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China Through My Eyes

时间:2007-6-12栏目:大学英语作文

As best I can recall, my first visit to Beijing, in the hot summer of 1990, was
an almost overwhelming experience. I visited a wide range of places over a
three week stay, including some truly amazing historical sites like the Great
Wall, the Old Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, etc., as
well as a Chinese University, markets, an old courtyard house, restaurants,
parks, book stores, and hutongs. Amongst it all, what struck me most was the
friendliness people showed me, and their genuine desire to converse, in English
or in Chinese, about a range of topics 鈥?from political issues, to AIDS, to
what Australia was like, and so on.

There were a host of almost topsy-turvy differences between my own country and
China. Aside from obvious differences, such as the food, and the weather, one
could not help but be overwhelmed by the vast difference in population not just
in terms of people, but there were so many bikes and many less cars (very few
of which I could recognize)! I was also amazed to see donkey carts in the
capital of such a major up and coming nation 鈥?something I had certainly not
envisioned! While life at that time seemed tough for many people, there was a
tremendous sense that something extraordinary was taking place and that China
had a great future ahead of it.

It was during this exciting three-week period of exploring a very foreign
culture that I met, completely by chance at a party at my younger brother鈥檚
University, a young Chinese woman student who would change my life. We spent
many hours together exchanging ideas and information on where we lived, on what
films and books we had read, and so on, until finally it was time for me to
return to finish my University degree. While completing my degree in
Australia, I continued to keep in touch with my female friend in Beijing, and
dec

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