Meet the Wang-Heuer family

A Danish family settling in to Chaoyang Park

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.

The Wang-Heuer family

Parents - Afu Wang, Mikkel Dalgaard Heuer
Children - Thor Wang Heuer (11) and Noah Wang Heuer (4)
From - Denmark

Where do you and your family live?
We live near Chaoyang Park at the Park Avenue apartments.

What are the family-friendly perks in the area?
Chaoyang Park and Honglingjin Park are both nearby and are very picturesque on a nice day. The family can go cycling, have fun at the amusement park or go boating on the lake. A little further away we have Fundazzle, which is a children’s play centre, Joy City for shopping and the 798 Art District.

Is there anything that you don’t particularly like about your neighbourhood?
The smell from the sewers at certain locations isn’t very nice!

What’s the best thing you have discovered about bringing up your family in Beijing?
The opportunity for the family to learn the Chinese language and culture and also being exposed to a truly international environment, both where we live and at our children’s school.

Where do your children go to school and why did you send them there?
They both go to Yew Chung International School Beijing (YCIS).We send them there because it is a good international school. It has a good value set and is serious about developing not only the knowledge and skills of its students but also their character as well. YCIS is also located next to Honglingjin Park and where we live, which is very convenient.

What issues did you face as a family moving over to Beijing and how did you resolve them?
The traffic in Beijing is definitely an issue and so is the air quality. Furthermore people’s perception of personal space is quite different from Europe; people often stand a lot closer to you here in China! The understanding of queuing is different and there is also quite a lot of bureaucracy and administration to deal with. We learnt to live with the traffic and the bureaucracy as well as people standing close and jumping lines.For the air, well, we got some masks and installed air filters at home.

What advice do you have for newbies?
Be open and patient. Look for the positive sides of the experience and consider it an adventure.

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