I have, unlike at my previous two academic installations (i.e. welcome weeks), actually decided to go out and partake in life to my best ability, admin, errands, and departmental stuff besides. It somehow felt extra important to get to know names and faces here.
Righty-o, I have visited the entry-exit security bureau, and my residence permit application is under way! I have confirmed that the application certificate and a copy of the photo-page of my passport will serve as ID in the meantime, and I hope to actually enjoy – academically and leisurely – the next few days in Beijing before I, at long last, can get back to HZ again. I am still writing, but should be able to finish the writing before I leave Beijing, and cannot wait to do “proper” fieldwork. I think I will take the expensive-but-safest option of travelling back up here in person to collect my passport once the procedure is finished, but in the mean time: bring it on!