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Na Yan

PhD student, Department of Geography, King's College London.


Na is one bright cookie –she did so well in her BSc at Beijing Forestry University that she got to miss the National Graduate Admission Examination and skip straight on to a Msc at Beijing Normal University.  She then came across the world to join us here at King's doing a PhD a looking at the relationships between vegetation and dune transformation patterns in inland deserts within northern China.  Na’s an active member of our postgrad community at King’s and we’ve discovered she’s pretty good at anything we suggest she gives ago be it Connect 4 or Hularing.  She loves hiking  and is also a member of the KCL’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association.

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Have you ever imagined scenarios like a car breakdown in the middle of the desert, dinking beers in the morning before going into field, competing with dust storms, even witnessing the scene of a suicide? As you can probably already guess, many fun, stupid, sometimes dangerous and unimaginable stories will be involved in this talk. You will also see one of the five biggest freshwater lakes in China, the most beautiful grassland in China, the mysterious Mausoleum of Genghis Khan and of course amazing landscapes. I will also touch upon Chinese drinking culture which may prove invaluable if you plan to carry out fieldwork in China.

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