Inner Mongolia kids in Beijing Summer Camp

I know it has been a while since I have posted anything. I have been very busy with the kids. Unlike the other camp, these kids are usually in a classroom with studies. There is very little free time for them. But, I have some pictures and videos of some of the more fun times we have had.

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These are pictures of the kids after we went to get them from the train station. They traveled 14 hours on a sleeper train to get here from Inner Mongolia. So, we did the sensible thing and fed them. Ha Ha

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After lunch and a short break, they had to take an exam so we can evaluate their progress. The bad thing about the exam…there were 8 incorrect answers within the first 15 questions. I am not sure who designed the exam. It sure wasn’t me. So much for a fair and balanced exam for evaluating.

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This was just funny. We were walking to dinner and we noticed how the reflection from a car can be made into a circus fun mirror. We had such a laugh at ourselves. I doubt we will look at a shiny car the same again.

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I was placed in charge of recreational exercise at the camp. So, I decided to play some games with the kids. Two games I played with them was a relay race with a ping pong ball. They had to use chopsticks to pass the ping pong to each other. I first did singles. Of course it was too easy for them. They have been using chopsticks all their lives. But, when I gave one chopstick to each person in a pairing, it was not as easy. But, they did a great job.

I also played a favorite of mine. It is a balloon stomp game. They had to try to pop the balloons of the opposing team. It was the best part of the day I think.

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Eventually, the balloon pop game dwindled down to three and then two. The winner was the boy in the red balloon.

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We went to a local park for the day.  These are just some of the activities they did. Of course the kids loved playing laser tag. I had fun doing the high ropes course. We had a nice open area to relax and enjoy the sunny day. Three hammocks hung from the trees. It was very peaceful for all of us.

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These are just some of the other scenery available in the park. Wedding pictures are always popular in parks and other scenic areas. Every weekend, couples get their wedding pictures done.

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I wanted to finish with this picture. The park we were at is one of the venues from the Olympics. Many people are not aware that the host cities do not just build the venue in one place. They are often spread out over a city area or a region. This park was host to the tennis and beach volleyball competitions. I have read many articles about other host cities who spent billions of dollars, only to have the facilities become unusable and ruined. China planned well. The Olympic Park where the Bird Nest and Water Cube is located, has been transformed into a tourist destination. The facilities are used for various sporting events and concerts. The Water Cube has a water park inside now. In this park, they took the beach volleyball area and transformed it into a beach for Beijingers to enjoy. There are many things to do in that region of the park that is water and beach related. The tennis facilities have also been transformed. Since many Chinese do not play tennis, they turned the courts into mini soccer fields and basketball courts. People pay to use all of these facilities. Beijing may never recoup the cost of the Olympics. But, they have kept their facilities from becoming disgraces to the city. It just shows that planning properly can make an event like the Olympics feasible.

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