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This is a picture of an artefact in Suzhou museum
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This is taken from a pavillion at Lion Grove Garden. Amazing, isn't it?
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Picture of me and Jessie :D
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This is taken at the peak of Langshan.
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This was taken at Nantong Qixiu Middle School. They welcomed us really warmly.
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On 28th May 2014, my fellow batchmates and I landed at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai. With a group consisting of 53 students, 5 teachers and a guide, we certainly were a big group. Needless to say, as I was taking a look around the airport, I could feel not only my excitement, but everyone else’s rise. We were all excited to see what was waiting for us in this beautiful foreign country.

The first thought that came to my mind when I saw Shanghai (which was the city we went to first) was that it looked a lot like Singapore! There were many high-rise buildings and cars on the road. Along the roads were trees and flowers as well. It seemed like there were more flowers in Shanghai compared to Singapore. Not only that, the flowers seemed more vibrant with their bright colours of red, pink, purple, yellow and more. They would always capture my attention as I look out the window of the bus and they do make me feel happier and more alive. In Shanghai, I also noticed that there were different sculptures scattered around.They were all unique and I found them really interesting as we do not really see sculptures scattered around in Singapore, like beside or in the middle of the road. The atmosphere of Shanghai was vibrant and busy. People were bustling around and it was absolutely crowded. I must admit that Shanghai really is a beautiful city.

The second city we went to was Nantong. Over there, we went to Nantong Qixiu Middle School and joined in their lessons. When i first entered the class, I was nervous and afraid that the students would not welcome me there. However, that fear went away quickly. They were very enthusiastic and welcoming, making me feel comfortable. They were easy to talk to and we soon found common ground to discuss about —music. We talked about almost everything and anything and each conversation had me laughing. Their cheerful nature was contagious and I found myself having a permanent smile on my face while with them. The students there were caring as well and they often asked if I understood what they were saying as we were speaking in Mandarin. If I did not understand what they were saying, they would repeat in simpler terms and sometimes used English to get their message across. My time with them was certainly enjoyable and memorable.

There were a few places of interest that I had quite a deep impression on while I was in China.
At Nantong, we went to visit the Langshan Scenic Area. The scenery was really beautiful as there were multi coloured flowers and people that added to the vibrant aura and the good sunny weather definitely lifted all our spirits. Although the climb up Langshan was tiring, we were rewarded by the brilliant view at the peak of Langshan. As Langshan was not a very tall “mountain”, I could not see the whole of Nantong, but just bits and pieces of it, where majority were trees and waters.

At Suzhou, we went to Lion Grove Garden and the Suzhou museum. The Lion Grove Garden had a sculpture that was supposed to show 9 cubs playing, and the garden had a pond with pavilions at the side. The view was absolutely stunning.The garden is famous for the large and labyrinthine grotto of taihu rocks at its center. It is no wonder that the China emperors in the past would visit this place to immerse themselves in the marvelous scenery. The Suzhou museum was definitely a place that was filled with historic artefacts and a place where I could learn more about their culture. The museum has more than 100,000 artefacts altogether, including paintings,relics,documents, rubbing of stone inscriptions and many more. It would be impossible to go through everything in detail in one day! I went to some of the exhibitions and looked at the paintings and jade carvings. They were really intricate and I am sure that these works of art are definitely painstakingly drawn and carved out with heart and soul.

On 3rd June, we took the plane back to Singapore, which marks the end of our trip. No matter how much we are loving this experience,mirthful moments would always end as good things never last forever. I would definitely treasure the strong bond that I have built with my classmates and peers in China, and I hope that this would not end once we are in Singapore. I hope that we would all grow closer and closer together during our time together as 2B, and perhaps ten years down the road, we would still remember this unforgettable journey together. If there was another chance that I could go to China again and re-live these memories, I would definitely not miss it.

Posted by travelxdreams 23:10 Archived in China Tagged food travel china fun

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