HUAIROU, Beijing Province:
Me and Sarah stayed up until midnight for presents - she gave me a big bottle of vodka and a book full of myths and stories of China and the most amazing photographs!
After some sleep, in the morning I got some hot chocolates and moon cake (except it wasn't moon cake coz I bought something else by accident, but it still tasted nice!) for Christmas breakfast, which I took to the hotel for everyone. I took them their Christmas presents as well, which everyone seemed to like.
After grabbing some food, we headed off to Mutianyu - the section of the Great Wall in Huairou. We got ski-lift up to the wall, not done that before! It was pretty scary but the views were amazing, and it ends up at a different section of the wall.
We walked along the wall for an hour or so, and then got the tobaggon slide down!
It was our last English Corner this week, but before we went to Bao Gao Ting we went up to the office to give Emily her Christmas presents - some chocolates from England, an English magazine (Cosmo!) and a CD we'd made of English songs she'll like.
I took Rob along to English Corner which he seemed to enjoy - but I couldn't believe how many people showed up! Over 150 I reckon! We took a huuuuge bar of cadbury's chocolate (1kg!) and shared it out with as many of the students as possible, and then most of the time I was just smiling for photos! At least they asked for them in English though haha
I was given so many presents!
Susan gave me another paper cutting - this one was made by her master, Sakura gave me a traditional Chinese comb, two girls gave me a wrapped apple (the Chinese word for apple - ping guo - sounds similar to the phrase 'take care'/'keep safe', so they give them to each other at christmas), and Cynthia gave me a tin full of Korean soaps!
Vincent gave me an envelope, and inside is a piece of paper with a grid full of Chinese symbols... I have no idea what it is or what is says! Will need to ask Emily next week I think! Harry gave me a Chinese name (赵婧 - Zhao Jing), Minji gave me a Korean pencil case, and Ruby gave me a phone holder, a box of Chinese pastries and a tea set!
In the evening we went to the Park restaurant for Christmas dinner, and then me, Sarah and Andrew went to Datang. We met up with Sophie and some of her friends, and they paid for all of our drinks! Andrew made a friend too, who bought us this fireworks cocktail drink thing that me and Sarah have been wanting for ages!