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Top Ten Places to Visit in Beijing

b2ap3_thumbnail_image003_20140714-041713_1.jpg 1. The Great Wall You’re thinking “duh” right? But we’re not suggesting the most popular section, Badaling. Try scenic Mutianyu or take the cheap train to Jinshanling then sleep overnight in the nearby village and get up at 3am to walk up the wall and watch the sunrise. Or just spend the night on top of the wall!     2. Summer Palace Ok, so Summer Palace isn’t exactly a hidden place in Beijing. Everyone including tourists have been several times but it is one of the best places to go during a hot summer day. Rent a boat and relax out on the lake. There’s a cool breeze from the water and in the middle of the lake it’s quite peaceful and serene. Money saving tip: If you’re planning to stay in Beijing for over a year, you can get a very cheap year-round ticket from the middle until...
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08
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Where are the Doritos?

b2ap3_thumbnail_image007_20140408-065428_1.png For our first few weeks in China, we are amazed and excited by all the different types of delicious Chinese food that we can find on every corner. Some of these new foods delight us while other foods may disgust us, but all are equally interesting to taste or smell. However, after a while, some homesickness sets in. We crave grilled cheese, decadent chocolate or a good old bowl of cereal. Luckily, if you live in a big city like Beijing or Shanghai, you will be able to find these treasures albeit at a higher cost than you would pay for them at home. In Beijing, you’ll want to keep an eye out for two stores: Jenny Lou’s and April Gourmet. Jenny Lou’s has a bright green and yellow banana sign and currently has ten locations. However, if you don’t live on the east side of Beijing, you won’t be able to...
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MAR
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Day trip from Beijing

b2ap3_thumbnail_image001_20140318-103032_1.jpgIn a previous post here, we talked about three short-haul trips from Beijing. However, there are quite a few more possibilities and today we’ll be talking about how to get to another great location when you have a free weekend. As an intern in Beijing, you will most likely want to not only explore the city but also other cool places in the near vicinity. Shidu Located about 80km to the SW of Beijing, Shidu literally means “tenth crossing” because you need to cross the Juma River ten times in order to get to the town. The best time to visit is between March and October. What to do in Shidu? Bamboo rafting down the river is a very fun and relaxing activity in Shidu. The cost is RMB 30 for one hour. Bungee jumping is also available for around RMB 200. If you’re going with a group of friends or...
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JAN
08
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High-speed trains in China

intern in China and take a high speed trainChina is a massive country, one of the world's largest. But exploring this vast land isn't as difficult as it looks. The Middle Kingdom is in the midst of rapidly expanding its transport infrastructure. New flight and high-speed rail routes are opening up all the time. There's never been an exciting time to travel within China than now! Whether you're doing an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai, you're in luck: Both cities - one the political capital, the other the financial one - are two of China's premier transport hubs. Getting where you want to be is cake. Below is some information about the country's high-speed trains to help you as an intern in China get your travel plans off the ground. In a later post, we'll look at travel by air. High-Speed Trains. One of the best ways to travel in China is no doubt by high-speed...
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JAN
03
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Three things to know about Beijing before you arrive

GET in2 China CCTVBeijing is a vast cosmopolitan city constantly reinventing itself. For the short-term traveler or the long-term resident, the city is one that never grows tired. If you plan on doing an internship in Beijing, China’s capital, below are three things you should know before you arrive.  Hutongs. Located in the center of the city, or what is widely considered old Beijing, are charming lanes and alleyways known as hutongs. There used to be more than present, but the vast majority were wiped away in the name of development. But don’t fret. More than enough remain for you to explore as an intern in China. After having visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the city’s major temples, the hutongs remain. Because they cover a vast area of Beijing, you’ll likely only scratch the surface during your time in China. You’ll never grow bored exploring them, no matter how...
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DEC
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China Internship Testimonial: Bradley Coushman

Bradley Coushman - Gi2C InternBradley Coushman hails from “fantastic” San Francisco, CA, USA. “It’s home to Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, IBM, Intel, Chevron, Visa, and Virgin America”, he told us making it a fantastic place to be from indeed! Bradley is 29 and studied Fashion Design/Business for his bachelors and is studying Luxury Brand Management for his masters. For his internship program in China, he will be working with a marketing and events team to organize PR and trade shows. Bradley hopes to get a lot out of his time in China and is “looking forward to getting an international business perspective, and diversify my work experience. I hope to create good professional contacts around the world to help facilitate growth for myself, my career, and my peers.” We were curious, why did Bradley choose China? “I decided to take an internship in China for a few reasons. China is one of the fastest growing economies in...
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DEC
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China Internship Testimonial: Joost van Opstal

JoostWe recently interviewed Joost a few days before his arrival in China and look forward to hearing an update from him now that he's arrived! Joost, please tell us a bit about yourself. I am from Breda, Netherlands.  I am 27 years old.  I majored in International Tourism Management. Which company will you be interning at?  I'll be interning at a five star hotel in Beijing. What do you know so far about the kind of work you’ll be doing? I'll most likely be working in different departments within Rooms Division like Front Office and Guest Services, ensuring guests have a care free and memorable stay! What are you hoping to get out of your internship? I'm actually taking a step back by conducting this internship. I worked as a Guest Service Manager in the Netherlands, but due to the crisis in Europe there are few spaces left for personal growth...
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DEC
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China Internship Testimonial: Andrea De Grazia

Andrea De Grazia and his internship in Beijing Doing an internship in Beijing for Andrea De Grazia was a no brainer. "I believe China is the right place in order to start an international career in the financial sector." Andrea will do his internship at Montpelier Group, an international wealth management and and offshore tax planner with offices around Asia. He says he chose China because it's the world's fastest developing major economy. The world's top multinational firms have a significant presence here, another alluring factor. "I know that my responsibilities will be learning the trading activities of the company and participating in its corporate activities," says Andrea of Forex. The 24-year-old from Reggio Calabria, Italy, who holds degrees from schools in Milan and the UK, plans on making the most of his China internship program. "I hope to get experience in the wealth management field in order to enhance my knowledge and skills and to start a career in this sector.  At the same time...
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OCT
09
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Day trip from Beijing: Qinhuangdao

Head out for a day trip from Beijing to ShanhaiguanFor those doing an internship in Beijing, believe it or not: There is a beach not too far away (especially if you're traveling at 150 km/hr on a bullet train). While it may not be Boracay in the Philippines, Phuket in Thailand or even up to par with some of China's other beaches, the beach at Beidaihe in the city of Qinghuangdao is worth the day trip to escape the concrete jungle that is Beijing. And, Qinghuangdao has other sites worth exploring. So, add a bit of travel outside Beijing during your China internship program. Qinhuangdao awaits! (For other short-haul trips from Beijing, click here) Understand Qinhuangdao is divided into three districts: Beidaihe to the west, Qinhuangdao proper in the center and Shanhaiguan to the east. It takes an hour by bus or taxi to travel from Beidaihe to Shanhaiguan, so depending on what you wish to see and do, you'll need to...
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JAN
09
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"Go East, Young Man"

goeastyoungmanChina Daily, an English language newspaper in China, recently featured an article from Erik Nilsson and Thomas Hale titled, "Go Easy, Young Man." China Daily - "Go East, Young Man" The article, published nearly one year after  the New York Times published an identically titled article, discusses the growing trend of young Westerners heading to China for adventure and opportunity. As the article quips, "They come for the adventure. They stay for the jobs." Human Resource professionals agree that gaining work experience in China is a smart tactic for Westerners. Professional work experience in China may prove not only meaningful but also marketable when you return home. The China Daily article featured stories from a handful of young professionals living and working in China, lured to the East by a promising economic environment and a sense of mysticism. This is certainly not the first time in history that young people have been drawn to economically prosperous regions, in-fact it happens...
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JAN
02
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Life in Beijing: 5 Favorite Chinese Food Experiences

Chuan'r in SanLiTunLike Steve Jobs, we tell our interns to "stay hungry." We know that all of our interns come to China seeking personal and professional development. Most of the young people we host come for their internship in Beijing motivated, with a huge appetite for newness and opportunity. They also come to China with a huge appetite for all of the delicious Chinese food that can be found all-over Beijing and Shanghai. From street-side noodles to five-star fine dining, China has an amazingly rich and diverse culinary scene. Previously we featured a post - Life in Beijing: 5 Must-Visit Restaurants for New Interns Though this post is similar in focus, we have expanded the scope a bit to cover what we consider to be our 5 favorite "Chinese food experiences." There are times when food transcends its role of being simply sustenance and becomes something more. Those situations are what we call food experiences....
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DEC
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Life in Beijing: Laowai Style


Psy - Laowai StyleHey Interns! Starting to feel comfortable in Beijing? Would you say that your living, "laowai style?" Check out this hilarious viral video about Beijing:   Cheers,   Get in2 China Team
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DEC
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China Launches World's Longest High-Speed Rail Line


Picture of G80 Train Ticket (Taken from South China Morning Post)It used to take more than 22 hours, almost an entire day, to get from Beijing to Guangzhou by train. But beginning on Wednesday, December 26, that same journey can be completed in only 8 hours. Traveling through five provinces and more than twenty eight cities, the newest addition to China's high-speed rail lines covers a distance of 2,300 kilometers - 1,428 miles for all you Americans out there. The trains seat 1,028 passengers in 16 different carriages including: first-class, second-class, and business class. One-way ticket prices are as follows: 865 RMB for Second-Class 1,383 RMB for First-Class 2,972 RMB for VIP Lounge Picture of G80 Train Ticket (Taken from South China Morning Post) The line has been completed after seven years of construction. It is impressive that the government in Beijing was able to complete such a large-scale development project amid layers of corruption and extended delays. After a bullet train...
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Beijing - Live Active!

So, you have finally decided to come to Beijing for an internship? Great decision. First, because an internship in one of the world’s most vibrant cities will be a great contribution to your future. Second, because Beijing is the city to be if you are a young, energetic, open-minded and adventurous person. Beijing has been China’s capital city for nearly 600 years. At present, with a population of roughly 20 million people, it is one of the fastest-growing, and most densely populated cities in the world. In addition, since China began opening its doors to the outside world, Beijing has turned into an international hub and popular tourist destination. At the same time, China's continuous economic growth has had a significant influence on the development of the city's infrastructure and overall standard of living. Presently, China's capital is a very comfortable city to live in. Though only a small percentage of...
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25
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Intern Updates: T'ai Chi at Ritan Park (Beijing)

Beijing is a city characterized by a somewhat constant state of confusion and contradiction. Living is Beijing, you often feel as if you are continuously straddling two different worlds. One world is a city undergoing full-throttle modernization, the other is still trying to honor the  foundation of the capital's past, one built on centuries of history and tradition. The swirling of the past, present, and future - that is what Beijing is about. And though you are able to take a world-class subway system to work and pick-up a Starbucks coffee on your way into the office, there are certain parts of life in Beijing that serve as a reminder that the city is a crucible of Chinese culture, and that even as much of the city transforms, certain traditions carry on. One of these notable customs is the practice of T'ai Chi. Head to one of Beijing's many parks during...
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19
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Life in Beijing: 5 Must-Visit Restaurants For New Interns

As soon as new interns arrive in Beijing, they are itching to get a taste of what the city is all about.  One of the best ways to gain an understanding of local culture is to sample the wide variety of cuisine available in China's capital city. After getting interns sorted out at our internship orientation, one of the most common questions our new arrivals have is, "where should we eat?" In response, we have decided to compile this list of 5 Must-Visit Beijing Restaurants For New Interns. 1.) Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant All Beijingers know that there is no meal in the city that screams "BEIJING" more than Beijing duck.  The city is flush with award-winning duck joints. Deciding which restaurant serves the "Ultimate Beijing Duck" is largely a matter of personal preference.  Some poultry purveyors prefer the layers of juicy fat found underneath the golden brown skin of Quan...
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Guest — Chinaintern
Haidilao is the best! I could eat there every week.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 17:24
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