This is me in the middle of Tiananmen Square!
As of today, I have officially spent one whole week in China, and finished half of a class! We had our first test in Manufacturing on Thursday, and it was probably the hardest test I have taken on study abroad so far. There was a TON of material on it...but everyone felt the same way so we will see! After our test, our Professor felt that we should experience fun "like the Chinese have fun." He rented us a whole room to do Karaoke! Surprisintly, it was way more fun than I had anticipated! Everyone got really into it, and it turned into everyone just dancing and singing our favorite songs together. There are about 8 students from the National University of Singapore on our trip, and they even joined us!
This morning, we took a class trip to Tiananmen Square.
Infront of the Forbidden City!
We had to take the subway, which was really crowded and inconvenient and took about an hour longer than it would have had we taken a taxi. Chen (our professor) wanted to teach us how to take it, but I definitely don't plan on doing so again! Sadly, when we got there, it was raining and they were fixing the place that they keep Mao's body and it won't be open until October! I was really disappointed because I wanted to see if his body was real! The square itself wasn't too impressive...it was just a big square. I'm sure that they were just getting the museum ready for the Olympics...just like most of the buildings here. The Forbidden City was right across the street, so after we walked around the square, we took a tour of it. It is called the Forbidden City because it was off limits for 500 years but it is now the largest and best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China! The Ming and the Qing dynasties both resided there. We hired a personal tour guide (for about 2 US dollars a person) who spoke English pretty well and had many interesting stories about the city. It was nice to be able to hear what went on in the temples rather than just look at them!