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May 23, 2010 - Longsheng - Rice Terraces

Hello!!! What a week trekking!!! We arrived in Longsheng last Monday and stayed in the village renound for its Long-haired ladies!! On the first day of trekking we watched the Long-haired ladies in a cultural performance before hitting the road. Literally the road. i was a little worried as in my mind i had trekking to be something off the beaten track, more footpaths as opposed to a main road. But the following days made up for this as we began the real trek through the rice terraces. The walks were stunning and even despite the...

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May 21, 2010 - Guilin

We have just left the Yangzi Explorer at Chongqing and have been picked up by our next guide Nancy Jiao who will take us to the airport for our trip to Guilin. We have been without Internet access while on the River for the past 4 days. But even if we had access to the Internet we probably wouldn't have emailed anyone because frankly we're tired. We never heard of Chongqing but now we know that Chongqing is the largest city in China--32,000,000 people. The numbers are just incredible. People joke that the national bird to China is the...

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May 14, 2010 - Yangshuo - The week's review!

Hello!!! Well his week in yangshuo has been brilliant!!! Full of activities and a lot of variety... From caves, to climbing Moon Hill, to bamboo rafting on the Li River, to a Theatre visit, cycling and swimming in the river it has been quite an eventful week!! I wont bore you with all the details but instead will upload as many photos i can in this hour i have in the internet cafe!!! Yangshuo is a really nice place. Despite being touristy is has a lot of cultural activities and a wide variety of things to keep you occupied. It has been a...

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May 14, 2010 - Kunming and Guilin

Our second day in Dali we went to a beautiful park overlooking Lake Erhai. Beautiful views out over the lake and a very tranquil setting. Not a lot of people since it is midweek, but there were some ladies doing their exercises in the park. Next we went to the three pagodas area. The big pagoda was built 1200 years ago, and the two smaller ones are 'only' 800 years old. They have survived earthquakes and uprisings, but all have a little lean to them, and you can't climb them. There is an impressive temple complex, but it is a reconstruction...

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May 10, 2010 - Nanning

Jour 7 Arrivée à Nanning en train, le midi, nous réservons deux places en couchette cette fois direction Hanoï. Heureusement qu'avant de partir le frère de Tony nous a offert un traducteur chinois-français, car sans çà, je ne sais pas bien comment nous aurions fait! Même avec, ils nous répondent en écrivant en chinois. Visiblement pour eux le chinois est une écriture universelle. En attendant le départ, nous achetons quelques souvenirs dans un marché souterrain proche de la gare. Le train couchette ça pourrait être que du bonheur si nous...

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May 10, 2010 - Yangshuo

Hi all!!! Just a quick update... We have now moved to a town called Yangshuo. It is a bustling, busy town, very touristy but also very beautiful as it sits by the Li River. There's lots to do here and we have a busy schedule for this week. Met some more volunteers, of the same company as the one we are with, who are teaching here in Yangshuo. We spend our evenings and weekends togther and they are a really nice group! It's a nice change from being in the very remote countryside and now staying in a lively town. A week will be long enough...

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May 7, 2010 - Last day of Teaching

Ni hao! Today was our last day of teaching. It was been such a good week, a couple of trouble makers but not a problem!!! :) Today, with it being my last lesson I bought the children some sweets which I would give out after class. I had saved my favourite lesson until last... Body Parts!!!! Just like the other day with the grade fours I started by bringing a child to the front and pointing out the different parts of the body that the children had to say the name of. I then made them all as a class point to their head, arm, hands, leg......

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May 6, 2010 - Teaching - Day 3

Hello!!! Today was another brilliant day teaching! Slightly more challenging in my second class, the one I like to call the 'noisey class'! At last minute I decided to change my lesson plan for the day! Origionally i had planned to do 'Body Parts' with my Grade 3 classes today and then an aerobics class for fun tomorrow with it being the last day of teaching. However, I decided the aerobics class wasn't going to go down well as a class in a school in China!!! Soooooo.... I wanted to save my most fun lesson for the last class on Friday...

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May 5, 2010 - Teaching - Day 2

Ni Hao! Today was a brilliant day teaching!! I had one class of Grade Four (10-11 year olds) and one class of Grade Three (9-10 year olds). In my Grade Four class we learnt parts of the body! It was such a fun and interactive lesson. As per usual at schools in China the children continued to repeat everything i said but they soon got the gist of what i wanted to happen. We started off by identifying the different body parts and i got a different child to come up to the front and demonstrate where the body part was and i then wrote the...

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May 4, 2010 - First day of teaching

Nia Hao, Today was our first day teaching at the school. As my lesson was only in the afternoon i had all morning to make my final preparations! As soon as we arrived at the school the children rushed to crowd us and were shouting 'Hello!!!' My lesson was just a general one to begin with, getting to know the children, so we learnt sentences such as 'Hello', 'What is your name?' 'How old are you' etc... and the children actually began to understand their meaning as i wrote them on the board and we practiced conversations in partners and...

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May 3, 2010 - Bank Holiday Monday

Ni Hao!! Today has been a very interesting day, full of different activities!!! This morning, Chris, Helen and I took the bikes out for another spin. There are only two bikes so i ran alongside for the first bit and we kept rotating! We cycled through a small village nearby and the scenery, although much the same as everywhere else nearby, was beautiful! We were trying to complete a circuit from our house and so following the directions of an elderly local we headed down a dirt track, only to come out at the river. The only way to get to...

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May 2, 2010 - Weekend

Ni hao! This weekend has been very relaxing and enjoyable! We have our weekends free to do whatever we like and so on Saturday we went on a bike ride!!! The bikes however had no gears, wonky handlebars, dodgy brakes and THE most uncomfortable seat imaginable!!! Yet still we cycled for nearly 3 hours... we paid for it later though! We didn't really know where we were going but followed the road to the river and stopped at the bridge. We then took a few detours and meandered through some very small villages, Much like where we are staying,...

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