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Szeto Ka Ming, Faculty of Arts

Programme: National Putonghua Proficiency Exam

and Cultural Studies Programme

Partner Institution: Beijing Language and Culture University

Period: July 10—23, 2023

It was an incredible opportunity to travel to Beijing to learn Putonghua and experience the local culture. From the moment I arrived in the city, I was captivated by the vibrant energy and rich history that surrounded me.

Although challenging, the language lessons were significantly enjoyable. I was amazed at how easily I picked up the fundamentals of Mandarin and how much more at ease I felt conversing with the natives. The instructors were patient and skilled at explaining the nuances of the language, and I appreciated the chance to practice my new skills in real-life situations.

The high point of my trip was the cultural tour. We visited some of Beijing's most well-known sites, such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the Temple of Heaven. The size and grandeur of these ancient structures, as well as the level of skill and attention to detail that went into their construction, astounded and awed me.  

I also gained a sense of contemporary Chinese culture, from the lively nightlife to the bustling markets. I loved trying new foods, exploring local markets, and meeting people from all walks of life. Everywhere I went, I felt welcomed and embraced by the warmth and hospitality of the Chinese people.

Overall, my trip to Beijing was an incredible adventure that broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to a new world. I left feeling inspired, energized, and eager to continue exploring the wonders of Chinese language and culture.


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