Translated, that means . . .
Wow, what a day we had on Tuesday! Our class went to Chinatown on a multi-cultural excursion, which was so much fun!
If you try you can translate English into Chinese like we have. It’s simple – click on the link and try it. Type in your message in English and translate it to Chinese . . . who said learning Chinese was hard!
Now, about our excursion . . . (現在，我們的遊覽。。。)
Firstly we had to travel on the bus to get there, which took about an hour and a half. Most of us chatted the entire way about different things.
Once we finally got to Chinatown, we went to the Chinese Musem, which
was really fun, except for the stairs. (5 storeys high) Our tour guides walked us through many different aspects of Chinese culture, and also migration. We went into a simulated boat- like room which was the same as if we were on a small boat coming to Australia from China. It was so small, and the rocking felt so real! It was very squashy.
When we got off the boat all around us were scenes of the goldrushes with shops and tents and people panning for gold.
Then we saw the Millenium Dragon, one of the biggest in the world. The dragon’s head alone weighs approximately 200kg and requires 8 people to carry it. It takes about 45 people to hold it and it was really pretty. We got a class photo and then we moved upstairs.
Did you know that the dragon is China’s national symbol?
Upstairs were displays about the culture and history of China. We learnt about:
- Binding feet – which is where the arches of your feet got broken and all the toes except for the big one were bent underneath the foot (luckily it stopped in the early 20th century.)
- Chinese weddings – They would go for 12 days long, full of dresses that the bride had made . . . and
- Chinese medical herbs – they smelt delicious.
After we had finished looking around the museum, we went in to the actual Chinatown! It was amazing, and everything made you feel like you were in China.
My supervisor bought paper lanterns for myself and the others in my group. They were very pretty, and there were so many to choose from!
Once we had walked around Chinatown and all it had to see, we had to go back to school . I had a great day, and would just like to say if it weren’t for the teachers and parents who came, we wouldn’t have been able to go, so a big thankyou to all the staff for organising it, and the parents for coming to supervise us.
Written by Gemma (芽)
Now enjoy the great movie of Chinatown that Gemma has also made for us to watch.
Do you know in which two annual Melbourne festivals the Millennium Dragon parades?