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"YingHua in Beijing" Summer Program Announcement

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by Luo,Lifeng on 2008-07-08

Dear Parents,


It's a field-trip day today.


We got on the bus at 8:30 a.m. and headed for the Temple of Heaven. The traffic was very light so we got there shortly after 9 a.m. Thanks to yesterday's online research, most of the kids knew pretty much what sites we were going to visit.


Inside the park, there were many retired people doing various kinds of recreational activities. One guy in his 60s showed the kids how to use two sticks to hit the third one as a popular form of exercise (watch http://bj.sina.com.cn/v/2007-04-28/1627856.shtml if you could). Most of the kids wanted to try this but only Samuel could actually do it well enough to lift the third stick off the ground for a few seconds. He seems to be a quick learner for this type of activities. The other day, he was the only one who could kick the feather well.


We also saw people practicing calligraphy using a special kind of brush on the concrete tiles in the park. Now the kids can appreciate the beauty of the calligraphy because they practiced it a few days ago.


We visited the Circular Mount Alter, Echo Wall, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, and the 7 Star Stone. Our tour guide has been Jackie Yuan, who is a certified Beijing Olympics Tour Guide. He could answer any questions in English.


We met our driver at the East Gate at 11:30 a.m. to visit a Pearl Factory/Shop. We saw a show in which the youngest of this group, Jack, was asked to pick the largest "Triangle" Oyster to see how many pearls were inside. It turned out there were 32. Rachel guessed it right so she got the first pick of two pearls! Other kids all got a pearl if they'd like to. Some of them bought something made with pearl or make from pearl at a deep discount because Jackie asked the store's manager to give our students a deep discount - almost 50%.


We then went to KFC. Each two kids from the same room received 50 yuan to buy what they'd like except for soda. Gong Laoshi gave each kid a large apple that she bought yesterday and carefully scrubbed one-by-one last night.


We walked to the HongQiao Market (or Pearl Market) at 1:40 p.m. and split into three groups: Gong Laoshi and Kevin with the youngest four kids, I with the four girls, and Jackie with the six boys (11+). We were wandering this place until 4 p.m. Many of the students bought something. Some bought laser pointers so I pointed out that these are NOT toys so they should keep them for their parents to use and never play with them; otherwise, I would confiscated them. The kids were pretty cooperative.


Connie was the champion of bargaining! She helped the other girls to get what they wanted at very low prices. Jackie told the kids that they should only speak Chinese even among themselves so that they would receive lower price. The kids had a great time!


We went to a Shanghai restaurant for dinner and spent some time there until about 6:00 p.m.


Then we headed to the Peking Opera Museum and Theater. At the museum, kids learned that in the old Peking Opera, the women's roles were performed by men!


We watched three shows. The first two were "wen xi" - more singing and chanting. The third one was a "wu xi" - more fighting and actions. Of course the kids really enjoyed the last one - Monkey King Borrowing BaJiao Fan.


We got back at 9:30 p.m. It's a long day so the kids went to bed pretty quickly.



So much for today.





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