An introduction to China and the Chinese language

A brief introduction to China's official language, Mandarin.

Boating in the Summer Palace, Beijing

Beijing's Summer Palace consists of a lake, pagodas, bridges and a Buddhist temple.

Burial ground of the Ming Emperors

The Ming Tombs are a popular sightseeing spot to the north of Beijing.

China's National Day - October 1st

We see how people celebrate China's National Day on October 1st.

Chinese tea culture

An introduction to the history and etiquette of drinking Chinese tea.

Daoism in China

Daoism is China's indigenous religion. We visit a centre of Daoism in Beijing.

Eating out

An introduction to Chinese cuisine and street food.

Food, markets and new shopping centres in Beijing

Beijing has shops for everyone, from open-air markets to exclusive boutiques.

Getting around China by train

Travelling by train in China and buying a ticket-the cost depends on softness of the seat!

Ordering food in a restaurant

An introduction to some key vocabulary for ordering food in a restaurant.