It’s been a fabulous first few days for our Guilin students! Check out what we’ve been up to…
We spent most of our first day traveling to Guangdong, our gateway city. After we arrived, we celebrate Leah’s birthday with a cheesecake at dinner. Everyone learned how to sing Happy Birthday in Chinese to wish the birthday girl well!
The next day, we rode the bullet train to our host city, Guilin. We enjoyed the scenery along the way — particularly the beautiful green pointy peaks that make Guangxi Province’s landscape so distinctive.
Upon arrival at CLI, we met our teachers, got a tour of the school, and then went to our host family’s house or dorm to freshen up for the welcome dinner. We feasted on sour beef soup, roasted chicken, cabbage, steamed buns, and fresh fruit. Everyone is excited for our first day of class tomorrow!
On the 4th of July, we attended our first day of classes. Each student was evaluated and placed in a class appropriate to his or her skill level. Afterwards, we ate a delicious lunch of more traditional food and got tons of practice saying the names of what we were eating in Chinese. We then had a traditional calligraphy and painting class with a local calligraphy master! Afterwards, we had dinner in the city center before walking around the illuminated pagodas and bridges of the Two Rivers, Four Lakes site.