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Asia » China » Yunnan July 22nd 2011

We have all arrived safety at our hotel at Kunming. All room numbers of students are the same as the first time we stayed here except for Rong Tan W and Bill Zong J. Their room number is now 1304. Please refer to previous blog for room numbers of remaining students. The last 2 days, we have visited a few sites. Please see below information of each site: Tropical Rainforest Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) (中国科学院西双版纳热带植物园), of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), was founded in 1959 is located in Xishuangbanna at 21º55' N, 101º15'E, covering an area of 900 ha. Over 10 thousand species of tropical plants are preserved in its 34 living collections. Pottery Making Many Dai villages in Xishuangbanna preserve the traditional method of pottery-marking which is originated in remote antiquity and all ... read more
Tropical Rainforest
Tropical Rainforest
Tropical Rainforest

Asia » China » Yunnan July 21st 2011

On July 21, students visited Dai Village. At the village, we witnessed people making many activities such as jewellry-making, spinning cotton, writing scriptures on leaves and paper making, Afterwards, students fully enjoyed participating in the water sprinkling festival. The 2005 Water-Splashing Festival -- held on New Year's Day, 1367, according to the Dai calendar -- was celebrated by both visitors and residents in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province from April 12 to 18. The annual Water-Splashing Festival is most important holiday of the Dai people. Held during the sixth month of the Dai calendar, usually falling in the middle of April, it is also known as the Festival for Bathing the Buddha. Although there are numerous legends about the origin of the festival, one of the best known tells of the ... read more
Jewellry Making
Spinning Cotton

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming July 20th 2011

Good morning. Yesterday (July 20), we visited the World Horti-Expo GardenThe World Horti-Expo Garden is a botanical garden center in Kunming. It played host to the October 1999 Kunming International Horticulture Exposition. As an international botanical garden, the Expo Garden has become a significant Kunming landmark. The World Horti-Expo Garden covers an area of 218 hectares and is consisted of 5 indoor exhibition halls (China Hall, the Man and Nature Hall, the Green House, the Science and Technology Hall, and the International Hall), 6 theme gardens (the Tree Garden, the Tea Garden, the Bonsai Garden, the Medicinal Herb Garden, the Bamboo Garden, and the Vegetable and Fruit Garden) and 34 outdoor gardens of domestic participants, 34 outdoor gardens for foreign countries and international organizational and 9 outdoor exhibition area for the enterprise participants. The World-expo Ga ... read more
Expo Garden
Expo Garden
Expo Garden

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming July 17th 2011

To enrich our cultural knowledge, students have had the pleasure to learn to play a Chinese instrument called "Hu Lu Si" which resembles a clarinet/recorder and learn one of the folk dances of one of the minority groups. They've also had the opportunity to witness dancers as they practice their dance number for national competition. Yesterday, students marvelled and enjoyed exploriong the Stone Forest. Stone Forest or Shilin (Chinese: 石林; pinyin: Shílín) is a notable set of karst formations located in Yunnan Province, approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) from the provincial capital Kunming. The tall rocks seem to emanate from the ground in the manner of stalagmites, with many looking like petrified trees thereby creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. Since 2007, two parts of the site, the Naigu Stone Forest (乃古石林) and ... read more
Hu Lu Si
Hu Lu Si
Hu Lu Si

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming July 16th 2011

The Kunming Xinghua International Resort is spread over a great many acres. At it’s centre is a man made lake, over which is built a meandering bridge for after-dinner strolls. At the centre of the lake is a beautiful gold trimmed pagoda. Around the perimeter of the lake are water lilies and smaller ponds of fish and turtles. The centre piece of the lake is a massive mirror imaged gilded dragon. This centre piece sets the stage for a very tranquil ambience. For those wanting to meditate or just have quiet conversation, the many trails which meander throughout the gardened grounds offer just that. At intervals along the path are both marble benches, which encourage quiet contemplation, and outdoor aerobic machines designed to test one’s physical endurance. We often cross paths with other students from other ... read more
Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony
Opening Ceremony

Asia » China » Shanghai » Luwan July 14th 2011

July 14th, 2011 This morning, we went back to the 7-Colour Flower E. S. for different cultural activities such as table tennis, Kung Fu, Tea ceremony, and yo-yo activities. We had great fun! After having a tasty lunch we arrived at the circus town to participate in the closing ceremony. All 800 summer camp students from all over the world were there. We went in a dome-shaped building that was very big. I got a good view of the stage. After the closing ceremony, there were two parts for the circus act, the first part was performed by other students, and it was something like a talent show. The first part was very interesting; there were many talented performers and they performed acts such as: martial arts, playing instruments, singing and etc. The first part was ... read more
Kung Fu
Dong Fang Ming Zhu (Oriental Pearl) Television Tower

Asia » China » Shanghai » Luwan July 13th 2011

After a fulfilling breakfast at about 7:30 in the morning and some getting ready, we went out of the hotel to visit a community centre. That centre was just celebrating China’s 90 year anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. There were lots of models of planes, tanks and weapons used during historical times and a wide range of visual arts of ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphies. We also saw some children doing some arts and crafts with beads and a fitness room. We were introduced to a Chinese instrument called the Er Hu and the teacher even performed some of the most famous songs for us. There was also another teacher that showed us the paper cutting of a bird on a tree and a dragon. In the short time, we were very amazed at ... read more
Craft Making
Learning to Play Erhu
Enjoying Erhu

Asia » China » Shanghai July 12th 2011

Today was a busy day. We got morning calls at 6 am and were on the bus by 7:30. When we came back to the hotel, it was almost 10 pm. DAY 4 – JULY 12, 2011 Our entire group entered the China Pavilion (World Expo) as the first area we visited today. Despite the incredibly long queue, the wait was worth it as we were able to see many artefacts that represent China. Our group became lost amongst the enormous crowds of people, and thinking that we missed our bus we attempted to leave the line for an exhibition ride. However, we were not allowed to leave, so our only other choice was to ride the ride. It was an amazingly complex light show that details the lives of the people of China. In the ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai July 11th 2011

Today, we were broken up into groups and enjoyed visiting and spending the day with a local student family and had the opportunity to be a Shanghai citizen for one day...and what a day it was. For many it was their favourite day so far. ... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai July 10th 2011

Seven Colored Flower Elementary School Trip July 10, 2011 By: Heather and Jason Today was the first official day for Shanghai camp, and we went to the Seven Colored Flower Elementary School to learn about the Chinese culture and education. First we had our opening ceremony there, where we were introduced to the teachers and students of the school. We were given a key chain and an art portfolio each during the assembly for souvenir. Then we were assigned into 6 groups; A, B, C, D, E, and F. Afterwards we were taken by three student guides from the school for a tour around. We learned three classic Chinese songs that we had to perform at the assembly that same night. There were lead singers, and people playing instruments. We got a chance to rehearse our ... read more
Cool keychains!

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