Steven Meads is a U of U junior studying Chinese and International Studies. He is currently abroad with the U of U Intensive Chinese Language in Tianjin program.
My name is Steven Meads and I currently am living it up in Tianjin, China. I have only been in China for about five days but have seen and done some amazing things. I left June 3 from Seattle, Washington taking a fourteen-hour flight arriving on June 4 in Beijing, China’s capital. However, my program didn’t start until June 5 leaving me with one day to explore the city of Beijing with some fellow students. Prior to leaving Utah I booked a room at a youth hostel in Beijing called P Loft Youth Hostel. Luckily, I had a friend from one of my Chinese classes at the University of Utah who was willing to meet me at the airport and show me how to get there. We rolled into the hostel late, at about 1:30 a.m. and immediately went to bed. My room was shared with four other travelers who were all from China. I had an opportunity to talk to a few of them and here about their own reasons for traveling.
While exploring some of Beijing we decided to go to the Lama Temple, which is the only Tibetan, Buddhist temple in Beijing. It is also home to the first record holder of the largest wood carved Buddha. The Lama Temple is a very large temple. While there I made friends with four young Chinese people who explained to me some of the traditions and significance of the worshiping that goes on in the temple. They even helped me to participate in praying to the Buddhist gods. After a day of exploring in Beijing it was time to head down to Tianjin.