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During a two-day weekend excursion, students and staff from easyMandarin visited the beautiful San Shan Island located off the coast of Lake Tai (Chinese: 太湖, pinyin: “Tài hú” in pinyin, literally “Grande Lake”), one of the biggest lakes in China. The diverse group took a speed boat to the island where motor vehicles are not allowed and everyone rides bicycles or electric bikes to get around.
The action packed trip included mountain hiking, bike riding, and touring of the ancient town. Additionally, the group took a fishing boat around the islands to admire the awesome natural scenery. Students practiced their Chinese with local farmers, and enjoyed hearing about folklore while picking juicy tangerines off the trees and eating them. To top it off, the evening included a barbecue and camp fire (roasted marshmallows!), along with singing Chinese and Western songs!
Eric Pekar, an American law student from New York University (NYU) studying Mandarin in easyMandarin’s Intensive Small Group course said, “It was my first time leaving Shanghai and getting out of the big city. I really enjoyed seeing what other parts of China are really like. It was nice to get to use a bit of Chinese with the locals. I had a lot of fun!”
For pictures of the trip please click here – easyMandarin Chinese School Visits Suzhou’s San Shan Island.
easyMandarin, also known as “Easy Mandarin” or “eM”, is one of China’s leading Chinese schools. The school was established in the year 2006 and since then has taught Mandarin to thousands of individuals from more than 60 countries, including overseas students, interns, CEOs, heads of NGOs, consulate generals, and people just visiting China to experience the language and culture. eM is based in Shanghai, China and is internationally accredited by CSN.