I just booked my flights to China for the school holiday! I'm so excited about going! I'm planning to stay with some friends who are studying in Shanghai on their year abroad from Leeds Uni.
I'm going to be there for 12 days in March so I plan to go to Shanghai and Beijing. I can't believe I'm actually going to go!!
I need to get a tourist visa to visit China, so I'll go to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo in the next week or so and sort that out.
The flights cost £380, which I thought was a bit expensive, but it looks like that price is about the cheapest it gets.
The only reason I can afford this trip is because I'm receiving the JASSO Scholarship from now until March. The first installment should come into my Japanese bank account on 5th February, and that's Y80,000 for January and an Y80,000 "settling-in" payment, which I get despite the fact that I settled in five months ago!
And it's probably the only opportunity I'll ever have to go to China and not to pay for accommodation, so I have to grab it while I can!
I can't wait!