Saturday, 30 September 2017

Mid Autumn Festival


High speed train to Wuzhen

Ni Hao Room 25, today I am on my way to Wuzhen, a traditional Chinese village.

Here is a map of China and some clips from the high speed train. It rains often here. 
The chinese trains are very fast. They can run at 350km per  hour.

Room 25, do you know how many provinces there are in China?
What is the capital of China?
Which province is Ningbo in?

Friday, 29 September 2017

Breakfast Time

Traditional Chinese breakfast. What do you have for breakfast?

Nantang Street

These are photos of Nantang Old Street. 
Can you find Nantang Street, Ningbo, on Google Earth or Google Maps?

1000 Year Old Bridge

This bridge is almost 1000 years old. Why do you think it has stood strong for so many years?
What are the important factors to consider when designing a bridge?

Siyanqi Primary - Campus # 2

Ni Hao Room 25,
On Wednesday, Mrs Singh visited the second Siyanqi Primary School campus. Here are some photos.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Ni Hao Room 25
This is the view from the hotel cafe. I see the plant in the photo everywhere I go. What plant is it? What can we use this plant for?

Mid-Autumn Festival

Next week China will celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival. One of the delicacies is moon cakes. Here are two different legends regarding the Mooncake festival and its origins. Compare and contrast this legend with our Matariki celebration.

The Goddess Chang’s Fly to the Moon
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for Chinese people all over the world to come together, eat special cakes and gaze at the full moon.
Though a happy occasion, there's a heartbreaking story that explains how it came to be.
  Chinese legend tells of the hero Houyi and his beautiful wife Chang'e.
As with many legends, there are differing and often contradictory accounts.
  One tells that Chang'e was a heavenly girl who worked among fairies and immortals in the palace of the Jade Emperor. One day, she broke a special porcelain jar and was banished to live among humans on earth, with the promise that she could return if she performed valuable deeds there.
  Joining a family of farmers, she met Houyi, a hunter and master archer, and eventually, they would marry.
  But the world of mortals soon found itself in peril. The Jade Emperor had 10 mischievous sons who transformed themselves into 10 suns, scorching the earth and its people. Houyi took it upon himself to save them. Using incredible strength and superior marksmanship, he shot down nine of the suns and left one in the sky so that humans could draw upon its warmth and light.
  It is here, again, that accounts diverge. One version has it that both Houyi and Chang'e were heavenly beings, and that a vengeful emperor condemned them to live on Earth as mortals thereafter. Houyi wished to avert death, so he acquired an elixir that would confer immortality. He was warned to drink only half the potion, and he reasoned that his wife could drink the rest.
  In one account of the legend, a greedy friend of Houyi's named Peng Meng tried to obtain the formula for himself, but Chang'e wouldn't let him, and drank it all. Another states that Chang'e could not resist immortality, and so consumed it herself.
  However you interpret the legend, it eventually transpired that Chang'e's body became light, and she flew out a window up to the moon, leaving her husband all alone on the Earth.
  On a clear night, Houyi saw Chang'e in the moon, called out to her and even tried to shoot it down, but it was too late.
  Now as a lunar goddess, Chang'e was doomed to be apart from her husband forever. Houyi memorized his wife by arranging a table with incense, meats and fruits that she loved. The tradition of making sacrifices to the moon carried through the ages, from the Western Zhou Dynasty (1045 to 770 B.C.) onward.
  And so it is today, that Chinese all over the world meet outside, eat together and gaze at a plentiful moon, like the legendary and historical ancestors who came before.


The Next folk tale teaches us a lesson. Read the story and identify what you think is the lesson in the story.

The Bird Jingwei Trying to Fill the Sea(精卫填海)   

Once upon a time, the youngest daughter of Emperor Yan went boating on the Eastern Sea. While she was enjoying herself, a strong wind rose on the sea and her boat capsized. Just before she was      buried by the surging waves, her spirit turned into a beautiful bird. As it flew over the  roaring sea, it cried sadly in the sound "jinwei, jingwei". That was why people called it "Jingwei".  
从前,炎帝(传说中中国原始社会的统治者)的小女儿在东海上划船。正当她划得高兴时,海面上突然升起一阵大风,把她的小船弄翻了。就在她要被汹涌的波浪吞没时,她的灵魂变成了一只美丽的小鸟。它飞过那咆哮的海面,伤心的叫着"精卫,精卫"的声音。所以人们就叫她"精卫"The bird lived on a mountain near the sea. It hated the   sea so  much that it decided to fill it up. Every day, it flew between the mountain and the sea, carrying in a twig or a pebble from the mountain and dropping it into the sea.
One day, the roaring sea said to Jingwei, "Poor little bird, stop doing that meaningless thing! You'll never fill me up." Jingwei replied, "I'll fill you up no doubt! I will, even if it'll take me thousands of years! I'll fight on until doomsday!" The brave little bird kept carrying twigs and pebbles from the mountain to the Eastern Sea without taking a rest.  
一天,咆哮的大海对精卫说:"可怜的小鸟,停止你那无谓的举动吧!你是永远都填不平我的。" 精卫回答说:"我当然会把你填平的!即使这需要千千万万年的时间,我也一定会斗争到底,直到你的末日来临!" 这只勇敢的小鸟继续从山上衔来小树枝和小石子,扔到东海中,从未有片刻休息。
The bird Jingwei trying to fill the sea"精卫填海"这个成语就是由这个传说而来的,形容那些坚定不移,不屈不挠,不到目的决不罢休的人。From this fable comes the idiom "The bird Jingwei trying to fill the sea". We use it to describe people who are firm and indomitable and will not stop until they reach their goal.

Siyanqi Primary School

Ni Hao Room 25
Mrs Singh visited Siyanqi Primary School today and met some of the students who came to CPDS. She taught them 'Tutira Mai' and how to make a poi. The class size is similar to our class but only 1 teacher. Students sit in rows. They do not have iPads or Chrome books in class.


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Silk Factory

Ni Hao Room 25.
On Monday Mrs Singh visited one of the oldest silk factories. Here are some photos and video clips of the silk worms, and how the thread is processed. Can you find out the life cycle of a silk worm?

What bush is this?
Clue: Silk Worm Food

Monday, 25 September 2017

This is a photo of our bus driver. Which side of the bus is the driver's seat? Have a look at the road. Do you notice anything different?

Here's another clue.

Santang Street

Ni Hao Room 25. 

Last night Mrs Singh visited Santang Street. Traditionally it was famous for its canals. Now there are many small stalls selling touristy stuff. 

What caught her interest was this 3 wheeled vehicle. I approached the driver and he explained that it was a taxi for the elderly so that the aged could also enjoy life.

Mrs Singh got a chance to sit behind the wheel. Look at the wheel. It has bicycle handles. It is powered by electricity. Do you think we could introduce this vehicle in NZ? Why or Why not?

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Suzhou Garden - Shanghai

Kia Ora tamariki. 
Mrs Singh reached Shanghai today. Her first stop was Suzhou. It is famous for its garden. 
This is Suzhou Garden. 

Look at the photos and see if you can identify some geometrical patterns.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Flying to China

Kia Ora Tamariki,
I am on my way to China. I am at the airport, waiting for the plane. I am with other teachers from other Auckland schools. Will be boarding the plane in a few minutes.

Monday, 4 September 2017


Kaden likes inferring. He enjoys inferring when he sees if his inference was correct. You basically guess what is going to happen before you finish reading the book. It is quite fun when you get it right.   

Here is the link to the inferring clip.

By: Kaden