The celebration of China’s “National Holiday” is, not surprisingly, an epic event in China. China’s birthday is celebrated with an eight day vacation from work – the most significant break of the year. Since we also didn’t have classes on the days immediately preceding and following said vacation, we actually got ten days off of work! This is the last break that we know of until our contracts are over in February, so we have decided to celebrate China’s birthday by visiting the capital of the country, Beijing, as well as the largest city in central China and capital of the Hubei Province, Wuhan.
So far we have seen Tian’anmen Square and Forbidden City in Beijing.
We also have spent a total of 4ish hours searching for a Starbucks (there are supposedly over 50 in Beijing!). Don’t worry… we finally found two! Although one was closed… 😦
In the following days, I’ll be updating about our experiences in Beijing, Wuhan, and Changsha (since I’ve been slacking on the blogging front…).