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"YingHua in Beijing" Summer Program Announcement

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by Luo,Lifeng on 2008-07-15

Dear Parents,
We had another fun-filled field trip day! The weather was great today after yesterday's rain. The highest temperature was 30 C, which was 86 F. We had another blue sky!
We first went to Jingshan Park just north of the Forbidden City. We visited the tree where the last Ming emperor "ChongZhen" hang himself upon learning his fate after seeing a fortune-teller (www.chinahistoryforum.com/lofiversion/index.php/t7145.html).
We climbed through the five pavilions. While we were at the highest Pavilion, we saw the full view of the Forbidden City. It's just amazing! We also saw The National Centre for the Performing Arts, which we visited a couple of days ago, and the Drum Tower, which we visited during the first week. In fact, we could see as far as the mountains to the west of the city. It's just a beautiful day!!
Then we entered the Beihai Park through the East Gate and climbed the Qiong Hua Dao to overlook the lake and the beautiful scenery.
We then took an ice-cream break. We don't allow snack food or sweet drinks on campus, but we can have one ice-cream stop on a long field trip day. Each person can only get one ice-cream OR one sweet drink (no soda).
Around 10:30 a.m., we got on four boats. Each boat takes 5 people. So the ten 11 years old and older kids split up in two boats with each boat having two girls and three boys. The rest of the four younger boys split up into two boats. Gong Laoshi and Jackie were with Max and Jack. Kevin and I were with Jay and Darren.
It's the first time for many kids to see and use the oars on these boats. That one hour on the water was a fun time!
Then we visited the nine-dragon screen, Heavenly King Hall, and Quiet Heart Studio. The kids really liked feeding the fish at Quiet Heart Studio (Jingxin Zhai). We also saw the Five-dragon Pavilions in a distance while we were on the lake.
We arrived at Origus Pizza at 12:40 p.m. It's a buffet place serving more than just pizza. Jack exclaimed, "This is heaven!"
After a "heavenly" meal, we visited the Beijing YuanLong Silk Corporation. The kids learned about the process of making silk and experienced how to make a silk quilt.
Then we went to the Beijing Enamel Factory to observe the process of making "Enamel" (Cloisonne or Jing3 Tai4 Lan2). Ask your kids the five steps in making it!
We spent half an hour at the famous French supermarket chain - Carrefour. The rule is no snack food or drinks. The kids were very cooperative.
On the way to the supermarket, an 8-year-old boy was running along a handrail and leaving his left hand gliding on the handrail. Suddenly his hand passed through a rough connecting portion of the rail so his hand had two pieces of skin cut open. Though not very deep, they were deep enough to bleed and cause a great deal of pain. Gong Laoshi took him to a nearby hospital for treatment and he received a Tetanus shot. The cost of almost 100 yuan should be covered by the traveler's insurance. It's a big lesson for the boys to learn - do not trust the handrail.
Around 5:40 p.m. we went to Quan Ju De for the famous Peking Duck!!! The kids love it!
After the dinner, we went to Chao Yang Theater to watch the new acrobat show - Flying. It's a show that is more sophisticated than the previous years. It's more like a show by Cirque du Soleil than before.
We got back around 9:15 p.m.
So much for today.


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