Guangzhou: A Trip By Train

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Dragons in Salem

Dragons in Salem

China: Through My Eyes

It's time to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and Ava and Sofie visit the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem to say goodbye to the Year of the Rabbit and hello to the Year of the Dragon!

Easter Tower

Easter Tower

China: Through My Eyes

In the twelfth and final episode in China, Ava and Sofie spend Easter Sunday at the Macau Tower, the 1,109-foot tall place to be for panoramic views of Macau and the surrounding waters. But first, they begin decorating plastic Easter eggs at a table provided for visiting children by the Macau Tower Entertainment Centre. 

Sea Goddess

Sea Goddess

China: Through My Eyes

In episode eleven, Sofie and Ava seek out the goddess A-Ma, or Mazu, believed to be the namesake of Macau. The girls visit the A-Ma Temple, one of the oldest and most famous Taoist temples in existence, built in 1488 to honor this important goddess of fishermen and seafarers. Ava compares her experiences in theater classes back home as the girls take in a bit of traditional Chinese opera in an outdoor theater. 

Macau WOW

Macau WOW

China: Through My Eyes

In episode 10, Sofie and Ava investigate Macau, a former Portuguese colony with a fascinating mix of cultures. How does this place look, sound, smell and taste different from Hong Kong? From Guangzhou? From home?

Guangzhou: Crypt Keepers

Guangzhou: Crypt Keepers

China: Through My Eyes

Episode nine: The girls journey to a historic cemetery where Western travelers of long ago are buried.

Guangzhou: Visiting A Chinese Zoo

Guangzhou: Visiting A Chinese Zoo

China: Through My Eyes

Episode eight: The girls climb into another Chinese taxi and travel with a guide to the Chime Long Xiangjiang Safari Park, the largest animal park in Asia and home to over 20,000 animals, including giant pandas and over half the world’s population of white tigers. A visit to the tiger cub nursery with litters of gamboling striped babies is an experience that will never be forgotten. Sofie and Ava view creatures from around the world from the Safari Train, winding ever-closer to the piece de resistance, the bamboo-munching giant panda, animal ambassador from China to the United States since pandas Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing were given to the U.S. by the Chinese government in 1972 following President Nixon’s historic visit to China, a bit of history as ancient to the girls as China’s gift of pandas to Japan in the Tang Dynasty.


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In the seventh episode, Sofie and Ava board a train for the 100-mile journey to Guangzhou, Southern China’s largest city. Entering Mainland China for the first time, they notice how it differs from Hong Kong and how things compare to their familiar surroundings back home in the United States.

Here, drivers sit on the left side of the car and cars drive on the left side of the road, just like back home. How confusing — after several days in Hong Kong, they had just become used to the right side!

After settling into their new home base, complete with a view of the Canton Tower, the girls visit the Guangzhou Museum, located within the Zhenhai Tower, also known as the Five-Story Pagoda and originally built in 1380, in the heart of Guangzhou’s Yuexiu Park. ,p> Ava and Sofie have fun with a three-dimensional model of modern day Guangzhou, make their own unique child’s-eye observations on 2,000 years of Chinese history, and enjoy a view of the city from the fifth floor balcony. In a hillside park, Ava, a violin student back home, observes a musician playing a similar-looking traditional Chinese stringed instrument in an outdoor performance.

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