When asked about their life in Beijing, many foreigners praise the convenience of the city – be it riding shared bicycles, ordering meals or shopping online.
Shared Bicycles and Takeaway Meals
|Women on shared bikes [Women of China / Fan Wenjun]|
Natasha, a Russian woman working as a reporter in Beijing, has lived in the Chinese capital for two years. "I felt like coming to Beijing when I was studying Chinese in Russia. Now I am here. Beijing is a modern city with many historical sites, and I like the Summer Palace most," she says.
"Chinese people are warm-hearted, and they are willing to offer help. I can quickly find my way anywhere. The traffic in Beijing is convenient. I can take the bus or subway, and I often ride the shared bicycles," she adds.
|Roasted Peking duck|
Food in Beijing is also pleasing to Natasha. She says, “Roasted Peking duck is delicious, and I often order carry-out meals. I also go online shopping, which is much more convenient than in Russia.”
Ura, who comes from Poland, has been living in Beijing with her husband for over two years, and says she enjoys the experience .
Although she has been learning only a short time, Ura can now talk with people in Mandarin. "It is convenient to learn Chinese. I go to the Chinese school, and I also learn Chinese in the community for free. I am eager to learn Chinese culture," says Ura.
"Traditional Chinese culture attracts me so much. I want to learn Chinese calligraphy and painting if I have time," Ura adds.
Spring Festival Celebration
|Foreigners write Chinese calligraphy. [Youth.cn]|
Many foreigners in Beijing learn paper cutting and writing Spring Festival couplets. They watch traditional archery and sugar-figure blowing. They are also attracted by traditional Chinese sugar painting.
Elena, a nine-year-old girl who comes from Lithuania, hopes to discover Chinese culture in Beijing. "Education in Beijing is convenient. She studies at the Canadian International School of Beijing and she likes her Chinese teacher a lot," says Elena’s mother.
(Source: Youth.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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