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7/24/17-- Mask Painting

大家好!After such a beautiful but long trip to Hangzhou this past weekend, I'm sure we were all a bit sleepy this morning. I woke up to a delicious breakfast of 小笼包 (xiaolongbao)-- something I don't think I'll ever get tired of eating. After eating and gathering my things, I walked to campus, excited for all the new Chinese words I'd learn today. Some students choose to bike instead of walking: the most popular shared bikes here in Shanghai are Ofo and Mobike. Today in my level 2 class, we learned how to describe different cities, their locations, and their landmarks. We then presented a short roleplay, in which we each pretended to be from a different country and had to recommend where the other should visit in our country. For our into the community activity, we interviewed locals at the cafeteria on what they think the similarities and differences are between cities in China. After a filling lunch of 饺子 (dumplings) at the cafeteria, we all began our cultural activity: mask painting! Mmexport1500889720592

We learned about Peking opera  (京剧) and the meanings behind the masks. The first thing we learned about were the main characters in Peking opera. Sheng is the leading male character. Dan is a female character who before 1912 was portrayed by men due to the fact that women were banned from acting. Chou is meant to be an ugly clown character in the opera. The character is notable for its white dot on its nose.  The moment the masks were handed out, everyone couldn't wait to try them on and start painting. Different mask colors symbolize different characteristics: red represents prosperity, blue for fearlessness, green for violence, yellow for cruelty, black for moral justice, and white for evil. Painting is not my strong suit, so I tried to take my time painting my mask.  Mmexport1500889038999

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After our cultural activity, I went to Global Harbor with a friend to eat some matcha flavored shaved ice. Later, I went with my host mom and sister to a children's bookstore to read some books with my sister.  20170724_191606

Today was really fun! Mask painting definitely helped me to learn about Peking opera, a valuable treasure of the Chinese culture. I'm so excited to see what tomorrow brings!

- Kaylee Zilinger

A "warm" weekend in Hangzhou

大家好!(Hello Everyone)

 

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This weekend my classmates and I were extremely lucky to change the scenery a bit and visit another beautiful city called Hangzhou,China. After waking up at 4:30 am, I was excited to see some of the many wonders of the cultural metropolis, Hangzhou. I started my day with an "only in China" moment after a guy sped out of McDonald's in his Moped.  After arriving at the 上海虹桥火车站(Shanghai Hong Qiao Railway Station) and attracting many curious eyes due to our foreign looks and stylish blue CIEE tee-shirts and white hats, we were finally ready for our two hour train ride to Hangzhou. I somehow forgot about the severity of China's heat and was soon reminded of it as I exited the train. From then on, we had a fast paced, fun packed day in Hangzhou. Our lovely tour guide Lilly told us about three very touching legends of Hangzhou, which were all love stories involving three bridges along the 西湖(West Lake).

 

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After our calming boat tour, we were welcomed by the Laughing Buddha and 飞来峰 (Feilai Peak) and were able to indulge in more beauty at the 灵隐寺(Ling Yin Temple),which proves a great deal of information on the aspects of Chinese Buddhism and is also the home of over 3000 figures of Buddhists deities. Pretty great right? Well it gets better!

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We also were finally able to drift away from our favorite place, Global Harbor, and do some shopping in shops located on the 清河坊街( Qinghefang Ancient Street), which was filled with Hangzhou's famous tea, silk, and stinky tofu to top it all. 

From then, we ended our night out in Hangzhou with an absolutely amazing show staged entirely on the West Lake that featured stories based on Hangzhou legends. The director Mr Zhang Yimou did an outstanding job with bringing the legends of Hangzhou to life not only with props and lights, but also with hundreds of dancers, actors and singers. I'm still pretty shook by the ballerinas ability to dance on pointe on a water filled stage. 

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After finally getting to the hotel and settling in, the girls on the trip decided to revamp our night with a face mask party. We kinda scared a few guests as we went down to the lobby to order some late night grub, whooops.

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Today, we were all awoken by a call from Lilly telling us to get ready for an exciting day at 8:30 am. Before heading to the Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion, where we painted our personal umbrellas, some of us ate tasty Chinese breakfast. I thought my eight pieces of watermelon were pretty good, but back to the important stuff. It was a really cool to see on-site demonstrations of traditional Chinese craft and even make some of our own, as many of my classmates are teenage Picasso's.

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Like everyday we've had any China, our weekend trip to Hangzhou allowed us to get a glimpse of the wonders of Chinese culture. I'm extremely excited to see what the next two weeks will bring!

 

-Samaia Hill

 

A "warm" weekend in Hangzhou

大家好!(Hello Everyone)

 

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This weekend my classmates and I are were extremely lucky to change the scenery a bit and visit another beautiful city called Hangzhou,China. After waking up at 4:30 am, I was excited to see some of the many wonders of the cultural metropolis, Hangzhou. I started my day with an "only in China" moment after a guy sped out of McDonald's in his Moped.  After arriving at the 上海虹桥火车站(Shanghai Hong Qiao Railway Station) and attracting many curious eyes due to our foreign looks and stylish blue CIEE tee-shirts and white hats, we were finally ready for our two hour train ride to Hangzhou. I somehow forgot about the severity of China's heat and was soon reminded of it as I exited the train. From then on, we had a fast paced, fun packed day in Hangzhou. Our lovely tour guide Lilly told us about three very touching legends of Hangzhou, which were all love stories involving three bridges along the 西湖(West Lake).

 

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After our calming boat tour, we were welcomed by the Laughing Buddha and 飞来峰 (Feilai Peak) and were able to indulge in more beauty at the 灵隐寺(Ling Yin Temple),which proves a great deal of information on the aspects of Chinese Buddhism and is also the home of over 3000 figures of Buddhists deities. Pretty great right? Well it gets better!

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We also were finally able to drift away from our favorite place, Global Harbor, and do some shopping in shops located on the 清河坊街( Qinghefang Ancient Street), which was filled with Hangzhou's famous tea, silk, and stinky tofu to top it all. 

From then, we ended our night out in Hangzhou with an absolutely amazing show staged entirely on the West Lake that featured stories based on Hangzhou legends. The director Mr Zhang Yimou did an outstanding job with bringing the legends of Hangzhou to life not only with props and lights, but also with hundreds of dancers, actors and singers. I'm still pretty shook by the ballerinas ability to dance on pointe on a water filled stage. 

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After finally getting to the hotel and settling in, the girls on the trip decided to revamp our night with a face mask party. We kinda scared a few guests as we went down to the lobby to order some late night grub, whooops.

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Today, we were all awoken by a call from Lilly telling us to get ready for an exciting day at 8:30 am. Before heading to the Workmanship Demonstration Pavilion, where we painted our personal umbrellas, some of us ate tasty Chinese breakfast. I thought my eight pieces of watermelon were pretty good, but back to the important stuff. It was a really cool to see on-site demonstrations of traditional Chinese craft and even make some of our own, as many of my classmates are teenage Picasso's.

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Like everyday we've had any China, our weekend trip to Hangzhou allowed us to get a glimpse of the wonders of Chinese culture. I'm extremely excited to see what the next two weeks will bring!

 

-Samaia Hill

 

Meeting Local Students

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This morning I woke up at 6:30 pleasantly surprised that my body continued to follow the same strange pattern- the more sleep I get the more tired I feel, and the less sleep I get the more awake I feel. After getting out of bed and eating a nice breakfast of noodles, steamed buns, and soy milk, I walked to the metro excited for another day in Shanghai.

Every Friday class is unique because we review everything we learned from that week with a project. Last week we created power points which displayed basic introductory information, information about Shanghai, and some table manners and food habits unique to China. This week two classmates and I created a skit which covered the topics of 微信(WeChat), 网购(Online shopping), 环境保护(environmental protection), and 共享单车( Shared Bikes.)

After class was over a group of friends and I rode bikes to Global Harbor (A local shopping mall) to get lunch. We were all feeling a little tired of the Chinese cuisine so we decided to order fried chicken instead- a good choice. Following lunch the class took a bus to a local sports bar where we met local high school students. This was an awesome experience- the locals were very friendly and provided us a new perspective on life in China. To cap this event off, we gave our classmate Kelly (Who's birthday was today) a chair ride- a sight typically only seen at Jewish weddings and Barmitzvahs. (Pictures to come.)

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-Frank Kwartin

 

 

Martial Arts and Massages!

Today I started off the day with eating porridge, a salty egg, and radish. It is a typical Chinese breakfast that I have been having this past week. After we were full of porridge, my roommate and I got on our Mobikes (public bikes in China) and rode to school. Today in level 3 Chinese class we learned about 共享单车which are public sharing bikes that can be found all over the city! They are the same bikes that we rode to school with.

For lunch, I had my first taste of an American meal since being in China. The teachers and staff bought us Domino's Pizza. There was plain cheese pizza as well as a weird combination of egg, potato, and bacon toppings on another pizza. It was not my cup of tea but some of the other students seemed to enjoy it. While we ate our meal, the teachers reviewed everything we needed to know for our trip to Hangzhou this weekend. Everyone got to pick roommates for this overnight trip (or at least put down their preferences).

After our lunch, we headed over to the CIEE building on campus and learned martial arts from a certified instructor. He is ranked very highly and has won several awards for his work. The instructor demonstrated the different aspects of tai chi and showed us some basic moves. They were harder than they looked!

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After our martial arts lesson, there was an optional massage that we got to go to. They massaged our shoulders, feet, and legs. People who went to Disney needed this especially because of all the walking that we did that day. The hot foot baths and free watermelon was a great way to relieve any stress that we've had (not that there's been much).

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Written by Ellen Liu

Jewish Refugee Museum

Today was yet another fun and sweaty day in Shanghai. It began with an alarm set for eight o’clock, and by half past eight me and my roommate Benjamin were out of the house, stomachs filled with steamed buns, fried eggs, and unfortunately, stinky tofu. During our language class, students performed skits in which customers ordered food at a restaurant, and discussed differences between Western and Chinese dining. We also learned about various leisure activities, from 养花, growing flowers, to 跳广场舞, square dancing.DSC_0386

After our into the community activity, in which we interviewed locals about their favorite activities and how they deal with their stresses, my friends and I headed out to lunch. Today, we decided to go to the student cafeteria on campus, which serves cheap and delicious food. Today, I tried fried shrimp with rice. Although it wasn’t as exciting as the bullfrog I had tried earlier on in the session, it was very good. In addition, I tried milk tea with red beans, as opposed to bobas.  IMG_9258

After lunch, students headed to the front gate, at which we waited for our bus to take us to the Jewish Refugee Museum. As we got on our bus, we were greeted with air conditioning, a pleasant change from the triple digit weather outdoors. On our way to the museum, we drove by the Bund, a scenic area in which Shanghai’s skyline can be viewed from the other side of the Huangpu River. When we reached our destination, we were split up into two groups, one which would take the tour in mandarin, and one in English. Being in the middle of three levels, I was allowed to choose which group I would go with. Although I wanted to practice my language skills, I chose the English tour, as I wanted to be able to fully understand the history of Jewish refugees in Shanghai. When our tour began, we entered the old synagogue, which had both English, Hebrew, and Chinese written in various places. DSC_0425
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From there, our group entered the museum, in which we learned about the third wave of Jewish refugees to Shanghai, which occurred during the Holocaust. We heard various stories about how refugees dealt with such an abrupt change in lifestyle, and how many of the Chinese here in Shanghai lended helping hands to the Jewish people. Then, we saw a model of the tight conditions some twenty thousand Jews lived through in the Hongkou Ghetto. Next, our group viewed a memorial of the names of the Jews that came here to Shanghai to escape persecution. The museum was very interesting, as I had never heard about Jewish refugees coming to Shanghai. After taking a group picture of our tour group, we boarded the bus and headed back. DSC_0433
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After we arrived back at campus, my friends and I wanted to try some street food. We ate hot steamed buns, and the one I ordered was filled with red bean paste, which was quite tasty, and only 2元, which is about the value of an American quarter. By the end of the day, I had eaten red beans in three different ways, learned about Shanghai’s history, and improved my language skills. Today was a great example of one of the many adventures I’ve had here in Shanghai, and I can’t wait to experience more new things!

(Written by Eli Masket)

7/17/18 -- Chinese Calligraphy (书法)

On the 17th of July 2017, the second session of CIEE's Shanghai Language + Cultures program learned Chinese Calligraphy, known in Chinese as '书法' pronounced shufa. The day started off as normal, with language classes commencing at 9 AM like they do every day Monday-Friday.  IMG_5781

This is my Chinese teacher, 金老师,and my program leader Justin! Today, 金老师 taught us about how to order at a restaurant, like how to say 'I am a vegetarian' and 'would you give me a recommendation?'. We sang Chinese songs, too, like we do almost every class to prepare for the oncoming karaoke battle between levels-- level 2 will win!!!

During lunch, everybody eats what they want to. Some people go to the cafeteria on-campus and some people, like myself and my friend Samaia, go to Global Harbor, a nearby mall with all the food selection in the world. Today I ate at a cute little Chinese bakery called BreadTalk, which we had a heck of a hard time finding, but really enjoyed. After lunch ended at 1:30 we met in a building on campus to do the cultural activity of the day: Chinese Calligraphy!

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At first it seemed really daunting, and then after we learned it seemed even more daunting. It seemed impossible to produce such beautiful characters, especially for somebody like me with no artistic ability, but the teachers walked around and helped us, giving pointers and demonstrations, and then it didn't seem so impossible. It was still very hard, and sometimes frustrating when characters wouldn't come out right or you didn't have enough ink or made the wrong brush stroke, but at least we could all laugh about it when we messed up.

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These were some of my characters I practiced. The one on the left (or rather on the bottom, as this blog formats it) was the one I was most proud of... unfortunately I was not able to replicate it for the finished product! At least I have this picture to be proud of. I'm hoping to continue practicing this once I return home-- it might be hard to find the right supplies, but it seems like a skill I'd love to be able to master.

After the cultural activity, a lot of my classmates went to the mall, but my roommate Kelly and I went home so that our host mother could teach us how to make dumplings! It was delicious and we got to eat the fruits of our labor once they were finished. They were made of pork and carrots and spring onions among many other ingredients, and I can't wait to make it for my friends and family back at home.

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Today was a fun day, just like every day we've had here so far. Getting a glimpse into the world of Chinese Calligraphy was fascinating, and it sparked an interest in me I didn't know I had. Every day here I'm so excited for what the next day will bring!

(Written by Brittany M.)

Week 1: Shanghai, China

As week one comes to a close, I’m getting a lot more used to the culture and life here in Shanghai! It’s definitely a big transition from the foggy, sunny Bay Area but it’s a new experience that I’m very excited for. Life here in Shanghai is so much more different than I ever imagined. It surprised me on the mass of people actually living here along with the economy that they live in.

As being here for a week already, I noticed that laws here are so much more relaxed which makes everything different compared to the states. You’ll walk down the street and you’ll encounter numerous honking, mopeds whipping by on the street, people shouting, and just cars and people everywhere. It’s definitely something to get used to but at the end it all works out and functions way more smoothly than you’ll ever imagine.

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Meeting new people is always fun and that’s just what it was, meeting my new friends, teachers, and host family. With never being with a homestay before, it was definitely a new experience. I thought it was going to be awkward and weird at first meeting my host family, but they turned out to be one of the nicest and most caring people I’ve ever met. We talked a lot about my family and life in general back in the states along with theirs here which was really cool learning about how life is so different here in Shanghai compared to America.

The local teacher is super nice as well and I think she maybe my new favorite teacher of all time! She makes the class super fun and two hours flies by in no time. As an American born Chinese, I am able get by the language barrier pretty well which makes talking to the locals so much easier. The classes here compared to the US are actually not alike at all. The classes here are aimed toward a more language usage type. They encourage you to talk to the locals and actually put your language knowledge to the use, unlike the states which is generated toward the vocabulary and structure of the language.

So far I’ve had a blast here in Shanghai, from laughing countlessly in my Chinese class to visiting famous landmarks like the Yu Garden and Shanghai Disneyland; I can tell that it’s only going to get better from here.

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-Benjamin L.

'Global Navigator Voices' is a collection of blog articles and pictures by our very own high school study abroad participants. Follow their adventures before, during, and after their experiences abroad!

CIEE's trip to Zhujiajiao (7/15/17)

On the 15th of July, the students of the Shanghai Session 2 course went to the city of Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town at the outskirts of Shanghai.

The day began just a little later than usual, with the group leaving at 9:30 on a bus. The trip was around a hour long. But before we headed for the canals, we stopped by Khezi Garden, an ancient garden (although not that ancient compared to the rest of the city, as it was built in 1912) for sightseeing purposes. 

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The group at the Khezi Garden.

 

After we stayed in the Khezi Garden for just a little under an hour, we headed for the main attraction: Zhujaojiao.

The group jumped inside of small boats in groups of 6 and headed out for the biggest bridge of the city, Fangsheng Bridge, where we then split into a multitude of small groups and headed out to do whatever we wanted on the city.

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After 3 hours of exploring the city, we headed back to Shanghai to get ready for the next day.

 

CIEE Shanghai: Trip to Shanghai Disneyland Park (2017/07/16)

The day began with the Shanghai Disneyland Park attendees gathering 6:00 AM in front of East China Normal University. It took a lot for us to get up this early. Some of us usually woke up at 6:00 AM.

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We kept our eyes awake until the bus came. We enjoyed a nice 1 hour bus ride from East China Normal University. Before we got off of the bus, we were given the rundown. "It will be crowded" and "People will skip you" are some of the tips we received. 

We gathered into our groups and then headed into the park. The park's beauty was topped by The Enchanted Storybrook Castle. Once we entered the park we headed towards the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which is Shanghai Disney spent billions to construct, making it the most expensive rise in the park. While on line for the ride, we witnessed long waiting, crowding, and skipping that was present at almost every ride

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The ride was amazing. I say Shanghai Disney put their money in the right place. After the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, we split off to to cover the rest of the park. Everyone ran into long lines that were crowded and contained some skipping. I even ended up skipping at some point.

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After a long and hot day, we, as well as the entire park, gathered to watch the fireworks and the projections on the Enchanted Storybrook Castle. After the show we huddled and exited the park, which was difficult since so was everyone else. When we made it back to the bus everyone was exhausted and had aching feet and legs.

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