Day 7 photos school visit and the grand canal cruises

Jun - 04 2015 | no comments | By

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Day 4 – planning museum, temple, more trains and more shopping

Jun - 01 2015 | 2 comments | By

Another busy day! It’s hard to comprehend it’s Sunday.
We woke early to walk to people square where we found so many activities.. The Chinese love their fitness. We first came across dancing. A person simply takes music and random people arrive at 7 to dance. It was amazing. We all got involved at first with silly freestyle dancing, until Mrs Saddlier organised two lines for the heel and toe polka. Weren’t we glad Mr J did bush dancing last week.
Many Chinese got involved. Even an 80 year old lady, that we found out goes every morning and has done so for years.
The further we walked the more amazing sights we saw. First up was Tai Chi. They were all in their silks and soo in rhythm with each other. Next we came across sword fighting/dancing (they were only plastic swords luckily) and people dancing with fans. There were even people off to the side playing badminton. Picture all of this in a heaps bigger Hargreaves Mall and that’s what it was like.
Next on our daily agenda was the planning museum. This was really cool. They have a full scale model of Shanghai that you can walk around.
Some facts for those that care;
* Shanghai has a population of approx 24 million people on land that is 6340 squared kilometres.
* in 1949 the population was 4.14 million with residents having 3.9 squared metres living space. But in2010 with the population over 20 million, the living space grew to 16.7 square metres. So heaps more people, same amount of land, yet quadruple the living space. The Chinese are well planned!
After expanding our knowledge of Shanghai it was time for lunch. We snuck off from our home group as Miss Gallagher wouldn’t let us have ‘any American take away’ again. We found a place where no staff spoke English, but somehow we managed to order pork dumplings and a noodle dish with Shrimps, chives, soya bean paste and some broth. Traditional Chinese and it was delicious. We even nailed the chopsticks. After full bellies we went to see another one at the temple.
It was absolutely breathtaking.
We visited the sights and took heaps of photos and even tested our good luck by throwing coins into a big temple. It took quite a few turns for us to be ‘lucky’.
After the temple we had an hour spare and after an unanimous vote we revisited the markets. More presents were purchased with Fras very happy with beats for 25 yuan and Miss G extremely happy with her tea set.
The night activity involved a river cruise on the Bund. As it was dark the lights of the buildings were amazing. The cruise took 45 minutes and we were in awe of the breathtaking views.
We also had our paparazzi again. All the Chinese love us ‘aussies’!!

We are off to bed as its late and we have to be up early to Skype the school. We can’t wait to talk to you all.
Tomorrow we leave for Suzhou.

On a lasting comment we thought we would share our biggest highlight so far.
Kurt – the metro system. I love getting on the trains, they go really fast and it’s cool to train surf
Fras – pearl tower. The views were awesome and I loved laying face first on the glass looking nearly 300 metres down at the ground.
James- Pearl tower and the circus. Actually I wish the Circus was in the Pearl tower. The fact that the Pearltower was 273 metres tall and Layed on the glass. I loved everything about the circus!!!

Talk to you all tomorrow

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Day 3 photos

May - 31 2015 | no comments | By

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Day 3

May - 31 2015 | 1 comment | By

First of all, sorry a muck up with the days. Day 1 was the flight (not much to report on) and day 2 was pearl tower, dumplings, etc.

Now to day 3… After a sluggish start, we finally left the motel at 10am and didn’t stop until 10:30pm. Today consisted of the big red hop on hop off bus, where we saw many beautiful and some not so sights. It was great to sit, watch, listen and get our bearings to this amazing city.
The architecture and history were one not to forget, especially driving through the Jin Jiang gardens , where we were yesterday. The bund river looked awesome from land, we can’t wait to see it by water.
Lunch consisted of Spag Bol and a lemonade at a western restaurant in the pedestrian mall.
Next we tried our hand at bartering again.. A much better result. The boys came away with many goodies consisting of more beats, watches, personalised shirts, hats, sunnies and Lego.. Miss Gallagher even managed a handbag..
The time came to get the train home to freshen up before we headed to the circus. Overall consensus “just a little bit better than the one in Bendigo last year, kidding, it was the best circus ever!!”
We all absolutely loved it!!!!
The motorbikes, aerobics, trampolines, push bikes, it was all fantastic. They are all soo strong!!
It’s now 10:30 and we are back at the motel ready for bed..

Such a busy day. Early start tomorrow for tai chi and sword fighting in people square..

Until then,
Miss G, Kurt, Fras and James

One major thing to come from the day;
Pedestrian crossings and red lights must just be guidelines

Day 1 – Sightseeing, Pearl Tower and Dumplings

May - 29 2015 | 2 comments | By

What a great day!
After a 7 course breakfast we left to try our hand at the Metro. Thank goodness Juncai was there. After a few faulty cards we were on our way to the Pearl tower. It was awesome!!! We all had a go at standing/sitting/laying on the glass that was 273? metres high. It was scary!!
The Chinese locals were quite amused with us ‘aussies’. They kept asking us for photos.. We think Fraser was a favourite..
Next up was lunch at a dumpling restaurant. We had our own private room which helped with he lack of chopstick skills. Everyone loved the dumplings and even managed to eat some fried rice with chopsticks. Verdict was the chicken dumplings for the win.. After lunch we travelled the metro again to the Jin Jang gardens and onto the markets.. I think we may need a couple more days to master the bartering system. The boys walked away smiling very happy with their efforts..
Arrived back to he motel around 6, a short time to Skype the families before we head out again for dinner..

Until next time
Miss G, Kurt, Fras and JT

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We arrived!

May - 29 2015 | no comments | By

We arrived to our motel at 10:30 local time Last night.
After a good night sleep we are ready to go.. Breakfast was different to say the least. There was sushi, yams, pasta, bacon & eggs, dumplings, wedges, rice and the bread was really sweet/sugary.
Today we are sightseeing, going to the pearl tower, trying our luck at the market and have dumplings for lunch.
Until next time
Miss G, Fraser, ,kurtley and James

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Welcome to our Team China travellers for 2015

Apr - 27 2015 | no comments | By

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We welcome Kurtley Berry, Fraser Stewart and James Toomey who are the three lucky children who will be travelling from Marong to China this year.  All three boys are eagerly awaiting for the trip to commence.

Adventures in Suzhou

Jun - 05 2014 | 1 comment | By

This morning we went to a local activity centre which had some amazing facilities. After the activity centre we visited a local school where we took part in table tennis and kung fu sessions. After the school visit we went to a local space for some tai chi and tonight we went to Time Square for a touch of shopping (the kids were a little disappointed because they couldn’t bargain!) .

Sister School Visit

Jun - 05 2014 | 1 comment | By

Today we went to our sister school, where we did a range of different activities such as Chinese painting, exercise, fencing and making sticky puddings. The school is very different to ours in many ways. In the afternoon we went down the old streets beside the canals and the kids discovered the ice chocolates at Starbucks!! We had dinner at a local Chinese restaurant followed by some Chinese opera (it was so amazing we could all hardly keep our eyes open!).

Suzhou

Jun - 03 2014 | 2 comments | By

After skyping assembly (Billy did wake up!), we travelled by bus from Shanghai to Suzhou. It was interesting to see the different infrastructure along the way. After we settled into our rooms we went to a lovely garden and then putted along the canal in boat. We had tea at a delicious Chinese restaurant and kids all tried different things …..there were even fish eyeballs consumed!

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