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The Silk Factory

Today we went to the silk factory, there were so many parts to it, from silk worms, mulberry trees and diarrhoea to stretching, twisting and reeling all the silk. It was really interesting and we got to feel real and fake silk. We learned about the life cycle of a silk worm and was also interesting, because we learnt that when a male and a female make babies , the male dies immediately. Which is really weird.
We also saw the how the silk got pulled from the cocoon and turned around in a big wheel, to get the silk off they had to put them in hot water and there was a machine that pulled the cocoon and and untangled it into a big wheel of silk one cocoon can make a whole layer of silk.

After all the steps you have to stretch the silk to make like a doona, 10 cocoons stretched to a double bed doona. I helped to stretch a layer.






Shanghai again

today we had to wake up really early, and get ready to go back to Shanghai. I really like Shanghai better than suzho, because suzho doesn’t really have good views of thing, and everything is broken. So I’m really excited to go back to Shanghai.  We go on a bus with our tour guide which will take about 1-2 hours. I also like our tour guide because she is nice and she is funny. She would talk into a microphone at the front of the bus and give us a lot of facts about our destination. We are going back to the park hotel which is way better than the days hotel.p, because park hotel has better wifi to connect with friends and family, and Days hotel doesn’t.

Pearl tower

Pearl tower

Kungfu and Paper Cutting

Today we had P.E and paper cutting with our sister school again, but today was way better than yesterday. Today we did Kung fu and paper cutting, in Kung fu we liked it way more than tai chi and we’re all very good at it, and the teacher seemed to know more English than yesterday’s teacher which made it easier and more fun. In paper cutting we made Christmas trees, pumpkins, lanterns, the happy character and we also got to design our own cuts, it was quite easy because we were getting the lesson from the English teacher. There are some photos and videos at the bottom you can see/watch.

From Chloe and Acacia.




Day 6

Day 6: our sister school.
Today us Epsom girls jumped into a V.I.P mini bus, and headed off to our sister school. We made a lot of friends there, and they loved us. We participated in P.E and art, in P.E we did tai chi, Acacia did NOT like it at all, it had very swift and slow movements. In art we painted a type of different fruit in a basket, we painted with calligraphy brushes and ink. It was harder than it looks but we had some help by some very helpful students. The two ladies showing us around were called Maggie and Wonderful and four grade 6 students, were very helpful and we give them gifts, surprisingly they gave us gifts too, Chinese chess, chopsticks and a page of calligraphy. Every morning they would line up and march onto the soccer oval for an assembly, we were lucky enough to talk to them and introduce ourselves to them. We had a great day (except for the tai chi for Acacia) and we really enjoyed ourselves.

Thanks for reading, we’re having a great time.

-Acacia and Chloe.





Day 7: our sister school 2

Today we went back to our sister school (weiting experimental school.) today we did P.E, paper cutting and had lunch. For P.E we did Kung fu and played a couple of games. I liked Kung fu, a lot more than tai chi. My favourite game was when we would run around in a circle and then the teacher would call out a number, than we would get into groups of that number the teacher called out. In paper cutting we all got a design to cut out, and they turned out AWESOME! We made a Christmas tree, a pumpkin lantern, a snowflake and than we got to design our own. For lunch we had rice, pork, curry, yoghurt and some other food that I can’t remember. My favourite was the pork. It was sad that it was our last day there. But we got heaps more presents, and heaps of photos with the kids. We had a lot of fun and would love to come back.


Day 3: Chinese gardens

Today we broke into two little groups, and headed off to the Chinese gardens. I was really impressed with the Chinese peaps praying their prays and throwing coins into a tall metal tower, for good luck and a wish. I failed a lot, but it was really funny. The good thing was, that kids were FREE!!!!! It was good to see pictures telling their story’s and what will or what happened. It was very interesting. What a great experience.


Day 3: caligrafi names

Today Layla and I found a guy writing people’s names in special ink. (Caligrafi) I bought two of them, one for me, and one for………….. (You’ll have to find out when we come back) they look AWESOME!!! It was only 20¥ each. So I paid 40¥. The guy asked if we wanted a frame for it, and we asked how much it was. It was an extra 45¥. Of course we didn’t get it, so we’ll have to frame it when we come back to AUSTRALIA!!!
P.S I miss all of my friends and family and promise is to bring back presents for them.


My pantoum poem

Our task was to write a Pantoum Poem about what we liked, and I chose to write about China:

A Pantoum Poem by Acacia 5/6FM

This year 2016, June 2nd, I am going to China!

It will be a great experience for me

Going overseas with three other girls

12 hours to get there!


It will be a great experience for me.

Different foods, culture, people.

12 hours to get there!

It will be a long plane ride.


Different foods, culture, people.

Going to our sister school

It will be a long plane ride.

Can’t wait to go up the Pearl Tower.


Going to our sister school

Going overseas with three other girls

Can’t wait to go up the Pearl Tower.

This year 2016, June 2nd, I am going to China!


Hi, my name is Acacia, and I got chosen to go to China for 2016. I am really excited to go to China this year because I think that it will be a great experience for me and that I will learn a different culture I think that learning different cultures is interesting because it’s like way different to our culture.  In China I would love to try a fish eye, because your never going to know what it tastes like until you try it