Getting cheated in Beijing, Part 1

Post #3 Jan 20, 2018

I’m still in China this week. I almost hesitate to write this, but I think it’s a good story to tell. We went to the silk market to pickup some cheap gifts. Going home, the first taxi driver tried to overcharge me 150 for a trip that should be 40 to get home. The second taxi driver said 80 to get home. The third taxi driver, I did not ask a price, I just got in and told him the address. When we arrived at the hotel, I gave a 100 Yuan note and the driver told me he would not take it, it had a torn corner. So I took it back and gave a second one. He immediately gave it back and said it was too new. I gave a third and fourth, all of them he said too new. Finally, he accepted one of the bills, gave me my change, a receipt, and we got out and went into the hotel.

You can see pictures of what I bought below.  And the story continues in the next blog post.

 

这个星期我还在中国。我有一点儿犹豫写这个,但我觉得这是一个好故事。我们去丝绸市场买一些礼物。回家的时候,第一个司机要收一百五十块。应该是四十块。所以我说不要。第二个司机说八十块。第三个司机,我没有问他多少钱,我就上了他的车和告诉他我目的地。然后我告诉他请打开你的计价器。

当我们到了,他说一共五十三块。我给他一百块。但是,他马上退回给我。司机说你的钱破了一个角。所以我把我的钱放回钱包里面然后给他另外的一张。他再马上退回给我。司机说这张钱太新了。所以我又把我的钱放回钱包里。后来我告诉他我没有其它的钱。所以他最后找给我零钱了。

“No tourism allowed!” on the Great Wall

Blog post #2 Jan 13, 2018

This week I am in Beijing for a business trip. I have been to Beijing before, but on this trip I am excited to go back to the Great Wall. This time I went to a section of the Great Wall (mu tian yu) and got to see parts of the Wall that are not maintained. In fact, I went past the tourist area and on to the highest point of the Wall. A picture is below. So cool. It reminds me of how much I love hiking.

#2 一月十三号 2018

这个星期我在北京出差。我去过北京五次,这个周末我们打算再去看长城。现在我去慕田峪看看。这里人很少和可以看看没有维护的部分。长城上有一个牌子,牌子上写着游客勿进。但是我进去了!我去过了长城最高的地方。拍了很多漂亮的照片。很棒!它让我更喜欢远足。

What is this?

Post #1 Jan 2, 2018

Hello and welcome to 50% Chinese!  I have just started writing this blog in Chinese and English to help me learn Chinese.  Also because I’d like to share some entertaining stories from my life and trying to live a bilingual and definitely multi-cultural life.

A little about myself: I am an American married to a Chinese Hunan girl, we live in the USA with our two kids & my mother in law. I work as a Principal Scientist with Procter & Gamble.  I am interested in outdoors activities, running, technology, and learning Chinese.  I expect to publish a new blog posting each week.  Please let me know your comments  and questions – I always respond to every email.

#1 一月二号

大家好!欢迎你们来到我的博客。我更开始写这个博客为了帮助我学中文。我也喜欢分享我的想法和我的故事。

关于我自己:我是一个美国人和一个湖南的辣妹子结婚了。我们现在和我的岳母还有我们的两孩子住在美国。我是一个在宝洁公司的博士科学家。我的工作是做研究更好的产品。我对外面的活动,跑步,技术,和学中文感兴趣。我打算每个星期加一篇新的博客文章。欢迎给我留言。我会及时回复所有的留言。