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Panda has been named!

The official name of José’s friend from China is “OREO‘!!!

José and his new friend

In Beijing, José found another new friend: A panda bear. He does not have a name yet, but many of you came up with some great suggestions. It is time to vote for a name now. Each class will vote from the following suggestion and will let us know the winning name for their class, […]


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 […]

Jose loves Beijing ! Yesterday we went on a Rickshaw Tour around Hutongs in old Beijing. [wmv width=”320″ height=”240″]http://sjeds.org/blog/china/movies/rickshaw.wmv[/wmv] The Hutongs are alleyways, where some of the Beijing residents live. Former officials and well to do families used to live in the hutongs, but most of them are now owned by the state and rented […]

The Forbidden City and Tian’an Men Square in Beijing are one of the most anticipated places for us on our trip. It has so much ancient as well as recent history associated with it, that one feels a great deal of anticipation. We started our tour on Sunday morning on the world largest public square […]

Jose had a great time with our tour guide. He was also practicing counting to 10 in Chinese. Jose heard that the sixth graders are practicing to greet their teachers in Chinese when they enter the classroom. Listen to the two sound files and practice Chinese!

Shanghai Tour

Shanghai, which means “Above the Sea” is China’s most populous city. with a population of 13 million. The Huangpu River is 68 miles in length and flows into the Yangzi River. Our first stop was the Jinmao Dasha. The building houses the world’s fastest elevator. We shot up into the air 88 floors in about […]


We arrived safely in Shanghai. We flew for a little bit over 2 hours. Shanghai is about 773 miles from Hong Kong. The airport is humongous. As soon as we passed immigration and customs, we were met with our travel guide, Mr. Li. We felt very important arriving and someone holding up a sign with […]

After spending the morning packing and responding to your comments on the blog, we left for one last stroll around Hong Kong. We ended up wandering yet another street market and elbowed our way across busy streets. We witnessed how one bicyclist was almost run over by a truck. They started screaming at each other. […]

Today, Monday, we had the pleasure of visiting with some amazing students and teachers from the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong. We were able to explore the school and visit with Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade students. They do not wear a uniform (only for P.E.). A typical school day starts at 7:40 am […]

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