That sounds nice! I want to experience the culture too. Get a feel how to appreciate the freedoms we have in the states, when they aren't open in other places. The great wall is a must see. There are these forests there too (not in Beijing) that they used to film the Avatar movie.
Sounds like good progress! I finished up TEFL last week and am waiting on my consulate documents to come back. As far as packing I put everything I'm not taking in storage. As time gets closer I'll probably weed out more stuff.