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.
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: 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.
Try and guess how many years it would take to make every fine detailed building in Shanghai. Every last speck of this was a masterpiece, we were stunned. There was also interactive features that we used from traffic congestion to working out and many more. At first we thought it would be boring but it was amazing. But we did have to leave ( it took us a while though ).
Thanks for reading,
Hi my name is Chloe,
4 girls Layla, Jorja, Acacia and myself are all going to China.
I am most looking forward to the EIRA Circus.
I’m sharing a room with Jorja, Mrs Ashby is the teacher going with us.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity I’ve never been over seas (I haven’t been to Tasmania either ).
I’m looking forward to seeing Epsom’s exchange students.
Nǐ hǎo China.