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"YingHua in Beijing" Summer Program Announcement

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by Liao,Bonnie on 2011-06-29

Dear Parents,

We started the day with the morning exercises. The routine is that at 7 a.m. we run about .5 mile to the Chaoyang Park. Then we do stretching together to minimize injuries. Then the students run around the beautiful lake, which is about 1 mile. They then practice the guang-bo-ti-cao and martial art moves until 7:50 a.m.

Today at 11 a.m. all classes stopped the Chinese lessons and the students gathered in three rooms to make dumplings for lunch! It was the first time for many students to actually make dumplings. So it\'s very exciting. Zong Laoshi walked to the nearest supermarket to carry back about 20 pounds of materials and she made about 200-300 dumplings by herself. Wang Laoshi also bought 肉饼 (meat pie) for us in case there\'s not enough food. There was a lot of leftover dumplings and the meat pies.

At 1:30 p.m. the students continued their Chinese lessons for one more hour and then at 2:45 p.m. Wang Laoshi taught the students how to use Abacus.(珠算)to do additions. Most of the students were very interested in learning this new approach.

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the students did their online research on the China Science & Technology Museum, the Drum and Bell Towers, the Chinese cricket culture, the inner-painging, and Beijing\'s Hutong.

Then at 5:50 p.m. we left the hotel to eat at a nearby restaurant specializing in all kinds of \"porridge\" (宏状元粥店). Each student got 25 yuan and they polled their money at each table of four to order anything from the menu (except for soft drinks). Most of the students loved the experience.

The Chinese teachers, Wang Laoshi, Zong Laoshi, and Yang Laoshi, did not go with us to eat at the restaurant because they wanted to stay behind to finish the leftover from lunch. I felt very uneasy for them to eat leftover, but they told me that they\'d not be able to get rid of the leftover. I realized this was in China where people are much more conscious about not wasting food!

During reflection at 8 p.m., more and more students thought about thanking the teachers or their roommates who had helped them during another meaningful but busy day.

So much for today.



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