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Week One

I am in Beijing! Although sometimes it feels like I'm in Manhattan, except with Chinese characters everywhere...yes it is that advanced. I can't begin to count how many sky rises I have seen here, and of course I have already been to McDonald's and my hotel is amazing!
Ama Frimpong in Tiananmen Squire with 17 of her closest friends!I am in Beijing! Although sometimes it feels like I'm in Manhattan, except with Chinese characters everywhere...yes it is that advanced. I can't begin to count how many sky rises I have seen here, and of course I have already been to McDonald's and my hotel is amazing! I may have had to wake up at 2.30 am and lost about a day in the traveling process BUT it was all worth it. I love Beijing, I love China. Before the group left, we had a sort of classroom orientation to become acquainted with Chinese culture, history and language. All this paid off because I already had some of the information repeated by the tour guides, which makes me feel smart. Yesterday we visited Capital Steel, an impressively extensive government-owned factory and in addition to learning about the business aspects and prospects of the company, we were able to see the actual production of steel in the factory. I must say that was an incredible experience. However, being a food lover I must say that the highlight(s) of my week have been every single meal. Breakfast at the hotel has over 200 choices buffet-style, and dinner is always a sight, right from the dining room to the presentation of food to the blend of different tastes and flavors. I tried duck last night...scrumptious! Today we are visiting the Great Wall and a jade factory. Am I excited? Yes indeed!