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Oct 5, 2014 - Day 11 Sunday

Sleep was good. Brekky was awesomondo again. Love the bacon and egg sang as and juices..They do double fried eggs. Lol. Very western. Hehe. Went to temple of heaven. It was nice but not much to do. Just a temple surrounded by walls and small temples each side. Still brilliant but getting used to seeing temples and palaces now. Lol. The walk in the park to it was better and lots, I mean lots, people playing card games and a footsy type game with a feathered weighted thingy. We tried but not so good. Lol. Beautiful park. We did a tea ceremony...

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Oct 4, 2014 - Day 8 Thursday

Up this morning early again for a western brekky (bacon eggs) and then a 1.5hr bus to Shanghai for an airplane to Beijing. At the airport after check in, we got called to baggage inspection for a problem and it ended up being Lea's bag, cos of a clicker for mozzie bites. Lol. The police carried machine guns here. The plane trip was ok but same processes as international. Noticeably the roads are wider in Beijing, mbikes had their own lanes and seemed busier with newer cars. Taxis are Hyundai's and newer than Shanghai's. We saw Ferrari's,...

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Sep 29, 2014 - Shanghai day 3

SEP29: Shanghai Our last day is a free day, most chose to go down town shopping. After breakfast, our guide, felix, took us by way of the Shanghai subway to 2 shopping districts. At the first one some of us went into a 4 story building called “Hancity fashion & accessories Plaza” which was like an indoor mall. It was filled with very small shops selling cloths, jewelry, watches, luggage, and electronics to name a few. We spent 2 hours in there. The sales people were very aggressive and you had to bargain the price. They would start out...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Day 4 Sunday

SUN- Today started with a good brekky at Loudong hotel in Taicang. Again some different food types groups. Went the Chinese brekky again but leaning more towards western dishes. Lol. Sister school picked us up for the day and went to Suzhou (Suejo) for day. Met my new found friend George (Chinese name) who is an English teacher at the sister school. We got a long really well. He told me lots stories and insight into Shanghai, taicang and China. We went to 'The Lion Garden Forest' first. Magnificent rock formations and water pond area. It...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Day 5 Monday

Today was the first day with our sister school. So over Chinese brekky and only western now. And orange juice is warm cordial. Yuck. Pear juice for me. When arrived at school, they had a ceremony and a band welcoming us. Very formal and blown away. After the welcome, we did assembly and up front on stage in front of 1600 students. Our kids did a speech each and then we all got presented back packs with gifts. Very good bag and gifts - food, calligraphy set, good luck charm, school logo sicker, china mask t-shirt, chocolate and stuff. We...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Day 6 Tuesday

Western brekky again. All getting real tired from the draining days already. Lol. We did Chinese Kung fu this morning at school and sooooo hot. Was fun as tho. Did it in front of school with the teachers. Lol. Then kids did their 1/2hr exercises. Lea and I ran through all groups and run amuck. Lol. Kids loved it. They love us. We are crazy and high 5'ing and talking to them. Not as apprehensive toward us now. That made us even hotter of course. Soooo muggy. After this, Lea, Sonia and I went to Wanda Mall til lunch for shopping while kids...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Shanghai day 2

SEP28: Suzhou & Tongli After breakfast, we travel by motor coach to the fabled water town of Suzhou. Suzhou is often referred, by the Chinese, as the "Venice of the East". It is a 2,5OO year-old city renowned the world over for its traditional gardens, ancient canals and silk worm production. But what we saw on the way in was industrial parks of one manufacturing company after another. Although Suzhou has many canals, I thought it was more like Amsterdam than Venice. In the heart of the city, our first stop was at the home of a retired...

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Sep 28, 2014 - Day 7 Wednesday

Wed - brekky again western with vegemite. Woohoo. Good on ya LeaLea. Then school and Kung fu again which was not as hot as yesterday but was very fun again and the kids exercised. We didn't run around but at end I got called over by girl on stage while taking photos and did a bit of the last exercises with them out front. First class was chinese art of paintings of a hut and boat on lake. I did ok and paige did well too. I got to keep the teachers good ones. We then did another art class of spiralling paper and making shapes. I didn't do...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Shanghai day 1

SEP27: Shanghai After a late wakeup call (9am) we met at 10 am for a bus ride into the heart of the city, the Bund. The Bund is the waterfront district. The Huangpu River separates old town Shanghai on the west side from the new on the east. The east side, once rice paddies, is now the Pudong district with high rises including the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower. We walked along the west side promenade for about 20 minutes taking in the view. Back on the bus, we visited the Pudong district on the other side of the river. We rode the elevator...

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Sep 26, 2014 - Ni Hao

Dag allemaal, Inmiddels zijn we alweer bijna 3 weken verder na mijn vertrek. Ik hoop dat het allemaal goed gaat met jullie in Nederland en dat jullie nog een beetje kunnen genieten van het nazomerse weer. Week 2 Maandagochtend ging ik vol goede moed op pad naar mijn eerste Chinese les. Erg benieuwd naar mijn teacher. Ze zat al helemaal klaar (goed teken) en bleek erg leuk te zijn. Ze heet Lóng-er Yu, helaas geen Engelse naam. Je spreekt het uit als longer op zijn engels, waarbij je de er uitspreekt als ar. Na de eerste les, was ik uitgeput...

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Sep 20, 2014 - Day 3 Saturday

Got up early and did gym session with Lea. We made up our own and did on the 21st floor. Was awesome. Couldnt swim cos no swim caps. Apparently you need to have them to swim anywhere in China. Great gym. Had brekky again and off to Taicang now to next hotel. We went to the Shanghai museum first and had 40 mins so wasnt much, but enough time to look at the Jade exhibition (Lea's choice) and then shopping. Lol. Love shopping. Hehe. Not much to buy, but there was a $100k piece of Jade. Lol. No, we didnt get it. We had lunch at a little mall...

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Sep 20, 2014 - Day 2 Friday

Today was first day to explore and tours. Went for early morning walk with Lea, Sonia and Bek. What an experience. So busy and motorbikes everywhere. Riding on footpaths and nearly running us over. And themselves. No one owns the road, footpaths or streets there. Honk and expect them to move. Lol. So many near accidents and honks, couldn't stop laughing. Nearly got lost so backtracked. Had brekky and fantastic buffet. Western and Chinese cuisinese. Chinese brekky, lunch and dinner in China so we did too. Dumplings, rice, rice cakes,...

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