Take advantage of your free time to have a great time: with its wide selection of activites the HHS Center works hard to make yourself feel at home, have fun, and truly come to understand your host city.
You can make lots of new foreign friends, fellow “laowai,“ in our Chinese classes, but you can also make lots of new Chinese friends. They’ll add a whole new dimension to your life in China, open your horizons, and give you an authentic experience. Opportunities to meet new people are provided in plenty by the HHS Center.
There is a Chinese proverb which goes, “A bosom friend afar brings a distant land near.“
China is home to many famous museums and art galleries. You’ll be surprised by our architecture and art scene, ancient and contemporary alike. Places to see are the 798 Art District, the nature museum, the National Art Museum, and so forth. All of them have grown to be important tourist attractions in Beijing. Various styles of contemporary Chinese art abound, which is sure to appeal to art lovers.
Partying is part of the new China and many types of bars and clubs are around. You can find live-music, dance clubs, or simple, good old-fashioned pubs. Each time you go out you can take in a different nightlife scene in the company of your friends. Bars and clubs are to be found in all kinds of interesting places: alongside lakes and parks, overlooking the city in skyscrapers, as well as in traditional hutongs. Go out, find them!
If you’re into live music China won’t disappoint: world-famous bands come perform all the time, and there is no shortage of local bands either. Bluegrass, jazz, rock, metal, reggae, Chinese bands are diverse.
What do the Chinese love to go out and do for entertainment? KTV (karaoke), of course! KTV is not only big here, but it’s affordable fun. Go out and experience it with your host family, Chinese friends, or foreign friends. It’s all waiting for you right here.
You can find mountains everywhere in China and as such hiking (and picnics!) is a beloved passtime for many.Although many mountains are well-developed for outdoor sports, not all are. Choose to go to those with convenient transportation, cellphone reception, lodging, and clean water supplies.
In addition, the HHS Center regularly organizes sports outings such as badminton and table tennis. We’ll help keep you healthy and in-shape!
Shopaholic? No city in China will disappoint. Every city is loaded with flea and antique markets, Western-style shopping malls, supermarkets, anything you can imagine we have. If you think you might like to go back to a certain store be sure to ask for a business card. That’ll help you refind the place, and it’ll be especially helpful for the driver if you take a cab. It makes life easier.
If of course you really want to acquaint yourself with how people really live, going to a market should be the first on your list; it’s just as important for visitors as a trip to the Great Wall.
For long-term foreign residents in China, it’s important to scout out a good English bookstore where one can stop up for those long train rides and nights when the only thing to watch on TV is a mediocre film with no English subtitles. Luckily, China is full of good bookstores and even has the occasional large open-air booksale.
Last but not least you’ll want to learn how to bargin when shopping! The HHS Center will help you learn and provide you with a city map so you can easily get around and find different shops.