The time has come for the Geankoplis family to leave the hustle and bustle of China, after 4 years in Beijing. First arriving as a couple, Nick and Lindsay will leave as a family of three to move back home to the US and take their careers to the next level. Lindsay, who’s a secondary art teacher at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing), is ready to pursue her portrait photography business full time. Nick, a professor of ceramic art and design for industry, has gotten a position at Kansas State University to teach Art and Design in Ceramics.
Favorite Weekend Activity
Getting out to walk or explore when the air is nice. We strap the baby in the carrier and set out for little adventures, but we’re always sure to start with some bagels from Mrs. Shanens!
Best Kid’s Clothes Shop
H&M’s baby section at Indigo, sales rack at Baby Gap and the Big Clothing Swap in Shunyi.
Mutianyu Great Wall
Favorite Chinese Restaurant
Baoyuan dumplings. It’s where Lindsay fell in love with dumplings… prior to this place she wasn’t entirely sold on their texture.
Best Shop for Groceries
Produce from the Chinese markets and then we get all our comforts of home from Jenny Wangs.
Favorite Non-Chinese Restaurant
Sanfuzhe, a Korean Restaurant in Wangjing. It’s downstairs and it has a nice wait staff and vibe. The food is knockout.
What will you miss about Beijing?
The food, the people, and the craziness.
What will you not miss about Beijing?
The pollution and the traffic.
Tips for newcomers in Beijing
Be patient, flexible, and open-minded. China has taught us both to be really flexible and adaptable.
What do you wish you would have done different about your stay in China?
Traveled together more throughout China and actually studied Chinese.
Photos by Dave’s Studio
This article originally appeared on p 64 of beijingkids May 2017 Home & Relocation Guide.
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