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Email from the children in Lilian's class

We want to tell you something about the special snacks of our festivals. The most famous one is jiaozi. The history of jiaozi can be counted back to ancient times. During the Spring Festival making jiaozi has become the custom almost for all the Chinese, it started in the Ming Dynasty, about 500 to 600 years ago. The reason was quite simple. The shape of jiaozi looks like the gold or silver ingot used as money in ancient China. As the Spring Festival marks the beginning of a new year, people like to eat jiaozi to bless themselves for good fortune in the new year. Although time has changed, the tradition has remained still. The fun of eating jiaozi lies not only in the delicacy itself but also in the process of preparing for it: everybody, the host and guests together, would roll up their sleeves and wrap the pancake to cover the fillings. They would talk and laugh at the same time.

dumplingsThe Yuanxiao/Tangyuan is the festival food of Lantern Festival. It's the dumpling made from glutinous rice flour and stuffed with sweet fillings. Tangyuan is also served on all auspicious occasions like wedding, birthday, anniversary as it symbolized Tuanyuan (reunion) and Yuanmun (perfect) in China.

Zongzi is the festival food of Dragon Boat Festival. Two thousand years ago, a loyal scholar who named QuYuan jumped into the Miluo River in the 5th day of the fifth lunar month because his country was defeated. People were steering boats to rescue him on the river and offering rice to protect his body so it wouldn't be eaten by fish. In order to prevent the dragon from stealing them, the Zongzi consisted of bamboo tubes filled with glutinous rice. The custom of eating Zongzi and dragon-boat racing comes down to us because people wanted to remember his loyalty. There are many different kinds of Zongzi, each with its own particular flavor, shape, and type of leaf for wrapping. Zongzi is normally four-sided with pointed, rounded ends, or in pyramid shapes. Sometimes it is in the shape of a cone or cylinder. The glutinous rice mixture is wrapped in leaves of palm or bamboo. Bamboo leaf Zongzi is a specialty of South China.

mooncakesThe Mid Autumn Festival is one of the most important festivals in China. (Mooncakes are eaten). Chinese ancestors believed that the seventh, eighth, and ninth lunar months belong to autumn. So the Mid Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Mid Autumn Festival celebrations can be counted back for more than 2,000 years. In old times, Chinese emperors prayed to Heaven for a good year. The 15th day of the second lunar month morning was chosen to worship the sun and the evening of the 15th day of the eighth lunar month was chosen to hold a ceremony in praise of the moon. (2003)

Emails about the School Traffic Team

Our city, Shaoguan is in the north part of Guangdong, South China. Shaoguan City School Little Traffic Team aims to foster awareness of road safety.

We are the school children from Shaoguan City, China. We are from different schools. We are the members of our city School Traffic Team, we participate in the training in after-school activities. Our city traffic station officers usually organize our team to patrol in our city Train Station and on the main streets. The busiest places. Besides patrol, we also offer the volunteer service in our communities. To make our city clean, we need to do the cleaning in our city street corners. We also help the senior citizens who need help from us. Do you have a school traffic team? We want to learn how you serve your community in your spare time.

Emails from NingBo JangDong School

My English name is Lisa. China is a very beautiful country. Did you come China? Welcome to China. Our China has many big cities. Our town Ning Bo is a big city, too. ... What do you do on Saturdays? I read books, watch TV, play the piano and do my homework on Saturdays. Oh! I have math class on Saturdays.

My English name is Betty. Iím in NingBo JangDong Center School. Iím in Class One, Grade Five. My favorite day is Friday. We have English, Chinese and Math. My favorite food is hot-dog. Because itís tasty. My favorite teacher is Miss Bao. She is our English teacher. She is tall and kind. I am studying Cambridge Young Learners English.

Emails from Anne's class

flowerAt school we learn Maths, Art, English, Music and other lessons. Anne is our English teacher. We like English very much.

In China, our capital is Beijing. It is a big and beautiful city. On our New Year, we all eat dumplings and lots of delicious food, and wear most beautiful clothes. We like China, and you?

Do you know paper was invented in China, it was invented by Cai Lun nearly two thousand years ago. Printing was invented in China too. It was invented by Bi Sheng in 1043. That was nearly one thousand years ago. Compasses and gun powder were also invented in China.


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