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Tried to go to Summer Palace today and quickly realized that sightseeing during a Chinese holiday is a horrible idea (we get a week holiday for Chinese National Day). Thousands of Chinese tourist lined the streets and bike lanes were blocked with transport busses. So I noped right out of there and checked out Peking University campus, often referred to as Tsinghua’s rival. I’ve come to realize that trying to get a clear shot of anything in China is going to have random Chinese people in it. One of the many unwritten laws of living in Beijing.

Degen Hill

About: Degen Hill is a travel junkie, gym enthusiast, and avid writer who currently resides in Beijing. He is a 28-year-old graduate of Eastern Washington University where he studied Spanish & Communications and quickly learned that life's too short to not travel. Degen is aggressively realistic, open-minded, sarcastic, curious, and results-driven.

Currently: Degen graduated from Tsinghua University with a Master's of Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy in Beijing. He is now a reporter and editor for the political magazine China Today (今日中国). His Chinese language ability is a work in progress and enjoys the challenge. He is currently living in Andingmen (Right above the Forbidden City).