We talked about family and holidays today, especially comparing them between the two countries. Everyone was so amazed when I told them that I have 12 cousins. About 90% of them were middle children, so we discussed what they thought about the one-child policy. I went through some of the important american holidays and what we do, and then they talked about Chinese holidays that they like the best.
The students are shy, but generally very respectful and eager to learn, and if I am laid-back and supportive, they react really well and speak well. We're still working on the volume level though.
I also visited the largest wastewater treatment plant in China today. It was amazing. 250 MGD, 16 huge anaerobic digestors, 16 primary clarifiers and aeration basins, and 10 secondary clarifiers. The sheer mass of it was awe-inspiring. I went with two master's students and a Ph.D. student who knew a lot about the plant and explained a lot of stuff.
Woo another awesome day in Beijing.