In China, people view outings as a time for professional bonding. Like many companies, Chinese public schools have entire school field trips to various museums, parks, and other interesting places twice a year. In years past I have taken this day to create my perfect day, however this year I enjoyed the Shanghai zoo with my first graders.
I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about visiting the Shanghai Zoo. Some of my friends reported the zoo was a little small, and the animals were skinny and caged. My hometown, St. Louis, has a world-class zoo so it takes much to zoologically impress me. We had a great opportunity to see many different animals at the zoo, but I’ve seen better. At least the class had a great opportunity to practice their real world vocabulary.
Here are some highlights from the trip.
|We made the trip from the school to the zoo in a comfortable charter bus. The zoo also has a metro stop on line 10.|
|I wasn't kidding when I said the entire school went on a field trip to the zoo. We had to wait a few minutes after we arrived to enter the zoo.|
|The grand paparazzi were there to document the entire trip with studio grade video cameras.|
|Fortunately, the kids were extremely well behaved, and excited to see the animals.|
|While we were waiting to enter the zoo, I bumped into my second graders...|
|and my third graders!|
|The zoo had some exotic animals like this ostrich...|
|...and these anorexic looking flamingos.|
|I was terrified that we might lose a child on the trip, so I spent the majority of the time counting first grade heads. A chaperone trip to the zoo is much different than a recreational trip to the zoo.|
|We kept walking and saw some bears...|
|...and a panda. Seeing this guy made me miss San in Chengdu.|
|Halfway through the trip we took a picnic break. Since the kids normally eat school lunches, it was very interesting to see what they packed in their lunch sacks.|
|I was really happy to learn that I teach a few shutterbugs! It was great to see their pictures after lunch.|
|About an hour after we ate, we hiked to see more creatures. I kept silently praying, "Please, Lord. Don't let me lose any of my kids."|
|The zoo has a very interesting collection of cement animals...|
|and live emus...|
|...and a hippo...|
|We were all exhausted by the end of the day, but we had a great time and no children were lost!|
Long story short, if you are looking for a small zoo with some interesting carnival rides, check out the Shanghai Zoo.