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Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
The trip began with two long flights, somewhat tiring since they were mostly throughout the night: English time on the first flight and China time (7 hours ahead of English time) on the second flight. But, despite this, there were plenty of opportunities for some glorious sunshine and enticing views.
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Well, Day 1 definitely began on a high with a visit to The Great Wall of China and what an incredible experience it was. The day began with breakfast in the hotel- a mixture of Chinese and Western options which included delicious, freshly baked bao buns with mince or vegetables and a buffet of fresh fruit, croissants, sausages, eggs and noodles or rice!
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Another 7:45 am Mandarin wake up call greeted the group to give them time to have breakfast and get ready before the 9:00am departure. Breakfast again gave students the choice to stick safe with toast and croissants or try the more traditional Chinese offerings like noodles and Bao buns. After this it was time to get on our bright orange t-shirts and get on the road.
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Thursday began with a slightly later start (9.30 departure from the hotel) after an even greater choice of breakfast and some of the favourite Chinese dishes tasted at dinner previously (scrambled egg and cooked tomato), along with a greater choice of the usual English classics (bacon and sausage) but Chinese- style.
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Friday (our last day in Beijing and Lilyʼs birthday) was bittersweet: sorrowful because we wonʼt be doing any more sightseeing here but overjoyed because we made some special memories and bought some incredible souvenirs and gifts!!
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Saturday began with a very very early start: 4.45 to be precise! The coach arrived ready to collect us and we were delivered to Beijing train station which was rather like an airport in size and population than any train station we had been familiar with at home. Then, before we knew it, we were in Shenyang...A long journey even of 4 hours goes fast when you’re travelling at 200 mph! Then, we had the mission of getting 50 students (SPH and 3 other schools’), as well as 6 teachers and all of our luggage off the train in 8 minutes! The other passengers just simply had to wait as there was no way our group was being divided.
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
We first met Billy, our host in the lobby at 11530, with his lovely mum who was extremely welcoming to all of us. We then drove to their house where Billyʼs grandma treated us to homemade dumplings stuffed with pork and celery and finally, we tasted some delectable pink and white seeded dragon fruit for dessert.
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Since school here begins at 8.30, Miss Cox and Mr Cooper awoke students at 6.45 to allow time to have breakfast and be on the coaches for 7:30. It was then close to an hour journey in the Shenyang traffic to get to school for an 8:30 start.
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Today was a typical Chinese school day where we left at 7.40 am and arrived, ready to start lessons at 8.30. Mandarin was our first lesson and today’s lesson taught us how to talk about ourselves in conversation.
Jan 10, 2018, 2:50 PM
Wednesday began with the usual 90 minute Mandarin lesson. Today, we learnt that Miss Angela has the voice of an angel! She demonstrated this when she taught us an even more complex Mandarin song: 最選民族風 風換穿 球(zui xuan min zu feng fengchuangchuan qi). This song is a famous song used for square dancing and was particularly fast- paced and for us, quite difficult to sing! Nonetheless, she patiently demonstrated and we harmonised our own version!