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Made in China- imagined in your dreams.

When you dream of China, of what do you dream?

There is no place on earth that fires the imagination and stirs the spirit like China. No place that promises such a feast for the senses. And no place where the present so visibly melts into the past and where, through every doorway a new discovery awaits to surprise and delight you.

China overflows with the grand, the spectacular and the truly awesome. Yet sometimes, it's the little things that leave the biggest impressions- for us it's the children of Ying Chun, Jie Fang and Number 7 Middle School.

Huan ying. Welcome to China!

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We have a sister School in China, which our Head first visited in October 2003 and then annually with different staff up to the present day. Our children in Y6 and Y5 are writing, emailing and making QuickTime movies for that School. As part of our geography and art work in Y6 we are now studying China as a developing country. In the future we hope to work together with our Chinese colleagues to develop teaching materials for both Schools. Our pupils in Y5 and Y6 also study Mandarin as a modern foreign language, and the whole School takes part in Chinese Morning Exercises every day.

Our sister school is in the Dalian Education District in a coastal town called Lushun and is called Ying Chun Primary School. We also have close links with Jie Fang Primary School and Number 7 Middle School in the Dalian Development Zone.

 

A photograph of our Sister School, Ying Chun Primary School, Lushun, Dalian.

You can find out much more about Dalian, Lushun and China in general by reading below, clicking on the buttons on the left or following the links at the bottom of this page.

Dalian and Around

Clean, modern and rich Dalian is a large, sprawling city on the Yellow Sea. It is one of China's most cosmopolitan cities, partly because it has changed hands so often; as the only ice-free port in the region it was eagerly sought by the foreign powers who held sway over China in the nineteenth century. The Japanese gained the city in 1895, only to lose it a few years later to the Russians, who saw it as an alternative to ice-bound Vladivostok. In 1905, after decisively defeating the Russian navy, the Japanese wrested it back and remained in control for long enough to complete the construction of the port facilities. After World War II, the Soviet Union occupied the city for ten years, finally withdrawing when Sino-Soviet relations improved. Today Dalian is busier than ever, the funnel for Dongbei's enormous natural and mineral wealth and an industrial producer in its own right, specializing in petrochemicals and shipbuilding. The city is booming as fast as any in China and, though the "foreign devils" are still here, they are now invited: Dalian has been designated a Special Economic Zone, one of China's "open-door" cities with regulations, designed to attract overseas investment.

Still, Dalian manages to be a leisurely place, popular with tourists who come here for the scenic spots and beaches outside the city, to recover their health in sanatoriums and to stuff themselves on seafood. The city is also know for soccer, which explains the large sculptures of footballs you will see around. Dalian's team, Shide (formerly Wanda), has been the captain of the Chinese league more times than not in recent years, and contributed six players to the country's World Cup squad. The city hold two festivals: the Locust Flower Festival in spring is the time to visit the city's parts, and the International Fashion Festival around September 10th sees fashion models parading in the streets. Dalian's brand-new scenic drive, Binhai Lu, hugs the cliffs of the Yellow Sea, winding 40km past the villas of Party bigwigs as well as Shide stars. The city also boasts a large aquarium, a new zoo and easy connections to the town of Lüshun.

Tourists looking for relics from Dalian's colonial past will be disappointed, however: unlike other treaty ports such as Shanghai, Dalian is looking firmly forward to the future. Plans for a history museum have been tabled, and Dalian's former mayor, Bo Xili, won promotion to the provincial government for all his modernizing handiwork.

Lüshun


The port city of Lüshun, a forty-kilometre bus ride south of Dalian, makes up for the latter's lack of attention to the past. It was near Lüshun that the Japanese shocked the world by defeating the Russians in a naval battle in 1904. This was the beginning of a bloody campaign that ended in Shenyang, where the tsar at last surrendered in 1905. Northeast China was subsequently in the hands of the Japanese, who ruled the region for the next forty years. The main reason tourists interested in the Russo-Japanese War come is to visit the town's prison camp turned museum, commemorating those who were interned here.

Lüshun today is a quiet place, largely unchanged from its colonial past as Port Arthur, with one main square fronted by Japanese-style buildings. The main highlight is the Japanese Russian Imperial Prison Site, on a small hill in the north of town. Half of the camp was built by the Russians in 1902 as a prison for Chinese; from 1905 to 1945 it was enlarged by Japan, who used it to hold Chinese, Russians and dissidents from Japan opposed to the emperor; finally the Communists used the prison to hold Chinese - you can still read, under the neat squares of burgundy paint attempting to block it out, "Mao Ze Dong Live Forever!" Other slogans of the Cultural Revolution have been painted over throughout the camp. The prison also has a torture room, a gallows with skeletons of victims on display, and a 1914 Model T Ford that belonged to the Japanese warden, in front of which you can have your picture taken.

Lüshun also has a Tomb for Russian Martyrs, in memory of the soldiers who died to liberate the city in 1945, located west of the prison. Rows of cannon and other fortifications left by the Japanese sit atop Baiyun Shan, a hill overlooking the Yellow Sea near the centre of town.

China Pages Listing

 
China Links
Great link for learning to speak a little Mandarin and all things Chinese.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/real_chinese/

Want to know more about China, follow this fantastic link, works best with broadband.

www.thebeijingguide.com

Would you like to know more about the Chinese New Year and all things Chinese, then follow these links

http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/chineseny.html

Want to know more about Dalian? Two government sites for you to view:

http://2003.dl.gov.cn/i18n/en/index.htm

Here are more links to useful sites about China

http://www.chinese-dictionary.org

It's the first Chinese Multilingual Online dictionary, as it includes Chinese, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian with more than 200 000 entries, and the website

www.chinese-tools.com

http://www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese (free online Chinese lessons with audio).

http://www.chinese-tools.com/phrasebook (mandarin phrasebook).

http://www.chinese-tools.com/news (Chinese news headlines annotated in English) and many more resources and tools.

http://www.educ.uvic.ca/faculty/mroth/438/CHINA/chinese_new_year.html Lots of child friendly information about the Chinese New
 
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