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					   Suzhou Rayhua
  Bilingual Academy

Summer Chinese Language &
     Culture Camp
    June 4-22, 2007
              Located in the Municipality of Suzhou, Jiangsu
               Province, Rayhua Bilingual Academy is located
               about 70 miles west of Shanghai. The school
               is a privately owned K-12 boarding/day school
               that offers a full-scale curriculums according
               the national educational standards stipulated
               by the Chinese Ministry of Education. As
               such, the Academy is fully accredited by the
               Chinese Government.

              The school occupies 128 acres of land with
               classroom buildings, A/V rooms, science and
               computer labs, and a library. Other student
               service facilities include a gymnasium, track &
               field, basketball and tennis courts, a cafeteria,
               dormitories, business and administrative
               buildings, school nurse’ office and a security

              Half of the students enrolled in Rayhua are
               placed in the bilingual program, with classes
               conducted in both English and Mandarin.
           While at Rayhua, students will most
            likely stay either in the student dorm or
            one of the faculty houses.

           Each dorm room is equipped with a/c,
            bunk beds, all necessary beddings,
            desks and chairs. It also has maid
            service. The shared bathrooms and
            showers are in the hallway. During
            summer season each student is also
            given a mosquito net.

           Each faculty house usually comes with
            5-6 bedrooms, three bathrooms, a
            kitchen and a large living room. It also
            has a/c and cleaning service.
Food Services
                   The school provides three Chinese
                    style meals a day to the students.
                    Breakfast usually includes rice
                    porridge, steamed buns and small
                    dishes such as marble eggs and
                    Chinese pickles. Lunch and dinner
                    include rice and various stir-fried

                   Suzhou is the birth place of the Su-
                    Style cuisine, also known as the
                    Shanghai cuisine. In downtown
                    Suzhou, which is about 10 minutes
                    ride by taxi, students can find a wide-
                    range of restaurants serving a variety
                    of food from local flavors to regional
                    cuisines, as well as Western fast-food
                    such as Big Macs (McDonalds) and
                    fried chicken (KFC).
    Surroundings – Downtown Suzhou
                                       Suzhou is one of the most important historical cities in
                                        China. The city was first built during the Spring and
                                        Autumn Period as the capital of the Kingdom of Wu.
                                        Beginning from the Sui Dynasty, Suzhou enjoyed a
                                        tremendous prosperity due to its central location on the
                                        Grant Canal of China.

   Throughout history, Suzhou has housed and
    produced some of the most prominent literati in
    China. Many great poets wrote poems and prose
    in praise of the natural beauty of the city and its
    famous gardens – widely considered the
    prototype of Chinese garden style architecture.
Surroundings - Mudu
                           Rayhua Academy is within 5 minutes bus ride to Mudu (木渎),
                        a historical town with cultural significance.

   The name "Mudu", meaning "timbers blocking the
    river", comes from an ancient story: During the
    Spring and Autumn Period, King Wu set to build
    “the Guanwa Palace " for his concubine Xishi. The
    large quantity of timbers needed for this palace
    rafted from the upstream and got stuck at the Mudu
    section of the river.
   With many Ming and Qing period gardens, Mudu is
    also known as “the town of Gardens".
Program Overview
   I. Chinese Language Instructions:
    Students will be placed according to their language proficiency into different Chinese
    language classes. Each morning students will have two periods of Chinese language
    training and two periods of cultural communication class with the local students who
    are enrolled in the bilingual program.

   II. Art and Culture Classes
    Students will explore Chinese arts and cultures through afternoon and evening
    classes such as martial arts, calligraphy, Chinese paintings, Chinese music and the
    Kun-style opera. These classes are usually taught by professional masters and
    performers in Suzhou area.

   III. Cultural Field Trips:
    A. On weekends students will participate in scenic tours to Suzhou, Shanghai,
    Hangzhou and the Tai Lake Areas. To ensure the students’ maximum exposure to
    Chinese cultures, these tours are conducted jointly with local Chinese students.

    B. Once a week the students will also participate in culture tours to the Silk Museum,
    the Embroidery Museum and the literati gardens such as the Humble Administrators
    Garden, the Lingering Garden and the Lion Grove Garden.
Program Overview - continued
   IV. Chinese Cultural Topics
    Evenings at Rayhua can be lively, with activities such as Chinese cooking classes to
    introduce students to the Chinese food and dining culture, Chinese fashion show to
    demonstrate the history of traditional Chinese costumes, and performances of
    Chinese opera or the Suzhou-style music/story-telling.

   V. Contests and Activities
    To encourage the cultural and language exchange between the international students
    and the local students, Rayhua will also host special events and contests, such as
    Drama Contest, Sports Competitions, etc.

   VI. Community Service
    Service to others is a virtue that should be carried out wherever one goes. At
    Rayhua students will be provided with opportunities to serve as English tutors, sports
    coaches or in other capacities as needed by the school, the local students, and the
    neighborhood. Service hours can be recognized by the Christian Service Program at
   Airfare: around $1000
    San Francisco ---- Shanghai Pudong International Airport:
    Participants can arrange air travel together through a travel agency, or purchase
    tickets on their own. It would be preferred if students can arrange to arrive on the
    same day.

    Airport transfers: Shanghai Pudong Airport ---- Suzhou Rayhua Academy:
    Rayhua Academy will provide airport transfers between the Shanghai Pudong
    International Airport and the Rayhua Academy at no extra cost to the students.

   Tuition and fees:
    The tuition and fees for studying at Rayhua will be $220 per week, which includes full
    room and board, class materials, all local transportations, program-sponsored field
    trips and tours.

   Travel extension: add about $500-800
    One week travel extension (June 23-28) to Beijing and Xi’an is available at extra cost.
Safety and Medical Care
   Chaperon: This trip is not sponsored by Bellarmine; therefore Bellarmine does not
    provide chaperons at any time. Once students arrive in Shanghai, they will be
    chaperoned by the faculty from Rayhua Academy, which is a fully insured and
    accredited institution.

   While common-sense precautions should be exercised at all time, China is a relatively
    safe place to travel and stay. This is particularly true at Rayhua. The campus is
    enclosed and has 24 hour security guards on campus and at each entrance.

   There will be safety boxes for students to safeguard their travel documents and

   Students should provide their own medical insurance should there be a medical
    emergency which requires medical attention at local hospitals. Minor injuries can be
    treated by nurses on campus.

   Students with special medical needs or history of allergies should provide
    documentations to the Rayhua administration upon arrival. They are also advised to
    bring necessary medication with them.

   While tab water in China is safe to drink, Rayhua also provides bottled water to
    students daily.
Registration and Communication
   Students who wish to participate in the Rayhua Academy Summer Chinese Program
    should submit their application forms to Ms. Xu no later than April 15th.

   Disclaimer: The Rayhua Academy Summer Chinese Language & Culture program is
    not a Bellarmine-sponsored program, therefore Bellarmine College Preparatory does
    not assume any responsibilities related to this program. All agreements to the
    program will be made between the Rayhua Bilingual Academy and the participants.

   Considering the fact that most participants of the program will be from the Mandarin
    classes at Bellarmine College Prep, Ms. Lanting Xu, the Mandarin Teacher at
    Bellarmine would help facilitate the communications between the participants and the
    Rayhua Academy and coordinate the travel arrangements and special needs of the
    students and families. This by no means imply that the teacher can be held liable
    should the participants encounter difficulties or problems while studying at the
    Rayhua Bilingual Academy.

   Contact information at Rayhua:
    Program Coordinator: Ms. Teresa Yang
    Tel: +86-512-6636-5762, 6636-1588,+86-133-8214-3289 (Tel & Fax)
    Location: #99 Fengjiang Road, Mudu, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China

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