"You Won't Need Umbrellas"

“You Won’t Need Umbrellas”

The students consider stealing a panda bear, contribute heartily to the Chinese economy and have the last laugh in a torrential downpour. After our outstanding dinner on Friday night we allowed ourselves a little sleep in on Saturday. The plan…

Culinary Adventures in China

Culinary Adventures in China

Great food in some suspect restaurants; love at first reflexology. Monday night we were back with Jiulin and we wandered to an area that is quite off the beaten track.  We had been over there before but decided on a…

New Patients at the Hospital

New Patients at the Hospital

The students return to the Beijing TCM Hospital, learn new techniques, follow up with old patients and make new friends. After a busy weekend, it felt like a long time since we had been at the hospital and we were…

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The students take a break from studying to visit the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall. Saturday was another tour day. This time it was the Ming Tombs and then Great Wall of China.  At the Ming Tombs (we didn’t…

Poking Around the Hospital

Poking Around the Hospital

The students follow different doctors around the Beijing TCM Hospital, and learn the many surprising ailments that are treated with acupuncture. They also remedy a bit of homesickness with fast-food coffee. Wednesday we were back together as a group following…

Acupuncture in a Chinese Hospital

Acupuncture in a Chinese Hospital

A number of unfamiliar modalities, including fire needles and electro stimulation. The remainder of the week was very interesting, other doctors include more modalities than Dr. Xia and it was interesting to witness things that are not allowed in Canada….

The Beijing TCM Hosiptal

The Beijing TCM Hosiptal

Exploring and practicing in the Acupuncture unit of a hospital in Beijing. Monday was our first day at the Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. It is very different from a western hospital. Not only is there an Acupuncture department, but…

The Summer Palace and the Forbidden City

The Summer Palace and the Forbidden City

On Sunday our travel agent arranged for us to have a tour around Beijing to see some of the sights. We picking up the other members of our tour group from their various hotels and headed out. Our first stop…

First Day in Beijing

First Day in Beijing

Our first full day in China was a nice way to ease ourselves into our visit.  We ate a fairly leisurely breakfast at the hotel, which consisted of a very interesting selection of food items ranging from fried eggs, French…

Arriving in China

Arriving in China

We arrived at the Edmonton airport early on Thursday morning, excited and ready to take on this new adventure.  It was a short flight to Vancouver before we boarded our 10 ½ hour  flight to Beijing.  Despite not being seated…