About a month ago, Tian and one of her colleagues planned a weekend get-away for a group of the Tsinghua International School (THIS) faculty and staff. The purpose was to have some fun together in a more relaxed setting and to get out of the city for a while. I must have been behaving well at the time because Tian invited me to join them.
The destination was a mountain town on the far outskirts of Beijing called Shi Du (pronounced like “Sure Do”). Shi Du means “Tenth River Crossing,” and it gets its name because it is located on the tenth bridge over the Juma River located northwest of the city.
We met at Tsinghua International School on Saturday morning at about 8:00 and piled into a 12 passenger van. The 100 km (62 mile) drive took about 2.5 hours. The group passed the time chatting, practicing Chinese, and laughing nervously every time our driver passed another vehicle on the narrow two-lane mountain road.
The next few blog entries will be about the various aspects of our weekend trip to Shi Du. We had a fun time, and it is definitely worth a visit if spending an extended time in Beijing.