A 365 Photo Challenge


April 6, 2014

DSC_7030Just some pretty lady looking at some pretty buildings.



April 5, 2014

DSC_7017Beijing’s SOHO district is definitely the place to be if you want to feel like you’re in the West again.


April 4, 2014

DSC_6996We are staying in the coolest place in Beijing this weekend. It’s stuck way in the back of an old hutong (traditional Chinese neighborhood) in the middle of Beijing and is absolutely beautiful. It is just an old family home that has been converted into a very nice hostel with an extremely friendly staff. And they even have this beautiful balcony from which to enjoy the weather!


April 3, 2014

DSC_6981The weather is still holding out and tomorrow we are off for a long weekend in Beijing! I am super excited.


April 1, 2014

DSC_6966It is so rare to get to see sunset in Baoding because of the smog. So you have to take advantage of it when you can.


March 31, 2014

DSC_6948The whole school is in a Spring cleaning mood now that the weather has improved. Men have been hard at work for the past several days washing down the school and it has made a huge difference. You can see what these windows used to look like by looking at the wall to the right!


March 30, 2014

DSC_6898Today was easily the nicest day we have experienced all year and, therefore, was the perfect day for a trip into town to spend the afternoon wandering around the park.

This picture is very probably my favorite picture I have taken. I love the way it turned out and am really very proud of it!


March 29, 2014

DSC_6857Today was such an incredible day. We woke up early to some of the worst smog we have ever seen, but were soon picked up by our friends who whisked us away to the Qing Dynasty Tombs in their car. It’s about an hour and a half away from the Baoding and as such, there was no smog there. What is there is some of the coolest historical monuments in China. There are seven tombs and they are so massive that we spent the whole day there and only got around to seeing four of them. The whole area is surrounded by mountains and to make it even better, the whole place was deserted. We went the whole day seeing only a handful of other people, and that is about the rarest thing that can happen to you in China.

The tombs are lightly renovated, but heavily maintained, making them some of the most fascinating places I have ever seen in China. Anywhere else you go, you know you are looking at a building that is just like the one that used to be there, but was built in the 1970s. These buildings though were hundreds and hundreds of years old. In many places, especially in the underground tombs, you could even see some of the original paint! I absolutely loved every moment of it.


March 28, 2014

DSC_6668The school is getting all ready for Spring! The flowers are starting to come out all over campus now and they have spent the past week planting trees all over campus. And with a few exceptions, it has been mercifully smog free.