It’s not easy moving to a country with a culture vastly different to your own. In our series on Beijing's personalities and families, Time Out Family checks in on families who have just moved to Beijing, to see how they’re coming along.
Parents Heather and Alekz, and
their children Sebastian (6)
and Samuel (4)
Where are you from originally?
The US and Mexico.
Where do you live?
Rainbow Garden in Shunyi.
What are the family-friendly
perks for kids in the area?
There are lots of restaurants and the
kids love the bouncy castles.
Is there anything you don’t like
about your neighbourhood?
We’re far from the city, so it’s difficult
to really experience all that Beijing
has to offer.
What were your first impressions
We loved seeing the Great Wall and dreaming about our travelling
prospects, and it’s great that there’s
a market for everything here. I was
also pleasantly surprised to see the kindness people show towards
the kids, such as when guards carry
them over puddles!
Have you had any difficulties in
It’s hard not having our own
transportation, and facing language
barriers daily. Also, I’m gluten sensitive so that’s been a real
challenge. I can’t have soy sauce!
Where do your children go to
school and why did you send
Our kids attend Dulwich College
Beijing; I send them there because I
chose to work there as the Director
of University Counselling. We’re all
very pleased with the school and
community. The kids have adjusted
really well to their new classmates
and teachers, and they’re thriving. What more can parents ask for?
What issues did you face as a
family moving to Beijing?
Our biggest issue was with the
shipping company. We were quoted
incorrectly and things got shipped on
two different shipments.
And how did you resolve them?
The lovely ladies in the HR
department at Dulwich worked really
hard to get everything in order. Three
months later, we had our things.
What advice do you have for
newbies in the area?
Go out and explore. Take language
lessons and get a good app that tells
you how you’re progressing. Also, try
to travel around Asia; we figure this
may be the only chance we’ll have to
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