I've had tons of notes to summarize different aspects of my trip, but I haven't wanted to write them.
Part of it is because I really resented two aspects of my visit there: the dangerous negligence of traffic, and being treated like a walking wallet. Those are my two most emotional impressions, and I'm still having difficulty dealing with them.
When I left I said I didn't want to go back. Now I think I do, after the Olympics and Exposition.
The Beijing government is in strong danger of being embarrassed after some unrealistic automobile driver runs over a foreigner's child. They might be able to force a social change by then, but they won't be able to hide foreigners' impressions of traffic there.
I've been studying Chinese since my return, and still enjoying it. I'm hitting the intermediate books as a rookie, but my knowledge is deeper now. Even in the first week after return, I was hearing more in tapes than I had heard before.
But I haven't summarized it because I didn't see a way to put a good frame around the traffic and exploitation. Being needlessly endangered, and being treated as a scammable object... I'm still angry about it, and so have held off on trying to wrap things up the past eight weeks.