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    I have no idea in this matter, so just want some advice, if there was some students done it before I just wanted to hear what situations they had faced. Did I asked something nonsense?
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    I don't hang with expats. Period.
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    This is a patriotic adventure story with stunning scenery. Much of it was filmed in Tibet. It's the story of climbing Mt. Everest (Qomolangma Feng 珠穆朗玛峰) first in 1960 when there was no photographic proof (the camera was lost) and again in 1975 when it was properly documented. Famous leading actors (吴京 as the male lead and 章子怡 as his lady love.) Directed Tsui Hark 徐克, one of the Gods of Hong Kong action movies together with Daniel Lee 李仁港, who is also no slouch in that genre. I caught it this afternoon, near the end of its run. It opened just before the recent Golden Week holiday and pulled in large audiences all over China. Lots of flag waving and feel-good national sentiment. This is not some ambiguous art movie. The directors and the lush musical score let you know how you should feel at each step along the way. It's easy to go along with the program because it's all convincingly done. Everyone loves a challenge, and this movie showed brave people who wouldn't quit despite long odds. A little bit of medical foolishness, but not more than was to be expected. At one point the star is crushed in an avalanche and apparently suffers cardiac arrest. After several rousing minutes of CPR, his heart starts and he soldiers on, more or less unfazed. Jackie Chan 成龙 even makes a cameo performance at the end. It was well worth the price of a ticket to see this film on the big screen. Here's a link to several trailers: https://www.soku.com/detail/show/XMTc0MjQ1Mg==?siteId=1
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    As other people have said, The Chinese teaching industry (government attached) have clearly inflated the 'levels' of the language to avoid scaring people away from it (which is understandable to a point considering their intentions for extending softpower influence, etc etc). the HSK tests are made in such a way that they can be gamed by anyone with enough prep materials and plenty of time for memorizing words and grammar structures. I myself along with other people managed to pass HSK4 (more than 200 points) in around 5-6 months, I have 3 friends who have passed HSK5 in 8-9 months and I even got to meet someone who passed HSK6 in a year (I don't know how though) I think this picture seems more or less reliable depending on how do you see the HSK exams It takes many years of continuous studies to get into a level in which you can comfortably live, study and work in any chinese speaking territory. I'm currently an engineering student and trust me, that convo about the spicy food of 北方 or even the 科技汉语 classes about math operations and highschool concepts can only help you in the valley next to the everest of Chinese learning.
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    absolutely correct, but this is not my argument about. To be literate for a chinese, or other words, well-educated, it means read as many as possible of those pre-Song, poetry is one of the key elements.
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    While the OP obviously needs to ask the university at some point, it's very optimistic to assume the university, or at least front-line staff, will have a clue, especially with reference to scholarships. Researching the question in advance is very wise. The school might / should have regulations. Looking at the rules for Peking University (first I saw on Google) you need to apply to 暂停学业 or 休学 (temporarily stop /rest studies) but 保留学籍 (retain student status / registration), and you can't do it for more than a year. Look for the 第二十二条 in the linked document.
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    "Then, my first week in China, I went out for a beer with a couple of guys who'd been there for ages. What a mistake. All they did was bitch about other foreigners in China. Especially newbies, like me!"
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    It's a perfectly good question and I can see why anyone would want to know the rules before asking formally. I hope someone else here will know and be able to tell you. I believe it can be done for PhD students, don't know about Masters.
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    Just stumbled across this excellent and thoroughly comprehensive guide to the honorific language in Chinese in the form of a wikipedia entry. I thought it seemed a bit of a shame not to share it here, as the author(s) has (have) clearly put in a lot of work into this article. I would say I know or have come across less than a third of all the words listed, fantastic to get a better understanding of a less discussed topic. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_honorifics
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    I suggest finding different people to hang out with. I understand your problem, but I think that is the only solution. Because I also understand why these expats enjoy talking about the differences, and if their conversation of choice is boring to you, the only solution is to find different conversation partners. This advice is assuming that you came here for advice and not just to vent.
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    And a sequel, 《密封蜜蜂弥缝其阙》
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    Ah Zhang Ziyi -- I first was smitten by her in "House of Flying Daggers." Never fully recovered. Hard to believe she's 40 now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-nmfwQdkeM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgLyqfSdbDg
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