[Disclaimer: this article is written entirely from my experience and perspective on my China Week. Other participants on the same China Week may have different viewpoints, experience and opinions.]
This week is an extraordinary week in LPCUWC - this is LPC's China Week! To put it shortly, it is a week where all the first year students travel to different parts of China and carry out different activities. As for my group, we went to southern China and taught English to the students at a local high school there.
(On the MTR)
(On the High Speed Train)
First, we took a 4-hour-long train ride. However, the time was well spent reading some books, talking with friends, listening to music and of course, enjoying the scenery outside. Along the way, there were numerous mountains, tunnels and green paddy fields with Chinese characters inscribed on them. The whole scenery looks as if an enormous green carpet of trees is covering the mountains. In the evening, we arrived at the hotel and went out for a Chinese dinner.
(Arrival at the Hotel)
The next morning, we went to the school and started our English lessons there. For the warm-up games, we played a traditional Chinese game called ' What's the time, Mr. Wolf?' Then, we taught them the vocabularies. My Chinese speaking co-year were extremely helpful in translating and explaining the meaning of vocabularies to the students there. After the lunchtime, we visited their artroom and did some cultural exchange activities. I must admit that the students are very talented artists - there were so many beautiful drawings, which are mostly inspired by cartoon characters. We also learned some Chinese calligraphy from them.
On the next day, we taught them to sing a song and I played a word guessing game with them. After a while, there comes the moment we all have been waiting for - the final theme project. Our student group chose to do the dolphin origami and drawing. They were so focused while folding the paper! After this, we put all our dolphins on a blue poster and write our names on them, as in the picture below... Beautiful, isn't it?
(Our group project)
Finally, there comes the moment we all have been waiting for - LPC students did some performances for the students there. There were songs and dances. I was delighted that I was able to improve my dance skills from a super rigid body to an acceptable level, thanks to the positive criticism by my co-year, Kitty and the rest of the team. Then, we also invited the students to perform and sing along with us on the stage.
After all such amazing experiences, it was the time to say goodbye. It was a somber and emotional moment. Also, it was unbelievable to see how such strong bonds have already formed between the Chinese students and the LPC students, within a short period of two days. The little students handed us little paper cards and asked us to sign on it. Then, LPC students wrote down the things they want to say on the blackboard.
The departure was very hard. We said goodbye and hugged each other. The Chinese students were still waving at us when our bus departed. One of my co-years even burst into tears.
In the evening, we visited the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities, where they display clothes, houses, and objects from different tribes living in this area. However, all of us were exhausted and we were not able to explore the museum very much. Another reason for not exploring very much is that the museum is also massive. Nevertheless, I was amazed and proud to see the Saung (Myanmar Harp) and the Myanmar puppets inside the international culture showroom.
(Myanmar Puppets at the Museum)
(Myanmar Harp at the Museum)
Next, we went to a park to relax. The other students and our teachers went to explore the area. However, I was very exhausted. So, I ended up sleeping on the grass for almost an hour. By the way, that day is the birthday of my Slovenian friend!
(Happy Birthday, Luka!)
We came back to the hotel afterward and went for dinner. Our group had noodles, dumplings and bubble tea. At night, we packed for our trip next day, to Detian Transnational Waterfall (德天) at China-Vietnam border. Read more about that on Part II of this blog post.