HUAIROU, Beijing Province:
Started the day with my first Korean class. Went into school for half 8 to sit in Efren's classes with them to get an idea of what we're actually teaching them! The programme is to get them to memorise poems. I think it's a bit pointless, but I have to test them at the end of each session and if they fail they're not allowed out for the rest of the weekend! So harsh!
When they told me the students' English was good, I had no idea how good they really meant! I have only 10 students, and I would say over half of them are pretty much fluent, and the others are a very high standard.
Quite a few of my Korean students are studying at the Chinese school during the week, so I teach them in my classes. Pretty cool actually, means I'll have a chance to get to know at least some of my students - I didn't think it'd ever be possible with my 650+!
After school we went to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Both me and Sarah thought it'd be a good filler, but I didn't realise how amazing it is! To be honest, I wasn't all that bothered about seeing it - I thought it'd just be a big wall, but figured I can't really live in China and not see the Great Wall...
But it is absolutely definitely great! Mindblowingly so! We got the cable car up to the wall, and the views were brilliant. It was a little misty, so it was difficult get any photos that show the whole brilliance of it!
Walked along it for a couple of hours, then decided to head back to get ready for another night of disco 9-ing.