The first time I came to Beijing, I got lost numerous times. I somehow always found myself at the airport, which was perhaps my subconscious telling me to get out. I finally found my way around the city after a rough two months. Why I am sharing my embarrassing mishaps with Beijing? Because I wish I’d had a valuable source to go to. Luckily, the International Newcomers’ Network will host a seminar on August 26 called “Arrival Survival: Living Smart in Beijing” at The Capital Club Althetic Center from 10am to noon. Living in Beijing does not have to be a baptism by fire.
Living in Beijing can be especially daunting if you don’t know the language. However, INN volunteers and expat experts will help participants with basic knowledge on transportation, renting bicycles, personal safety, shopping, cultural adjustments, and more.
INN holds monthly neighborhood coffee mornings in Shunyi, Sanlitun, Chaoyang Park, and Lido. The days vary depending on the neighborhood. There is also a night out on every last Tuesday of the month, an excellent way to hear about other people’s experiences in a relaxed setting.
Find more about INN here.
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