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JA Goes to China - Day 4 - Tourist Time

Saturday was a day of discovery for our students. They discovered that the Great Wall of China is not a flat, sweetly meandering rampart that cuts through the countryside. Rather, they discovered it undulates like a roller coaster, rising and falling sharply, and that climbing up and down the stone staircases requires agility and a strong set of knees. This is especially true when...
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JA Goes to China - Day 3 - Time to Walk

Our first full day in China was full of excitement, wonderful sights and a long haul -- more than seven miles to be exact. That's the distance we walked through Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, a calculation based on the pedometer used by Jeremy Race, JA's Vice President, Development, and "chief walking officer" for this day at least. [caption...
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JA Goes to China - Day 2 - Arrival

The thirteen hours we were aloft, north from New York over the Arctic ice cap and down into China, went remarkably quickly. Students watched movies, listened to music, dozed, and had a few meals, thanks to the friendly folks at China Air. But when we landed and finally were on Chinese soil, there was simply excitement and joy. On the bus traveling from the gleaming new Beijing airport to...
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JA Goes to China - Day 1 - Takeoff

If the rest of the trip is as easy as our experience at Terminal 1 of JFK, it is going to be a snap. It took about 30 minutes for ticketing and security. The students have been great--organized, eager to help and full of enthusiasm. Now eating, relaxing and converting dollars to yuan. Boarding at noon! Read our previous post . Read our next post . Check out this amazing...
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JA Goes to China - Day 1 - Sendoff

There were some tears, but mainly cheers as our 20 Wallingford students left this morning from EC Stevens Elementary School for a 12-day adventure in China. It was a busy scene at the school as parents gave their children big goodbye hugs, luggage was loaded onto the bus, the media interviewed travelers and there were the constant clicks of cameras as the moments were captured for...
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