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Yann REN

Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China

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Overview

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  • Fluent in Chinese, Chinese (Simplified), English; learning French
  • 25, Male
  • Member since 2013
  • College Graduate
  • BA
  • From Shanghai, China
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

visit every province of China; learn Tibetan; learn Traditional Mongolian; learn swimming/diving; publish papers on computational linguistics

ABOUT ME

Chinese graudate in Linguistics, loves classical music/post-rock/electronic, travelling, and befriending people from all over the world.
interested in photography, trains, CD collection, outdoor activities like hiking.
trying to be a gourmet, a world-traveller and (only) considering starting a body-building project.
expert in buying Chinese train tickets (really!), computer programming (VB), creative writing (part-time translator)
post-crosser (check postcrossing.com), BT/P2P enthusiasist, APE/FLAC freak (owns ~300 GB of music albums with lossless quality).

Would like to visit a place because of its history, language, music and customs. Prefer the routes "less travelled by".
Eager to learn local diaclect/minority language when travelling.

*Not experienced in overseas travels.
*No interest in nightclubs or noisy pubs (theme bars and quieter bars are completely OK btw). PS. staying over 30 minutes in crowded noisy suffocating places causes permanent damage to your health :-D

PHILOSOPHY

As a human being I am proud to be able to think, and feel fortunate and endowed to have feelings and emotions.

We exist because we are able to make changes to this world and to the society we live by, otherwise we are the walkiing dead.

Everybody is equal in race and mentality. There is no such thing as part freedom (for which I am somewhat against the governing philosophy of the Chinese administartion.)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

wholly new to couchsurfing, but think it's far more interesting than staying in hotels/hostels.

as a student i stay in campus, in dorms, so sorry, not possible for hosting you folks.

but ... if u happen to visit Beijing, do contact me and i shall be taking u to some of the most unlikely destinations there. AND if you want to visit Shanghai in mid summer or mid winter MAYBE I can accommodate you (see hosting info).

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

Had it not been for the high fees one needs to pay to stay in HK i would have probably missed this wonderful site.

Stayed in Chinese hostels several times before, not finding it very interesting. (Many Chinese travellers like to show off even if they don't really know anything on a certain subject, to me it's a bore--you really have to have a firm grip on the subject you talk about!)

Interests

travelling, of course, but not by planes (hate'em but have to take'em sometimes)

classical/post-rock/electornic/avant-garde/experimental music;
CD Collection. (elementary audiophile, owns K514, Aurvana Live!, thinking of K142HD/K601, DT880, T1...)

computer programming.

photography (i don't own a DSLR, however. i think it's what the story you try to tell from the picture that matters most. colours, lighting... a number of factors affecting photo quality can be maniuplated using a post-processing software)

learning a local dialect.

living with local people in a foreign country.

Writing (poems, short proses, political satire, ...)

Russian vodka/American whikey/South-American wine/Chinese liquor ...

uncommon foods! (provided that they are sanitary)

uncommon recreations! (although they are frightening sometimes, like cliff jumping, which i've never tried)

skiing (just started it)

Music, Movies & Books

Movie top 3: Into the Wild; the Matrix (series); One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Music top 3: (too difficult to sort it out) Beethoven Symphony No. 9; Do You Hear the People Sing/One Day More [encore] (from Les Misérables the musical); Internationale
Book top 3: A Single Tear by WU NingKun; The Study of Language by George YULE; Les Misérables by Victor HUGO.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Failed in every physics test in the third year in high school but outshined others in the very exam for the National College Entrance Examinations.
Learned computer and object-oriented computer programming all by myself, learned C in 3 weeks (but has forgotten a lot of it after a qualification test).
Helped a French couple buy Chinese train tickets when I've been never trained for oral French before.
Once fainted on a bus but doctors could find NO explanation.
(and many other trivially amazing things)

Teach, Learn, Share

Expert of computer programming, advanced Windows skills
Navite speaker of Chinese
Student researcher in Linguistics
Experience in multimedia technologies

Would like to learn adventure/exploration skills, those keeping you alive when you are alone in the wild
Would like to learn digital record mastering skills.
Would like to learn martial arts
Would like to learn African languages

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