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Off to the airport

We will be picked up by the tour guide in a few minutes to be taken to the airport. We are logging off for the last time in China and hope to see all of you on Friday at school before you head off into winter break. Zai jian, Mrs. Tolisano & Mrs. St-Cyr

Peking Dinner

After climbing the Great Wall we were taken to a food specialty of Beijing, the Peking Duck. The link below explains the dinner, the only difference is that on Mrs. St-Cyr’s plate the head of the duck was still on it, staring at her… Further Reading: Peking Duck

Ming Tombs

After visiting the Jade Factory, we headed for the Ming Tombs, the resting place of 13 of the 16 emperors from the Ming dynasty. The Chang Ling tomb, the final resting place of the Emperor Yongle (1360-1424), was the first built and is the most impressive. The underground vault where the Emperor and Empress are […]

Great Wall of China Part II

[wmv width=”320″ height=”240″]http://sjeds.org/blog/china/movies/great-wall.wmv[/wmv]

Jade Factory

On our way to the Great Wall, we visited a jade factory. Jade is very important to the Chinese culture, they call it the Chinese Diamond. It is worn for good luck, protection against sickness, and as an amulet for travelers. Mrs Inclan: Jade is comprised of two minerals, Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is more […]

Great Wall of China

We have had a very long day. First we went to visit the Ming Tombs and then went on to visit the Great Wall of China. Check for more on the Great Wall tomorrow. Signing off to bed…

Students are to each re-draw a part of the Great Wall of China, according to real measurements sent from the Great Wall by Mrs. Tolisano and Mrs. St. Cyr. Here are the measurements of a brick on the Great Wall taken on December 12th, 2006: Length: 39 centimeters Height: 9 centimeters They are to make […]

Beijing Olympics 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympics are coming to Beijing, China. Officially the games will start on August 8th, 2008 at 8 pm, since the number eight is considered lucky in Chinese culture. [wmv width=”320″ height=”240″]http://sjeds.org/blog/china/movies/friendlies.wmv[/wmv] from China with a Lense: Like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their color and inspiration, the Five Friendlies […]

Summer Palace & Temple of Heaven

We were picked up early by our guide today. Mrs. St-Cyr and I had to bundle up, since it was very cold out there. We wore our ski jackets, scarves and gloves. When we left the hotel, the sun was out, but barely visible through the fog/smog(?) Garbrielle from 5th grade had already warned us, […]


Today was another great day for Jose. We visited the Beijing Zoo. The zoo has two Giant Pandas. Do you recognize the plant that the panda is eating in the picture? It is called Bamboo and is found throughout China. Watch the video to see the panda in action. [wmv width=”320″ height=”240″]http://sjeds.org/blog/china/movies/panda.wmv[/wmv] Since Jose was […]

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