Hello Family and Friends,
I'm Dr. Angela Hicks, Director of Global Link. Global Link is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 2010 by American and Chinese educators to help youth ages 8 to 18 achieve their desired level of mastery in Chinese language through cultural experiences both in United States and China.
Some of you may remember that my then 10 year old son and I lived in Beijing, pre-olympics, in 2006 while I taught English. From that experience, we gained so much that we want to share with you and your family about China.
Our Mission is to empower youth to study Chinese, a national security language, to develop cultural awareness, to open the pathway for generations to become national and international leaders.
Today, China has the world's largest population with over 1.4 billion people. Learning her language will no doubt open a world of career options never dreamed. We hope you will be curious and then inspired to come along with us as we journey deeper into Chinese language and culture.
Join us on our upcoming trip to Nanjing, China. Each student will receive a $1000 scholarship to attend the beautiful campus of Jinling Institute of Technology, June 21 to July 14. Go to our website at www.globallinkchina.org to learn about our upcoming travel abroad opportunity
August 5th 2011
This summer, middle and high school students from Raleigh, NC went to Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) where they studied with classmates from all over the world. Their career aspirations are Physicist, Fashion designer (own my company) and Linguist. Each morning students took a 15 minute brisk walk to the University, dodging bikes, rickshaws, e-bikes, cars, buses, curious onlookers, rain, sun, hazy skies and much more. They completed 80 hours of Chinese language and culture study at the University and received a program certificate. Hats off to our students for finishing the course. In other words, daily interaction was vibrant, adventurous and especially interesting if you needed to ask for something. As there was No English! Everything in Characters! So learning was swift, fast and absolutely applicable. IMMERSION! There were lots of opportunities... read more
August 5th 2011
Summer Palace is a beautiful place. A must see. The Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in China. Its Chinese name, YiHeYuan, translates as 'Garden of Nurtured Harmony' or 'Garden for Maintaining Health and Harmony'. As its name implies, the Summer Palace was used as a summer residence by China's imperial rulers - as a retreat from the main imperial palace now known as the Palace Museum (or 'Forbidden City') The Summer Palace is located on the western edge of Beijing, between the fourth and fifth ring roads, close to the western Fragrant Hills, 12km from central Beijing. The Summer Palace is virtually a museum of traditional Chinese garden arts that blends rocks, trees, pavilions, lakes, ponds, paths and other features to create a poetic effect between different scenes. ... read more
August 4th 2011
We found ourselves in the midst of a world of people coming together with one common purpose: To Learn Chinese. Everyone had a connection to Beijing Language and Culture University. With over 12 counties represented at dinner, I'm certain our students learned it's a global affair and we can have a place at the table. I (Angela) was definitely the eldest at the table but never have I been happier to see young students from America see so many young high school and college students from all over the world. While everyone's thought was surely to have fun and chow down, my first thought was to take pictures of everyone and get a list with first names, email addresses and countries. I was in awe. I didn't want to miss gathering as much information as possible. ... read more
July 31st 2011
Hi, My name is Sadeiah. While in China this summer for 1 month I went to school to study Chinese language. I got a certificate from school. But I did this project on my own about China. So this is my project. Everyone liked my project. Hope you enjoy. CHINA by Sadeiah M. Facts About China 1. Population: 1,336,718,015 2. Capital: Beijing 3. Major Cities: Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Harbin, Chengdu 4. Area: 3,705,407 square miles 5. Bordering Countries: Fourteen 6. Coastline: 9,010 miles 7. Highest Point: Mount Everest at 29,035 feet 8. Lowest Point: Turpan Pendi at -505 feet Introduction: China is the third largest country in the world in terms of area but it is the world's largest based on population. The country is a developing nation with a capitalist economy that ... read more
July 30th 2011
We went to the magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven (TianTan) which is where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would make offerings to heaven and pray for good harvests. The Temple of Heaven was constructed during the reign of Ming Emperor YongLe (reign: 1403-1424). We stayed nearly all day and the sun was hot hot but the history was rich. ... read more
July 30th 2011
today we visited the great wall. one of china's most famous structure. apart from being one of the 7 wonders of the world, the great wall is also one of the oldest. the full great wall was not built until 226 B.C when the first emperor of china ordered all of the walls protecting china's cities to be connected; this created the great wall. the wall its self is thousands of years old. with no original date of construction. this will probably be one of the most beautiful places you visit. as well as the most tiring. ... read more
July 22nd 2011
Today we went to the Red Theater to see the famous broadway show, the Legend of Kung Fu. It is the most exciting Kung Fu show in the world.... read more
July 14th 2011
( wow )its going great! i,m having so much fun. First we landed in detroit, then we started look for something to eat. Everybody wanted chili's, so good. then we tried to exchange money in america but nobody was at the stand. So instead we went on the china plane. It was fun a lady named lisa managed to get us in 1st class it was fun. But when we landed we had problems, when we went to the hotel they said they did not get our reservation so instead we had to sleep in the hotel office. (omg) that was bad, i'm never doing that again. Then the next day everybody wokeup, and our China adventure began. So here are some of our 1st class pics. Much more to come. S. ... read more
July 11th 2011
Food is very interesting in China. We are forced to remember that we are not in America. We are in another country so the food tastes different. It's just different. We have been playing it safe and eating at the school canteen, KFC, McDonalds, Subways, Yoshinoya- a large Japanese food chain, and restaurants that have those delicious noodles in soup with chicken or beef and veggies which is great. So of course our taste buds are in shock and even those who aren't picky eaters are saying --- WHAT IS THAT? But overall the food in China is great! We love the spinning tables with everything in the center. It gives everyone a chance to taste everything on the table. And no there are no folks and spoons unless you're eating soup. We're in China. The ... read more
July 8th 2011
Off to the airport we go on Friday July 8, 2011. Come along and Blog with us. We hope you will join us next summer. See you on the other side of the World! In Beijing Haidian District!... read more