China is a vast country, both in population and the span of history, the oldest continuous civilization in the world. China also has many “firsts” – earliest writing and code of laws, first to use paper money, first to make silk, kites, gunpowder, paper and fireworks, first to print books. Poetry, painting, music and theater are highly developed arts. Astronomy and medicine have always been important in Chinese life.
“You’re taking your kids? Really!?”
When we told family and friends we would be traveling to China this fall, many were actually surprised that the kids would be accompanying us. “Your kids are going with you?!” Frankly, we chose China because that is where they wanted to go. One doesn’t study a language for long before a desire to experience that culture first hand is ignited within.
Traveling with kids in China, there’s so many directions to go, the first question most will ask is, where do we start? We opted to begin our holiday in Beijing and from there, to see as much of the country as possible, with the goal of the big tourist attractions (The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Olympic Park, Terra Cotta Soldiers, Giant Pandas, The Bund, and Victoria Peak) as our key destinations.
Over the next ten days, I will share with you our discovery of China .. city by city. I’ll share with you our highlights and hopefully introduce you to some lesser known secrets of Chinese culture. Along the way, I will also share recipes, activities, and lessons plans you can use to build a cultural study of China into your curriculum.
So, grab a cup of tea (茶 – chá), wrap up in your favorite blanket, and join me on our tour of China.
- Part 1 – The Great Wall and Olympic Park
- Part 2 – The Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
- Part 3 – The Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square
My fourth post in the series will introduce you to the Terra Cotta Soldiers & the Ancient City Wall. Here, I will also introduce you to the Muslim Quarter, the Bell & Drum Towers, and the Goose Pagodas.
Chengdu, our third city in our tour of China (and my fifth post) is all about pandas. We visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center and enjoy Chengdu’s specialty dish, hot pot. Read more in my post, Chengdu – Pandas & Hot Pot.
A visit to China’s Sichuan province isn’t complete without seeing Leshan and the Giant Buddha. I’ve created a couple notebooking pages specific to the Buddhist influence in China. You won’t want to miss this one.
My seventh post, The Super Skyline of Shanghai includes the Maglev, The Bund, Financial Center, Yu Yuan, and a Night Cruise.
Suzhou – Canals, Gardens, and the Silk Road – Here we enjoyed a canal boat ride, visited the Humble Administrator’s Garden, and toured a silk factory.
Yangshou – Caves, Cormorants, and Snails – Li River Motor Boat Cruise, Bamboo Raft, Xingping Village, Cormorant Fishing, Swimming, Light Show
Hong Kong 香港
Hong Kong – Big City Lights – Victoria Peak, Escalator, Repulse Bay, Markets, Symphony of Lights
These past 10 days, I have shared Discovering China Discovering China as part of the iHomeschoolNetwork’s Autumn Hopscotch. You can visit the hopscotch home page at iHN for ideas and inspiration in topics like Great Science Books, Learning With Minecraft, and Loving Living Literature.