Thursday, 19 October 2017

In Beijing

After an overnight train from Shanghai to Beijing we are in a great hotel near Tiananmen Square.
We visited the zoo today and have explored some local streets(very much set up for tourists but cool and great for bargaining. This evening we are heading to a Kungfu show and will get up early tomorrow to head to the square for the dawn flag raising ceremony.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Congratulations Room 23

Congratulations to Room 23 who won the Best Production award in the Confucius 10 year birthday celebration competition!

Thank you to Edwin and Xanthe who represented us so elegantly at the awards dinner held on Monday Night at the Auckland Museum.
We are all very Jelly... of you getting to go to such a prestigious event.

Congratulations to you all.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Day 1 Cixi School

videoToday we were welcomed to Cixi school. The morning was spent in classes and this afternoon we are having a robotics class and then making dumplings!
We had lunch with the whole school on the dining room !

Lots of new challenges and fun today.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

5 days in Shanghai

We have Spent each morning at Fudan University this week with a fantastic tutor eaten lunch in the university cafe and then visited tourist sites- Pearl Tower, Hangpu River Cruise, Shanghai history museum, planning museum and Artifacts museum, Shanghai Circus, French quarter and Mao st, Yuyan Gardens, Peace Hotel, Walked the Bund ... and on Friday  off to Wuzhen water village... 
All in 5 Days!!!
Today we head to Cixi to meet our billets and Sister School families. 

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Day 3

Another great day for our intrepid travellers!
We started with Mandarin lessons, presenting our pepeha ( in Mandarin of course) and learning about prepositions!
Lunch was in the university cafe and was a great success with students independently finding the food they wanted and ordering!
We then headed to the Shanghai museum of historical artifacts Followed by the Planning museum.
An hour to wander in a shopping precinct was followed by dinner, then it was off to the circus!
It was an amazing evening show that concluded another day.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Day 2 in China

Today we started with Mandarin lessons which were a little shorter than planned as we were invited to a special lunch with two other schools from Hamilton !
This was neat.
We then headed to Pudong, up the Pearl Tower followed by a virtual roller coaster ride over the HuAngpu river!
The two hours we spent in the history museum were fascinating .
After a yummy dinner we headed to the river for a cruise .. a beautiful way to finish a great day!

Monday, 9 October 2017

Day 1 China

We arrived and we're in bed by midnight! But hat means we had been awake (sort of) for 26 hours!
The children are awesome travelling companions.
Who made Simon's cool headphones.
We got to ride on a bus from the plane to the terminal.
Iris - our super guide picked us up and has collected us this morning to head to the university. An exciting day ahead!