I'm in the shiny new Academy of Chinese Language Study, about to start an 8 week course of beginners Mandarin with World Link Education. After 20 hours travel, moving in with my delightful host family (Mr, & Mrs. Tien, the most grandparenty people I've ever met) and being introduced to the facilities available to me as a student here I'm ready to go.
As I'm still on UK time I didn't sleep last night - at 6 I gave up and went for a stroll. Beijing was wide awake, from the group of 40 pensioners doing early morning Tai Chi in the park to the crowds of traffic careering through the streets.
There are a small set of photos on Flickr. I will upload more as I take them.