June 2012

Watching the recently-made film about Margaret Thatcher, ‘The Iron Lady’, on board a Virgin Atlantic A340-600 was the educational starting point to my summer in China. Whilst staying at the China University of Petroleum, my chief aim was to improve my Chinese speaking and listening. ‘Sub-aims’ were firstly to make friends who I hope to be able to keep in contact with for a long time and secondly, to start a diary. This diary will be my primary source and first aid to writing this report.