Six Months in Beijing and Around

My wanderlust really started in China.  In 2005, with only Malaysia custom stamps on my passport, I arrived at Beijing on a six months work  and study trip.  My time was spent between working on a project at Beijing Tongren Hospital and study at Tsinghua University.

Living and tourism in a foreign country perplexed and intrigued me.  I had doubts on communal living, household chores, winter, backpacking and local transports.  Thankfully, with great friends, we managed to do a lot of things together and have an extremely enjoyable time.

My friends and I frequently travel to places in and outside Beijing whenever we had the chance.  Maybe we were younger, but we had a lot of energy.  There were very few lazy weekends and very few dull moments, quite unlike the semi-comatose life I am leading now.  Those really were the days.

View from my apartment

Now that I am growing old and trying to relive these fond memories, I would write about my life in Beijing and the numerous trips taken.

Life in Beijing

  • Our apartments and neighbourhood
  • City
  • Winter
  • Food


  • Tian An Men
  • Simatai to Jinshanling Great Wall
  • Skiing and Hot Spring


  • Temple fair at Long Tan
  • Tianjin
  • Hengshan and Yungang Grottoes at Datong


  • Taishan and Qufu at Shandong
  • Forbidden City
  • Marco Polo Bridge


  • Jinshanling to Gubeikou Great Wall


  • Badaling Great Wall
  • Shanhaiguan Great Wall


  • Houhai
  • Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall, Bungee Jumping at QinglongXia
  • Kongzhi Miao
  • Shidu
  • Liang Liang Miao


  • Beijing > Xian > Chongqing > Yangtze > Guangdong > Hongkong

1 thought on “Six Months in Beijing and Around

  1. Looking forward to share your study life in Beijing, as I was a student too in year 2005, really want to explore the difference and similarity of two different universities. Time is always slipping away, and it seems we grow old in a second. Sometimes I have to admit the reality of being old (though reluctantly), as I’m beginning to recall those good old memories in childhood and school…….

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