The School Bell Rings in Chengdu

Trip Start Nov 10, 2009
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Trip End Nov 24, 2009


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Flag of China  , Sichuan,
Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We feel like we have finally arrived in the real China.  We see no tourists here.  Today we went to Moziquao Primary School.  We were met at the gate by students who greeted us in English.  We were welcomed at a school assembly and given beautiful bouquets.  Then Marilyn gave a speech to 1200 students.   Next we were were presented with gifts.  Marilyn received an antique Chinese carving and we all were given beautiful student made calligraphy scrolls.  We observed an English class that was teaching the children the names of animals.  Then we braved the chilly temperatures to interact with two outdoor PE lessons.  We presented two different lessons to 60 students while 40 Chinese teachers observed.  We taught the names of various foods and simple sentence structures and then taught the concept of prepositions using the food.  We gave the children Jenks Trojan tattooes and Smarties candy.  We wanted to present a very hands on interactive lesson as this is seldom done in China.  Interesting fact--their is no heat in the school building, some windows are open and no one ever takes their coat off.  We taught in our coats, we ate in our coats and we froze.  When the school day was over we went to Jin Li, a famous historical street, to have a traditional tea ceremony with the staff.  After this they treated us to a hot pot dinner.  Chegdu is famous for hot pot cooking.  When we left the restaurant...guess what......it was snowing!  The snow is following us all over China.  We will be back in the school tomorrow for more observation.  We have been gone a week and are a little homesick.  A cheeseburger would be like the Temple of Heaven right now. 
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