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August 6, 2010 11:23 AM Subscribe
I'm studying abroad in Beijing in a month! What do I need to bring, and what do I need to know? (I've never even left the US before!)
posted by showbiz_liz to travel & transportation (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be living in a dorm with a Chinese roommate for four months, September through December. Visa's taken care of, I have Bank of America so getting ahold of money won't be an issue, I feel like I have the basics down in terms of what to pack (ie, bring all the shoes and deodorant I'll need but buy most of my shirts there), I've read my Lonely Planet and some blogs, I have my travel blog on its own domain so it won't be blocked, and I have a UNC shirt and chocolate bars for my roommate.
But I'm still so nervous! I'm sure there's nothing I can do to FULLY prepare myself, but I'd like to know if the collective Meficonsciousness can help prepare me any more. I knew almost nothing about modern China before I decided to do this, and I've never even traveled west of the Mississippi before. The most alien place I've ever lived is Chicago (I'm from NC). Also, I know no Chinese, but I'm trying to learn some basics before I get there.
So, what else do I need to know? Besides what the guidebooks can tell me, I mean? I have dual goals of not embarrassing myself/my nation, and enjoying the hell out of myself. (My roommate's advice was "spend all your money on food and don't be scared of anything but the dogs." I guess I'm looking for more like that!)