Starway Hotel Suzhou Shilu
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We met our friend Jason at 9 AM and headed for the city of Suzhou also known as the Venice of the East. It is a city of canals and small boats. We visited the Humble Administrator's Gardens, which you can probably guess were in no way, shape, or form humble. Suzhou is known for its silk making and we saw some ...
... of 'Thriller' with masks made for last night's homework. Imagine setting that for homework and getting a 100% completion rate, teachers! We said our farewells and handed out the last of the presents. On the way back to the hotel we stopped off at a brand new shopping mall. Highlight for the boys - the Nike factory shop. Highlight for the girls - Old Navy and heated, western style toilet seats. It ...
... the classroom, with teachers able to use group teaching strategies. Our students loved this more relaxed and colourful atmosphere. Lunch was a true experience in the dining room, with about 1000 children and teachers being fed at once! The noise factor was reduced, however, with stools attached to the floor. Anyone who has been on camp will appreciate this attention to detail! The teachers really went to great pains to make ...
... see see how quickly they fit in socially with their class, and also incredible to hear them begin to speak Mandarin! They joined in the mass exercise in formation and enjoyed a boxed Chinese school lunch. The school day ended all too soon and we arranged for the bus driver to drop us off at the famous historic Shantung Street. The traditional shops lined the canal and there were many tempting souvenirs, cute animals and ...
... fish into the hold of the boat -- gross or ingenious, take your pick. We could not believe what we were seeing.
This was a very picturesque little town and we did a little shopping. We bought Brennan an ice cream cone, a 1/2 dozen tangerines for the road and a gourd flute. Brennan had at least a dozen people take his picture with them -- maybe the only Caucasian kid they would see in 2014!
It was now late afternoon and we had a 1-1/2 to 2 ...