What was the best part of your course, and how do you think you will use what you learned?
I took The Political Economy of Urbanisation in China and Asia: Globalisation and Uneven Development course and was amazed when the course assistant handed me the reading pack, which was approximately 800 pages. The lecture was really condensed, from where we explored several heated urbanization topics such as displacement, gentrification and mega-events within two weeks. One of the best parts of my course was that it included a one-day field trip to visit the inner city of Beijing, which allowed students to intuitively experience urban development in Beijing. The knowledge I gained from the lectures and seminars have broadened my insight in developing cities in East Asia and will definitely be helpful in my future research and study in the field of real estate.
What did you think about life in Beijing?
My experience in Beijing this summer was absolutely unforgettable. Beijing is both modern and historic. The local people here are friendly and welcoming. The bus and metros can take you to anywhere you like in Beijing. Peking University's campus is incredibly gorgeous with the beautiful Weiming Lake, and includes typical Chinese buildings equipped with advanced facilities. You will also find the food in Peking University's cafeterias is really tasty and international at an affordable price.
What did you think about your fellow students?
My fellow students mainly came from mainland China, Singapore, Germany, USA and India. Most students were undergraduates from leading universities, such as LSE, UCL, Edinburgh, Northwestern, but we also had professionals in real estate and investment fields. My fellow students specialised in different majors and were from different countries so it was interesting to share and hear different opinions, perspectives and learn from each other. We also went for Peking Duck and other sightseeing tours during the two weeks. We will absolutly meet again in the future.
What was your overall highlight?
Learning about China right in the city of lovely Beijing, the capital of China, and spending time at Peking University, a top university in China. Though I am Chinese, I was not sure about China's past and future, however the LSE-PKU summer school lead me to think and get close to the answers.
What are your top tips for potential students?
This is a great opportunity to explore and learn China. Don’t be afraid, Beijing and Peking University are highly international, faculty and course assistants are warm, welcoming and helpful so you won’t get lost anyway and you will have fun. I recommend LSE-PKU to either students and professionals, who are enthusiastic to learn more about China.