Saturday, June 14, 2008

China Day 15: Charming Children

After lunch, we wanted a nap. We got a trip to a local school. Note: Today is a Saturday - they got the kids in special for us. This was not a huge hardship for them; the school is located in a farming village and all the kids live within a few blocks.

This is one of those Grand Circle Travel Discovery events where you get to meet local people and talk with them. The GCT Foundation sponsors the school; they built bathrooms for the students this year.

On the drive to the school I did a double take while looking out the bus windows:
What country am I in again? We also passed the Terra Cotta Warriors Factory - aha, the truth comes out; that's where they came from. I was too slow to get a photo, but they have a website so you can have a link at least.

When we arrived at the school we were greeted by two lines of first graders waving little Chinese flags in the dripping rain.
We got a tour of the classroom, which didn't take long,
and the kids took our hands and guided us to seats at the desks. Then the teacher told us a little about the school - it turns out that the kids start learning English early but not this early; third grade is when they start. So none of these kids knew English but we said Ni hao to them and they giggled. We had a little Q&A with the shy first graders and then they serenaded us with "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and a song about a frog:
We replied with "You Are My Sunshine". We need to find a better song to represent the United States! Maybe "Yankee Doodle"?

After the concert we took pictures of the cute schoolkids
who seemed to enjoy getting photographed!

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