|The comm's kinda dead, but let's try anyway...
||[Apr. 21st, 2009|11:58 am]
I'm a Beijing-born Chinese-Canadian that grew up in Toronto. I'm taking a vacation and visiting Beijing for about 2 weeks at the beginning of May. I'm totally fluent in Mandarin (hardcore Beijing accent to boot) and I know my way around pretty well (I spent about 4 months living in Beijing between 2006 and 2007).
I'm planning to do some hardcore shopping while I'm back in Beijing, but since I haven't been back in about 2 years (and my relatives are all a lot older, so totally different interests for the most part), are there any new shopping spots people would recommend? I already have my set list of places I like to shop at (mostly anime related...cause I'm a nerd like that), but I'd really like to have some new ones to explore too. I'm mainly into anime and fashion. I'm on the tall side for Asian, but I'm thin enough that I still fit into the clothes fine (width-wise).
Also, is anyone on here interested in a shopping buddy for a few days? I'll be heading to Hong Kong for a little bit as well (visiting relatives...and more shopping), but mainly I'll be in Beijing between May 1st and the 17th. I'd prefer a fluent English speaker since the whole point is I don't want to get too far into the habit of speaking Mandarin all the time and have trouble switching back to English again when I get home afterwards. It happens everytime I go back to China...I have trouble switching to pure Mandarin at the beginning and then have trouble switching out of it when I get back to Toronto. X_X
I don't mind playing translator for someone relatively new to Beijing. I'm pretty used to it, so I'm usually an efficient translator. ^^
I'm assuming LJ's still blocked in China as it was last time I was there (and it was totally fine in summer 2006, wtf?), so I'd like to have this worked out before I leave. =D