6th Grade Trip to Xi’An for China Alive

While Ms. Stanton stayed at the library with the High School students, I had the pleasure of going to Xi’An with the 6th graders for the annual China Alive Week. It was quite a trip….

We flew to Xi’An on Monday and were busy as soon as we landed. First up was a trip to the Han Museum to the see the Mini Terra-cotta warriors. They were beautiful mini versions of the warriors, created hundreds of years ago in the Qin dynasty. These mini statues represent female warriors, eunuchs, and servants. We then headed into the city to check into our hotel, had an amazing Chinese dinner and saw a traditional shadow puppet show.

Puppets.

Puppets.

The mini-warriors.

The mini-warriors.

Our students using the shadow puppets.

Our students using the shadow puppets.

Bright and early the next morning, we headed to the Xi’An city wall to practice Tai Ji. We kept up the action with some time in a beautiful city park playing with frisbees and enjoying the blue skies and gorgeous weather.

Tai Ji on the city wall.

Tai Ji on the city wall.

Practicing with Tai Ji Master.

Practicing with Tai Ji Master.

Then we headed to the 7th Wonder of the World…the Terra-cotta Warriors. They were truly breathtaking.

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Pit #1

Pit #1

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Warriors!

Warriors!

The whole time I was in Xi’An, I was reading a great book by Ying Chang Compestine and Vinson Compestine called, Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier. Ying visited the Secondary SAS Library at Pudong the week before and Mrs. Boyer was nice enough to send a copy of the authors new book to us. It was the perfect book to read while I was in Xi’An. If you are looking for a great read about the warriors, I highly recommend this one. It has a lot of action, is filled with fantastic photos that add detail and information to the story and even some great recipes at the end of the book. With mixture of fact and fantasy, it is a book I think many readers will enjoy.

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We explored all day and came back to the city exhausted and full of knowledge about Emperor Qin’s warriors. We were ready for dinner at Papa John’s and then an evening of ice skating.

Up early again for a beautiful ride out to the Tai Ping Valley National Park for an hour long hike up and down the mountain. The views were breathtaking!

Tai Ping Valley

Tai Ping Valley

Our next challenge was an Amazing Race through the Muslim Quarter. The kids were off in teams to gather photos and solve clues in a challenge against each other and time. Problem solving skills, translating and team cooperation we all in play during this fun event. I think everyone had a blast…I know I did! For sure, everyone was hungry for dumpling dinner that night.

Duck dumplings.

Duck dumplings.

 

Thursday was the highlight of the trip. We headed out to a local Chinese school to meet our buddies that we have been corresponding with for weeks. There was a lot of laughing, exchanging of gifts and books, reading, soccer, banner making and tug-of-war! Super fun!

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The last part of the trip was an overnight train back to Xi’an. The train trip took about 14 hours and it was a true adventure.

The inside of the train compartment.

The inside of the train compartment.

I caught a lot of kids (and adults) reading on the trip…here are a few of my favorite pics.

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It was a truly great week. I can’t wait until next year!

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