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Here endeth the lesson

Updated on June 24, 2010

Class is over.................

Well my teaching days in China are almost over. I have one more day of teaching and marking, and then must spend some time finalising the document, then packing up and going back to Australia.

I confess that I am a bit teary about it. Some students I will really miss. I do enjoy the travel in China and that I will miss too - though I am looking forward to a rest.

This semester was very short - just four months - but I have managed to go to Beijing in April and loved seeing The Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Tiananmen Square as well as the other places around the city. Two days was not enough.

I wish I had stayed in a Hutong though I was not unhappy with where I stayed. I'd love to have had time to explore these parts of the city a bit more.

Shanghai has been my destination on two occasions, one being a very exhausting day at Expo 2010 - how I wish I had more time to spend there, but I've been and I loved it.

Xi'an was on my to do list this time as I have been fascinated by the terracotta warriors since they visited Brisbane Australia a number of years ago and I was just in awe as I stood beside the pits of warriors there. This really is one of the wonders of the world and is a must see.

I've been to so many places I am just glad I have my photos to remind me of the extraordinary experiences that I have had. I've been to Hangzhou and the silk market and Zhuji Pearl Market.

Even in the last weeks I've done more travelling to Thousand Island Lake and last week to Ningbo.

I leave Hangzhou Airport just before midday on Wednesday and fly into Hong Kong for a few days before heading home to Australia on July 4th.

I do though recommend travelling to China.  It is a huge place and there is so much to see, and so much to do.  If you can dare to be brave and travel on your own, you will find the people so keen to help you.  The culture is totally confusing and I learn something new every day, but I am so glad I had the opportunity.

Teaching here is an awesome way to learn more about this complex civilization.  I've enjoyed it.

I'll need a rest.....................................


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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Ah! I see you arrived a few days ago...