot sticker, anyway?

Hi all!
We are something called a pot sticker as part of our dinner last night. It’s a kind of dumpling, but it is fried by laying the dough on the pan and filling it with vegetables and lemongrass (to give it that tangy flavor). It is served with a traditional sweet and sour sauce.

Other dishes feature at last night’s dinner were: Chicken with spring onions (everyone’s favorite), hot and spicy beef, vegetable sprig rolls, and sautéed noodles.

Stay tuned for more food updates!

The first picture from China!

第二天:北京!; Day 2: Beijing!

我们从北京首都国际机场做巴士到了我们的酒店。酒店很漂亮,也很干净!我们休息休息。我们以后去云南餐馆吃晚饭。大家很饿了!然后,我们去看天安门广场。导游节目我们人民大会堂。

大家很累。我现在去睡觉。明天,我们去看长城!明天见!

We took a bus from Beijing International Airport to our hotel. The hotel is very pretty and clean! We rested for a little while. Afterwards, we went to eat dinner at a restaurant serving cuisine. Everyone was very hungry. Then, we went to see Tiananmen Square. The guide showed us the Great Hall of the People.

Everyone is very tired. I am going to go to sleep now. Tomorrow, we will see the Great Wall! See you tomorrow!

第一天:北京欢迎你!; Day 1: Beijing Welcomes You!

(Translation Below)

我在飞机上写这篇小文章。八个小时以前,我们从纽约起飞了。我们从我们现在的地方到北京首都国际机场要六个小时。

费际国的不错。有的同学睡觉,有的同学听音乐,有的同学看电影。飞机上也有一个其他纽约的学校。

我们有十二个学生和三个老师。我们在北京见二、三个老师。

我们在纽约机场过两个小时。我们拖行李以后,去有的饭店吃一分小吃。我们去登机口做飞机。

我们到北京的时候是下午三点。我们把行李放在小巴。以后,我们做小巴去酒店。我们在卧室就休息休息。今天晚上我们去一家餐馆吃云南菜。我喜欢云南菜;又清单的,又辣的。中国有很多不一样的菜。上海菜是甜的。四川菜和湖南菜是辣的。广东菜是清单的。

在这个勃洛克,你们会读中文和英文的小文章,有时候有别的人写小文章。

好,我现在去睡觉。我们到北京有很高兴!一会儿见!

I am on the plane writing this post. We took off from New York 8 hours ago. We now have 6 hours to go until we land in Beijing’s Capital International Airport.

The plane ride is not bad. Some people are sleeping, some people are listening to music, and some people are watching a movie. There is also another school from New York on the plane.

On our trip, we have 12 students and 3 teachers. We will meet another 2-3 teachers in Beijing.

We will arrive in Beijing at 3:00pm. We will collect our luggage and put it in the bus. Afterwards, we will take a bus to go to our hotel. We will spend some time relaxing in our rooms. Tonight we will go to a restaurant featuring cuisine from Yunnan province. I like Yunnan food-it is spicy but a little light in flavor. Chinese cuisine has many flavors. “Native” Shanghai food is usually sweet. Food from Sichuan and Hunan provinces are quite spicy. Food from Guangdong province is light in flavor.

On this blog, you will be able to read posts in both English and in Chinese. Posts will sometimes be written by other people.

I’m going to go to sleep now. We are all really excited to land in Beijing! See you soon!

We’re leaving, on a jet plane!

Hello!
We said our last goodbyes to people at school and are now on the bus to Newark Aiprort. Our flight to Beijing will depart at 1:00pm.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Welcome!

Welcome to the Benjy in China trip blog!

This is a website which will provide you with updates as our trip progresses. Be sure to click the ‘Follow this Blog’ button on the bottom. By doing so, you will receive emails every time a new post is added. Posts will be written most days of the trip, offering their reflections and perspectives on our experiences with the Chinese language, history, culture and food! Most posts will include pictures from the day’s activities.

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