Last Day in Hangzhou!

Sunday was our last day with our host families in Hangzhou. Some activities included going to a cat café, seeing movies, going to an amusement park, making pottery at a local museum, and eating a final goodbye dinner with our hosts. 
My first stop after a leisurely breakfast was a pottery museum and studio. The museum had pottery from thousands of years ago. We got to see how they made the pottery in the ancient times. After waking through the museum we got the opportunity to make pottery ourselves (the modern way). 
My host wanted to but some pet fish so we went to the pet shop. It was a little bit depressing to see the animals locked in cages and meowing or barking to get out. After holding some adorable rabbits and observing backflipping squirrels, we were on our way to the shopping street. 

We went to a traditional Chinese shopping street that sold tea, metalwork, silk, and Chinese snacks. We went inside a tea and pottery shop and sat down for some tea with the owner of the store. She made us tea in the style that we learned at Greentown. 



In the evening, we went to a traditional Peking Duck dinner at a local restaurant. Our family taught us how to correctly wrap the duck in the rice paper. We had no idea we were doing it wrong!  


We all had fun weekends spending time with our hosts and their families. We will miss our hosts so much and will remember their hospitality forever. 

Last Day in Hangzhou!

Friday 6/17 Our Last Day at Greentown Yuhua School

Friday was the last day we spent at the Greentown Yuhua school. We spent a while preparing presentations for each aspect of our learning in Hangzhou. Tasha, Chloe, Lilia, LamAn, and I presented and performed the tea ceremony. Grace, Selina, Alex, Ellie, and Andrea gave a presentation on the different ways of making and recycling paper. We had learned all about it at the factory two days before. Finally, Simran, Nicole, Karen, Cat, Megan, Ariela, and Mikayla presented and performed a Yue opera. It was about two friends who fight over a boy but eventually realize their friendship is more important. Their performance ws hilarious and everyone enjoyed the short opera.

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After the presentations and performances, each Winsor girl gave gave a one minute speech about what they had learned in Hangzhou. Each girl mentioned the amazing girls and boys that were their hosts. We are so grateful for everything our hosts have done for us.

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Finally, each Winsor girl was given a yellow uniform from the Greentown school. We each took individual pictures with our host person (to many to post here) and we all took a group picture.

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After these festivities, each Winsor student received a certificate for completing their studies at Greentown. It was a great morning!

The afternoon was a trip to the Xixi Wetlands in Hangzhou. We took a motorized boat in a loop and looked at all the amazing scenery. At the end of the boat ride, we even saw a practicing dragon boat!

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When we got off the boat, we were allowed to explore the many shops and stores around the wetland. Simian showed off her amazing bargaining skills when trying to buy tea. Everyone eventually got something they loved. We met back up and went to one more store before catching a ride back to the gate. The bus ride home was long and full of traffic, but many people were excited to go to karaoke. After arriving back at school, everyone went home with their host families. It was an amazing day that was rich with the culture and history of China

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Friday 6/17 Our Last Day at Greentown Yuhua School