Registration Day

On the next day, I had to get up pretty early so I can be on time for the registration. I got there at about 8:30 and I left at about 11:15, so yeah, it was a pretty long wait.. The procedure itself takes almost no time, but there are a loooot of people waiting to register. After I was done with this, I had to open a bank account. So here is where things get a little complicated.. In order to open a bank account, you have to have a valid Chinese mobile number, but in order for me to do that I had to exchange some Euro because the card costs RMB 200 and I didn’t have enough.

BUT, they told me I had to come the next day to exchange (I don’t know why) so that’s what I did. And today, I got up early and went to bank.. so the bank opens at 9:00 and I was there at 9:10 and there were already 33 people before me. Even if you just want to exchange some money you have to wait.. and you have to fill in some papers and show your passport, so it’s not a very fast procedure like in Bulgaria. So I went to buy a SIM card, which was a lot harder than I expected. The girl there said they don’t have any (or more likely that she didn’t understand what I wanted so she sent me to another place). And the campus of Tsinghua is a VERY big place, so I had to walk around 15-20 minutes to get there in the pouring rain.. yeah, I don’t think I mentioned that it was raining..

I had to wait for the other place to open because they open at 10:00 and a kind lady there explained that I should go to another place, which was at the bottom of the map, so maybe another 20 minutes of walking. Even though she didn’t know any English somehow I understood what she said to me, which is nice. =D

I ended up not going to that place, because it was too far and I decided that I should go to the bank and just use my friend’s number. When I passed the “China Mobile” shop I saw that there was another lady so I thought maybe she could help. It wasn’t very easy, but I was fortunate enough to get one of the three SIM cards left..

After that, I got just in time for my number in the bank! Remember the 33 people before me? Three hours later they were on №30, so everything turned out quite nicely.

Tomorrow, I have an opening ceremony at 2 PM, so I will update after that!

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