Photos by Reika Oshima (Brandeis University), Student Correspondent CET Beijing, Summer 2019 CET Students (and my close friends!) painting birds during our first week of an extracurricular class, Chinese Painting, offered by CET. Classes are once a week, taught by 李老师 (Teacher Li). It’s a refreshing break from studying and a great way to get immersed in Chinese culture. Cheese Fans Cafe, a popular on-campus place to grab breakfast, afternoon coffee and study. It’s conveniently right next to our dorm rooms (the ivy-covered red building) and on our way to class. Black Sesame Coconut ice cream inside Cheese Fans Cafe, with “I <3 CNU” artwork in the back. Art and signs like this are common on Capital Normal University campus. After a week of hard studying and our final exam, students and teachers head together to a nearby restaurant for 中文罩子. “Chinese Table” is to celebrate the week’s learning over food, a treat from CET. Cafeteria chefs preparing handmade noodles and freshly cut 北京烤鸭. “Beijing Peking duck” is a favorite of many students for just 18 Yuan (Less than $3). It is provided on the 3rd floor of the cafeteria building. Yes, the cafeteria has three whole separate floors, offering fresh fruit, breakfast food, bubble tea, and over 100 dishes. The beautiful Yu Yuan Tan Park, just a 5-minute DiDi (China’s Uber) from campus. Beijing is full of lush green like this, especially on campus. A wide variety of fruits offered at the supermarket many students go to buy snacks, fruits, and school material Sellers at Beijing’s Ghost Market, a flea market that not even all Beijing-ers know about. Only running from Tuesday to Thursday, 11 pm to 2 am, random knick-knacks and treasures are sold and bargained for cheap. My roommate, 崔林, took me there this past Tuesday, and she even bought a unicycle for 40 Yuan (～$6). The Forbidden City, seen from the front gate. On a beautiful day such as this, the endless doors and layers inside where a wonder. *** Cover photo caption: A quiet enclave on campus, provide shade, a place to be alone and read, and appreciate the students and teachers passing by. It’s one of my favorite places to relax!