CET Beijing

Activities Around Beijing

Experience the colors and sounds of a Peking Opera show. Take a Chinese painting class. People-watch on Nanluoguxiang—hipster alert! Learn how to play jianzi (Chinese Hacky Sack) from locals in Beihai Park. Cook dumplings with your teachers. Volunteer at a non-profit. Each term offers different activities for you to choose from. Attend them with your roommate and your classmates.

Overnight Trip to a New City

Explore a new city with your classmates and roommates—Xi’an to visit the terracotta warriors, Nanjing to walk on the ancient city wall, Hangzhou to hike around beautiful West Lake. Every term is different. And half the fun is getting there. Playing cards on an overnight train ride is a great way to make new friends.

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Vlog: Group Trip to Hangzhou

Want to hear more about the Overnight Trip? Angela Kong (Colorado College, Beijing 2015 – 2016) created this vlog of her group’s trip to Hangzhou, complete with mountain hikes, night markets, and Buddhist rituals. The best part? The Chinese voiceover is entirely Angela. And she was only at an intermediate level when she created it.