Blog: China Trip

March 20 Last Full Day in China!

This morning, the group woke up in our various guest houses, and each of us was cooked our very own made to order breakfast. Some of us dined by windows that looks right on the canals, and could watch the boats go by. We spent the morning exploring Wuzhen, joining in with all the other Chinese tourists who clearly love…

March 19 Suzhou

It was a very rainy day today, but this in no way dampened our spirits as we explored the canal city of Suzhou. As we drove into the outskirts we were greeted by a sky scraper technically called the Oriental Gate, but what locals call the “Pants Building.” Shanghai may be one of China’s number 1 cities today, but only…

March 18 Modern Shanghai II

We started off our second full day in Shanghai visiting Yu Garden, a nature complex from the 19th century. Enclosed by bamboo chutes and stone walls, Yu Garden is home to a number of classic Chinese landscape features, including ponds with giant koi fish, cherry blossom trees, and animal sculptures. Yu Garden exits right into Shanghai’s Old City Market, which…

March 17 – Modern Shanghai

This morning we had the privilege of visiting Shanghai Foreign Language School. Our own Middlesex student, Emily ’18, is a former student of the school and helped set up a great cultural exchange. Teachers taught Chinese students in their respective fields, and faculty and students from MX and SFLS were able to chat together, discovering what was the same and…

March 16 – Terracotta Warriors

Nihao from Shanghai! We sadly only had a day and a half in Xi’an, but we made the most of today day. Just east of Xi’an is the archeological site of the Qin dynasty terracotta warriors. Thousands of life like, larger than life soldiers were created 2,200 years ago to guard the tomb of the first Qin emperor. They lay…

March 13 – Dumpling School, Great Wall and Karaoke!

Hello friends! It is after midnight and technology is being finicky so this will be brief. You will have to ask your friends/family on the trip for all the exciting details! Today we earned certificates of achievement in Chinese Dumpling Making and Great Wall Climbing. The Beijing Jinsong Vocational School actually gave us certificates after we made and ate our…

March 12 – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and a duck feast!

Greetings from Beijing! We are so excited to be here! After a long but uneventful flight, and a good (?) night’s sleep, our group of 8 students (Hyun ’17, Luke ’17, Idalina ’18, Olivia ’17, Isabella ’18, Jaden ’19, Sean ’19, Minh ’17) 10 teachers (Rob and Sarah Munro, Katie Herter, Eduardo Fagundo, Chantal Jordan, John Bishop, ¬†Emily Jones, Kelly…