Congratulations 2014 China Delegation
SAMANTHA NICOLE ALEXANDER
RACHEL LYNN PRAVETZ
KELLY VYVY HUYNH
CAITLYN ELAINE KIMBERLY
SAMANTHA LOUISE SANTIAGUEL
AMARI TATYANA WOODARD
AUBREY CASTILLO MEDINA
DANIELA TIMOTHYEVNA FULLER
CRISTINA MANUELA ROWE
BAILEE MARIE KELLEY
KELLY L WALKER, Chaperone
WAN ZHANG, Chaperone
After School Meeting Dates
March 11: Geography, History and Traditions
March 18: Politics and the Economy
March 24: Culture: Beijing and Harbin
Students will be given reading material on each topic prior to the meeting. Read all materials before the meeting. The meetings will be in room 204 from 2:10 to 3:30.
First meeting for parents and students is February 26, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m
Actual Passport Needed for VISA
Final Parent Meeting
$1250 Balance of Airfare DUE March 18
After School Meetings for Students TBD
Hotel in Beijing
Beijing Da Wan Hotel
Dongcheng District, Wang Fu Jing Street Ganyu Hutong Jia #2, Beijing, China
Itinerary for Beijing
Pick up & Shopping (Silk Street)
Check in hotel
上午：文化游览长城 The Great Wall
下午：参观孔子学院 Visit Confucius Institute
鸟巢水立方 Olympic Park
上午：文化游览天安门广场 Tian’an Men
故宫 The Forbidden City
下午：南锣鼓巷 Nan Luo Gu Xiang (Hutong)
早：送机，飞往哈尔滨 Going to Harbin
Ms. Zhang's List of FAQs
1. How to be prepared for the weather in Harbin?
Wear layers and definitely need thicker jackets.
2. What are the limits for my luggage?
You can bring a backpack or a small carry-on suitcase with you on the airplane. No weight limitation.
You can have one checked luggage. The weight limitation for both international and domestic travel is no more than 40lbs.
3. What should I pack?
Except clothes and any personal items you can think of, you also should bring a voltage converter if you need to use hair dryer, digital camera or other electrical equipment. You don’t have to worry about laptops, smart phones or Apple products. They have universal charging system built in. In general, follow this rule: pack the items you will have to use and you don’t think you will get in China.
4. How much money do I need to bring? How should I carry the money with me?
For how much, it really depends on the students. 1 dollar=6 RMB. A bottle of water is about 3-5 RMB. Taking a cab is about 30-50RMB. Last year, no one spent more than $300 for snacks and souvenirs in Xi’an & Harbin.
For carrying money with you, we recommend have small amount of cash in pocket. Put most of your money in a debit card. Students can withdraw money from ATM in China. Also, we can exchange money in the airport and at the local banks when we arrive.
5. What should I bring as gifts for my host family?
Something represents the city, the state or the county, for example, chocolates, nuts, candies.
Something practical such as lotions and T shirts.
Something pretty and not too big because of the weight limits of the luggage, and nothing fragile.
6. Is it safe in China?
Yes, it’s very safe. However, do not buy souvenirs on the street next to tourist spots.
7. Is it safe when it comes to the air pollution?
First, it’s defiantly not good for health. You can wear masks when there’s smog if needed. Second, we only stay in China for a very short period of time. It should be fine.
8. How can I communicate with my child every day?
The chaperons will email Ms. Gurley everyday if internet is available. Ms. Gurley will forward to parents. Also, you can contact with your cellphone carrier to talk about the international service plan. Third, if you use smart phones, you can download a free app called WeChat. This app allows you to send voice messages and text messages to each other as long as wifi is available.
Itinerary for Harbin