Jiangsu Sister School Visit

We had an amazing time in China!

On the 10th of September 2019, 17 students and 3 teachers went on an adventure to China for 16 days. In China we first visited the capital city Beijing, where we did many things such as visit the Summer Palace, climb the Great Wall of China, explore the Hutong village, and bargain at the silk market. We then took a 6 hour Bullet train to Xi’an. We then went to the Terra Cotta warriors and Muslim Street, and after the Muslim street we ate dinner and celebrated my 15th birthday. We then took a 2 hour flight to Nanjing. In Nanjing we visited Dr Sun Yat-Sen mausoleum, and afterwards we had a welcoming ceremony from the JESIE representatives.

We then took a 2 hour bus drive to Yangzhou to go to our sister school, the High School Affiliated to Yangzhou University. During the Homestay the mother was very loving and caring, they took me out every night to eat dinner. The dinner I enjoyed the most was Hot Pot, apart from being hit in the face with a noodle the broth was amazing, they were also very eager to do my laundry, and gifted me with a beautiful Tea Set with Lap sang Souchong tea. Afterwards we went to Shanghai on another 2 hour bus drive. We went to a market and bargained for stuff, we then went on a night cruise to see how beautiful Shanghai was.

The day after, we went to Disneyland which was very fun and majestical, we then went to another market and did more bargaining. The last day we went to Yu-Yuan Bazaar and ate dumplings. We then headed to the airport and boarded our flight back to Australia. Personally out of the five cites we visited, I really enjoyed Yangzhou, because Yangzhou is a preserved city, it has beautiful historical buildings and gardens while also having tall new buildings. Also Yangzhou is the home of my Chinese friends.

By Noel Mangulabnan 9E