Dalian/Beijing TDSB Summer Camp 2013


Dalian/Beijing TDSB Summer Camp 2013

This camp is run by Continuing Education Department of Toronto District School Board in partnership with Qiaoban in China.

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 29th 2013

Dennis Liu Recovery. During past few days, this was the only non-overly exhausting day I have experienced. The day began with a less then average breakfast, not that I had the stomach to eat anyways. I then went into the hotel to indulge in what I find to be the most unforgettable part of this trip, playing cards and watching videos with the friends you meet. After an intense yet relaxing round of poker, we had Chinese class. Chinese class and I have a love-hate relationship. Personally, I would rather being doing something else, but since its China might as well learn some. We then went to the home of a Dalian citizen. They were really welcoming and friendly like the rest of the people in China. We talked about life ... read more

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 28th 2013

Three hours north of Dalian is the Bingyu Valley also know as Little Guillan. Steep limestone cliffs rise out of the river that provides the only access to our resting place for the night. We find time to explore the dramatic scenery, try our some amusements, and sing around a bonfire under spectacular fireworks. Being in this camp for the first time has been both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. Today, we returned from an enjoyable evening as well as a very different kind of hotel in little Guilin back to our rooms in Liaoning. We returned a little early due to fear of heavy rain delaying our boat ride across the river. During the 3 hour bus ride back, we were given a small KFC meal to fill in temporally for a lunch. To be ... read more

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 26th 2013

Ni Hao!!! As I write this, we are currently finishing off the third day of our fantastic adventures in the People’s Republic of China, and boy what a day it was! After breakfast, fellow students attended a quick Chinese lesson which emphasized familiarizing ourselves with Dalian’s landmarks, history and food. Once this was over, the class then proceeded to move into an art lesson. The challenge we students faced involved painting a bowl of cherries in the traditional Chinese art style dating from back many centuries, which was a task every one completed with ease. Lunch came around and after that we hopped onto a bus to visit one of the biggest mountains in the eastern region, “MO”. This mountain is well known by many not only for its Buddhist temples, but also because ... read more

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian July 25th 2013

Today was the second day of our trip to China, though it has felt much longer. In the morning, we had two hours of Chinese/mandarin class. We reviewed pinyan, and played a game that had us creating words with letter cards. Those of us who made mistakes were made to sing in front of the class. That group, unfortunately, included me. We managed to put off actually opening our mouths until the end of the game. Only two of us ended up singing, again, including me. After that, we had an abacus class. A six year old girl did a demonstration of the abacus in action. She amazed all of us, and, least to say, her skills are much better than the rest of ours. We were taught in the art of calculating using the abacus ... read more

Asia » China » Liaoning July 24th 2013

Bruce: Today was day one of the China 2013 Root-Seeking Summer Camp. We were to wake up at 7:30 for breakfast and then had some free time. We were also given a schedule of what we’d be doing and what everyday routines would be. Unfortunately, jetlag makes working and concentrating on things like papercutting difficult but it was still entertaining none the less. We had large amounts of spare time today which we spent socializing and shopping for things like detergent and food. I’m looking forward to the next 2 weeks of this. Luke: Our trip to China started off with a thirteen hour long trip from Toronto to Beijing. However, our trip was not finished yet as we still had to fly from Beijing to Dalian. Sadly, when we arrived at the Beijing Airport we ... read more

Asia » China » Liaoning » Dalian » Dalian July 16th 2013

Dalian is a place TDSB supervisors are familiar with. Our 2009 summer camp had an unforgetable experience here. We are sure we will have a good time here again!... read more

Asia » China » Tianjin » Bin Hai Xin Qu July 25th 2012

Today's original plan was to start at 8:30 am. However, due to rain (not heavy at all), the outing was delayed at least an hour. We visited Tianjin Cultural Centre. The beautiful music fountain was put on show just for us. Then we visited the Music Hall, 2 art exhibitions and a gift store. We were back on campus for lunch at around 1:30 pm. In the afternoon, some students rehearsed for closing ceremony and some watched Kongfu video. Tomorrow, we'll have breakfast at 7, closing ceremony from 7:30 - 8:30. Then we'll hit the road. All of us are very excited because we are going to the Great Wall tomorrow! This is the third time I'm doing this entry. The internet is very unstable. I lost what I wrote twice because I thought it's not ... read more

Asia » China » Tianjin » Bin Hai Xin Qu July 24th 2012

Our kids are doing a lot of Kongfu now - Morning, evening and at Kongfu class. Now everything is geared to preparation for closing ceremony, which we may not be present. This afternoon we made dumplings. Our students enjoyed it a lot. Adrian (16) I’m having an amazing time at this camp, but it’s only thanks to the people I’ve met here, not the organized events. Today was fun because we actually got to go shopping and leave the campus for half the day. The staff really here care a lot about safety and all, but their limitations and punishments are just borderline retarded. But the people I’ve met here are amazing. I’m closer to them than half of my school friend. There’s just something that gets us close, and I have no clue what it ... read more
Let's get out!
Making dumplngs

Asia » China » Tianjin » Bin Hai Xin Qu July 20th 2012

Yesterday, as everyday, we woke at 6:50 a.m. with the usual wake-up call. We very quickly prepared ourselves for morning Kongfu exercises. These sessions, from run from 7:15 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. are led by teachers from the camp. It’s comical to watch each other try to master this art since we all demonstrate various levels of competency and energy levels at this early hour. Immediately following breakfast we attended our first session which was Chinese Language. Again, various levels of competency are demonstrated by our classmates during these Language sessions. Moving on to more exciting activities, we were also introduced to the ancient art of calligraphy, using ink and brush, and then painting, using only your hand as a brush. Practising the art of holding the calligraphy brush correctly and then working with the ink ... read more
Going to class
Kongfu class
In History museum

Asia » China » Tianjin » Bin Hai Xin Qu July 19th 2012

We arrived around 8:l0 pm on July 15. The camp site is about 40 KM north of Tianjin city. The first day was relaxing with Mandarin oral skill assessment in the morning and opening ceremony in the afternoon. I was out whole day to pick up a late arriving student at Bejing Airport. On July 17, Language and culture classes started. Our students had oral Mandarin, opera face painting, Chinese fashion history and calligraphy. Yesterday July 18, we went to TianAn Men Square and Forbidden City. The weather was not very hot and cloudy. We had to walk a lot, but our students were in high spirit. We have a few singing boys in our group. They kept singing all day. We had to stop them on our way back because other people needed to rest! ... read more
First game
Flag presentation on Opening Ceremony
Opening ceremony

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