Day 8

We left our luxurious hotel this morning and headed to Tongli, an ancient town. Here we saw a traditional house and the White Hills kids all bought a giant oyster to get the pearls inside. Cody’s pearls were huge and he had them made into a bracelet. The oysters cost 50 yuan each($10) and it cost him another 50 to have it made into the bracelet. We went on a gondola ride and viewed working cormorants catching fish, fascinating stuff. We purchased a few more ‘bargains’ in the shops in Tongali before heading back to Shanghai where we will see the ERA Circus
We then enjoyed a yummy lunch again!

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Saying Goodbye To Jinji Lake!-Jayda

Today all of White Hills went to our sister school, Jinji Lake for the last time this year. We had 2 different classes our first class was calligraphy where we had to use ink and a brush and draw Chinese characters on a piece of paper, we all done awesome but I think by far Mr Schaeche was the best! Then we all went to the library where our bags were to have a 5 minute brake, then we went to another class which was English and of course we were all good at that! We had to talk about different holidays we have in Australia such as Easter and Christmas we then learnt about the different festivals in China and learnt when the Chinese students birthdays were. At the end of the class the students gave us all gifts I received a fan, pop up card, Chinese lollies and lots of different types of dumplings which tasted amazing! After we had lunch the principal, some students of Jinji Lake, our exchange students and all the WHPS kids and Mr Schaeche all went into the meeting room to say our goodbyes and Cody had to get up and say a few words to say thank you for having us over the 2 days. They all gave us many gifts and we gave them ours and said goodbye to everyone then Cameron, Jakob and I all said goodbye to Elaine, Suri and Matthew which we were all sad to say goodbye to them again. Overall staying at Jinji Lake for 2 days was amazing and we hope to see them all again sometime soon!

Day 7

Today we visited our sister school again and met up with Cameron, Jayda and Jakob after the enjoyed overnight stays with Elaine, Suri and Matthew. They all thoroughly enjoyed their family time and there was some tears shed this afternoon when we left for the last time.
Today at school we enjoyed viewing and learning about their art show. It wasn’t quite as good as WHPS but pretty good. I had to do a TV interview about my feeling on the show. This was more difficult than I thought! No one in TV is in danger of losing their jobs to me that’s for sure!
We then did a calligraphy lesson with really cute Grade 2 students who certainly put us to shame with their delicate pen strokes.
We also joined a Grade 5 English class. I was as sounded by the level of English from the students.
After a canteen lunch we exchanged gifts and speeches and said goodbye. Cody did a great job on our behalf.
Jinji Lake PS were certainly very hospitable and we thoroughly enjoyed learning and seeing the similarities and differences between the schools.

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Shanghai river cruise -Cameron

Late at night all of team china went on the shanghai river cruise around the huang pu river. We took many amazing photos while on the deck and selfies inside. There were multiple lit up massive towers including the pearl tower, aurora and the peace hotel. Among the buildings that we saw one of the best was the shanghai tower which is the second tallest building in the world.

Jinji Lake school

Yesterday morning we woke up and went on the bus to Jinji Lake school . Once we got there we had a tour of the school and had a paper cutting lesson. After the lesson we had a kung fo lesson than we went and got our gifts to hand out. Then we had lunch with the Chinese students and then the home stay students went with the home home stay Chinese students. Than Siobhan and Mr S went back to the hotel.

When Jakob and I went to Matthews house we went to the Trampoline park for 3 hours and I ( Cody ) jared my finger but after that we went to the movies to watch Pirates of the Caribean dead man tell no tails and we liked to the movies because it was in 3D. Than we went back and had pizza for Dinner it was yum. After that we went back to Matthews house and road his 2 segways it’s was really fun. Than I went home back to the hotel and went to bed-Cody

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Day 6

Yesterday we visited our sister school and Cody will do a post about this experience. It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to our visit again this morning.
After our visit Jayda, Cameron, Jakob and Cody headed off with our Chinese families. Cody went with Jakob to Matthew’s house and had a lot of fun.
31 of us including Siobhan, headed off to Tiger Hill and Old Shantang Street. We enjoyed its history and made a few purchases. Obviously the photos will only include Siobhan!

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Grandmetro Park Hotel & Dinner Day 5

Following the visit to the silk museum we checked in at the Grandmetro. Wow, it is an amazing hotel and rooms are luxurious! The kids are pretty excited to be in such a nice abode. We headed out for a delicious banquet last night before settling in for an early night.
I took some photos of our banquet and the kids enjoying the multitude of breakfast choices including ice creams, sorry parents it is hot here! I also included a few shots of the hotel, 5 star luxury!!! We may never want to come home!
Today we visit our sister school, Jinjihu PS before visiting Tiger Hill and Shantang Old Street, a very old, traditional area in old Suzhou.
We have Cam, Jayda and Jakob all participating in overnight stays with their Chinese friends tonight, which will no doubt be a highlight for them.

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Afternoon in Suzhou

Today it is very wet. We have had 3 great days in Shanghai and the rain has come. We travelled to Suzhou in the rain and had a yummy lunch in a local restaurant. We were planned to go to Tiger Hill but we changed plans due to the weather and headed to the silk museum.
Fascinating to see the process of collecting, stretching and making silk items.

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