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All About Tomb Sweeping Day
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Tomb Sweeping Day (清明节, qīngmíng jié) is a Chinese holiday that has been celebrated in China for centuries. The day is meant to commemorate and pay respect to a person’s ancestors. Thus, on Tomb Sweeping Day, families visit and clean the gravesite of their ancestors to show their respect.

In addition to visiting cemeteries, people also go for walks in the countryside, plant willows, and fly kites. Those who cannot travel back to their ancestors’ gravesites may opt to pay their respects at martyrs parks to pay homage to revolutionary martyrs.

When Is Tomb Sweeping Day?

Tomb Sweeping Day is held 107 days after the start of winter and is celebrated on April 4 or April 5, depending on the lunar calendar.

Origins

Tomb Sweeping Day is based on the Hanshi Festival (寒食节, hánshií jié), which is also known as the Cold Food Festival and Smoke-Banning Festival. While the Hanshi Festival is no longer celebrated today, it has gradually been absorbed into Tomb Sweeping Day festivities.

The Hanshi Festival commemorated Jie Zitui (介子推), a loyal court official from the Spring and Autumn Period. Jie was a loyal minister to Chong Er. During a civil war, Prince Chong Er and Jie fled and were in exile for 19 years. According to legend, Jie was so loyal during the duo’s exile that he even made broth out of the flesh of his leg to feed the prince when they were short of food. When Chong Er later became king, he rewarded those who helped him when times were tough; however, he overlooked Jie.

Many advised Jie to remind Chong Er that he, too, should be repaid for his loyalty. Instead, Jie packed his bags and relocated to the mountainside. When Chong Er discovered his oversight, he was ashamed. He went to look for Jie in the mountains. The conditions were harsh and he was unable to find Jie. Someone suggested that Chong Er set fire to the forest to force Jie out. After the king set fire to the forest, Jie didn’t appear.

When the fire was extinguished, Jie was found dead with his mother on his back. He was under a willow tree and a letter written in blood was found in a hole in the tree. The letter read:

Giving meat and heart to my lord, hoping my lord will always be upright. An invisible ghost under a willow Is better than a loyal minister beside my lord. If my lord has a place in his heart for me, please make self-reflection when remembering me. I have a clear conscious in the nether world, being pure and bright in my offices year after year.

To commemorate Jie’s death, Chong Er created the Hanshi Festival and ordered that no fire could be set on this day. Meaning, only cold food could be eaten. One year later, Chong Er went back to the willow tree to hold a memorial ceremony and found the willow tree in bloom again. The willow was named ‘Pure Bright White’ and the Hanshi Festival became known as ‘Pure Brightness Festival.’ Pure Brightness is a fitting name for the festival because the weather is usually bright and clear in early April.

How Is Tomb Sweeping Day Celebrated?

Tomb Sweeping Day is celebrated with families reuniting and traveling to their ancestors’ gravesites to pay their respects. First, weeds are removed from the gravesite and the tombstone is cleaned and swept. Any necessary repairs to the gravesite are also made. New earth is added and willow branches are placed atop the gravesite.

Next, joss sticks are placed by the grave. The sticks are then lit and an offering of food and paper money is placed at the tomb. Joss paper money is burned while family members show their respect by bowing to their ancestors. Fresh flowers are placed at the tomb and some families also plant willow trees. In ancient times, five-colored paper was placed underneath a stone on the grave to signify that someone had visited the grave and that it had not been abandoned.

The Chinese joss paper “spirit money” known as Hell Bank Notes are commonly used in all manner of contemporary ancestor ceremonies. The most traditional notes bear the seal of the afterlife’s “Bank of Heaven and Earth,” while others are printed to resemble legal tender currency from various countries. Bills feature an image of the Jade Emperor, the Taoist monarch of heaven, and come in outrageous denominations from 10,000 to 1,000,000,000 dollars to help an ancestor purchase services, pay off the God of Death or escape punishment. Here are a few popular designs.

As cremation is gaining popularity, families continue the tradition by making offerings at ancestral altars or by placing wreaths and flowers at martyrs’ shrines. Due to hectic work schedules and the long distance some families must travel, some families opt to mark the festival earlier or later in April over a long weekend or assign a few family members to make the trip on behalf of the entire family.

Once the family has paid their respects at the gravesite, some families will have a picnic at the gravesite. Then, they take advantage of the usually good weather to take a walk in the countryside, known as 踏青 (tà qīng), hence another name for the festival — Taqing Festival.

Some people wear a willow twig on their heads to keep ghosts away. Another custom includes picking shepherd’s purse flower. Women also pick herbs and make dumplings with them and they also wear the shepherd’s purse flower in their hair.

Other traditional activities on Tomb Sweeping Day include playing tug-of-war and swinging on swings. It is also a good time for sowing and other agricultural activities, including planting willow trees.

Hangzhou

In Hangzhou, major activities for celebrating Tomb Sweeping Day Festival include sweeping tombs and going on spring outings. During the Festival each year millions people offer sacrifices to their ancestors and sweep their family tombs. Cemeteries are becoming more popular as a result of reform and China's opening to the world. This is particularly so in the areas outside Hangzhou, such as Suzhou and Jiaxing. Each year, more than a million people stream to these places, spawning traffic jams.

During the Festival it has become fashionable to blend brome grass juice with the flours of glutinous rice, and then to make them into pastes. The pastes are rolled into pieces of wrappers and stuffed with sweet bean paste and jujube paste. The stuffed pastes are put into a steamer, the bottom of which is covered with reed leaves. The freshly steamed pastes are green, bright and attractive with an appealing aroma. This kind of paste is the most unique local snack of the Festival. The local people also have a penchant for porridge cooked with peach blossom petals. Fish, whether for offering sacrifices or for a family banquets is usually saury. Local people consider the green pastes to be an indispensable sacrifice to their ancestors.     

Qingming Vocabulary

fénmù 坟墓= tomb / grave

mùdì 墓地 = cemetery (which sounds exactly like mùdì 目的 = “goal”)

sǎomù 扫墓 = to sweep tombs

bài zǔxiān 拜祖先 = to pay respects to ancestors

shāo xiāng 烧香 = to burn incense

shāo zhū 烧猪 = roast pig

gānzhè 甘蔗 = sugar cane

fàng biānpào 放鞭炮 = set off firecrackers 

qīng míng tuán 清明团 = green rice ball

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Suzhou, China - September 27 to 29, 2019 - W Suzhou keeps it up with its DETOX, RETOX, REPEAT lifestyle by providing fashion design workshop, live runway show, DJ line up, Sunrise Yoga, fuel your glow workshop @ AWAYSPA and more! With never boring activities and never enough energy, W Suzhou owns the moment for its 2-Gether gathering!

Hang out with Chicco Mao & Chloe Zhao! In afternoon of September 27th, award-winning fashion designer CHICCO MAO and actress Chloe Zhao show up in the EWOW suite of W Suzhou and came to impress! Chicco shared his unique fashion insights and his exclusive collection for guests to try on. Chloe amazed with her beauty secrets and fitness tips, guaranteed to make you dress to kill!

WOOBAR featured a fashion show by designer brands including CHICCO MAO, 1=X, Bronze Lucia, KP and makeup team Z-ONE. The customized "Like Elephant" collection was introduced by 1 = X to raise awareness of environmental protection in the fashion industry and invited Yuntian Zhu & Yunyi Zhu as project ambassadors. 1=X uses 3D transparent resin printing technology and seaweed bio-fibre clothing, calling for protection of elephant ivory. The ingeniously designed KING PING shoes brought high fashion to action, immerging footwear with art and culture inspiration. Last but not least, young fashion brand Bronze Lucia presented cross-gender styling ideas with its characteristic design, showcasing their concept of fashion beyond limits.

Sunrise Yoga with LULULEMON in W Suzhou Studio Garden was a hit! A detox and re-boost with morning workout and healthy juice provided by FRESH BROS. Appetites amplified at the lunch safari with an experience of 3 of W Suzhou restaurants (TORO LOCO+SU YAN+THE KITCHEN TABLE) and WOOBAR. Fuel your glow session at our AWAYSPA workshop; Unleash a retro side during the DJ class with W Suzhou music curator DJ Gin and ace the Mixology class with W Suzhou star mixologist Vlad.

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Take a Quick Tour with Us!

Take a Tour at Sam's Club with Us!

Happy National Holiday, everyone!

We're pretty sure you all had a grand time celebrating this golden week with family and friends - cruising to faraway exotic vacation spots, dipping your toes into that fine white sand,  tasting good food, and finally catching up on some of the items in your bucket list.

With this long time off, we decided to take a quick tour at Sam's Club at Puxi to check out the latest happenings with our friends!

Whole rotisserie chicken gets sold 3,000+ a day!

At Sam's Club, where millions of meals were eaten, the catering area is particularly popular with its members. Many customers make it a point to go straight to the roasted food section to grab the famous rotisserie chicken!

This particular chicken gets sold more than 3,000+ a day during peak season and is a must-buy for Sam's Club shoppers.

Why? For 1.5 kg of chicken, you can already buy this at less than ¥40!

Also, only Tyson chickens, known leaders in the poultry industry as processors of live poultry from their origins, were selected. A private secret recipe was used for the marination of these chickens before being transported directly to Sam's Club stores for roasting. Sam's back kitchen is equipped with a German imported oven, which strictly controls the oven temperature and roasting time to ensure that each chicken has the same excellent taste.

Member's Mark
Whole Rotisserie Chicken

¥39.8/ 1.5 kg.

Yummy Aussie beef up for grabs!

Sam's Club also prides itself with the beef it puts into the shelves - particularly the Australian beef kind. Only cereals were used to feed Australian "aboriginal cattle" for 100 days, growing in lush aquatic areas and equipped with professional dietitians from an early age.

Here at Sam's Club, beef from different parts are available to satisfy everyone's appetite, and they are pretty affordable too! Customers usually just spend less than ¥50 a piece with an average of 3 pieces in a box.

But the fun does not end there! You can taste these on the spot too, right after they are cooked in front of you!

Professional chefs randomly select steaks on the shelves, cook them on the spot and slice them into individual pieces for unlimited tasting. To highlight the advantages of steak, only salt and pepper are added in the cooking process, which does not hide the strong flavor of the beef itself, and the ripeness can also feel the temptation of popping juice.

When the steak is split, the fat part is especially removed so that every guest can have the best part.

Go ahead and line up to find out yourself how good Sam's Club beef is!

True Aussie Beef
*Price subjective to weight

Seafood is gaining popularity!
We also found more interesting things too at Sam's Club - particularly the seafood! There are a variety of cod fillets, salmon and sablefish steaks available for purchase. Here's a little trivia though - Sam's Club does not sell live seafood, but they have frozen seafood available. This assures its customers that all displayed seafood are safe to eat as the quality of the food is better controlled when frozen.

Just looking at that colorful, high-quality fish fillets makes us crave a tasty fish and chips dinner! Yum!

Member's Mark
Salmon

¥158.6 / 600g.

Member's Mark
Frozen Pangasius Fillet

¥47.8 / 1.2kg.

12 Day Eggs!?
Another interesting find in Sam's Club is its eggs! Compare to normal eggs with a shelf life for 30 days, none of Sam's Club eggs can stay on its shelves for more than 12 days in order to keep them fresh for you. All eggs are tested already for salmonella and are marked with its "birthdate." All eggs that are past 12 days from its birthdate are taken off and discarded.

This totally takes freshness to a different level indeed.

Member's Mark
Fresh Eggs

All eggs are sterilized and source-traceable.
¥29.8 / 1.5kg.

FINALLY, Fresh Produce!
What is a supermarket without fresh fruits and a very efficient way to maintain them? Sam's Club actually has pre-installed coolers in their Produce Walk-In area to keep these fresh for its customers! Talk about cool!

No wonder these cherries, bananas, and kiwis are looking so fresh, despite coming from faraway countries like Australia and the Philippines! All ready for us to take them home!

Dole Banana
¥19.9 / 1.4kg.

Member's Mark
Cherries

¥299 / 2kg.

Zespri Jumbo Sungold Kiwifruit
¥199 / 3kg.

Wow! That ends our quick trip to Sam's Club this National Holiday, pretty much excited with the fresh high-quality meat and produce we were able to take us home to try out! Certainly, this won't be the last!

We hope to catch you at Sam's Club soon!

To Make Your Life Easier with High-Quality Products!

Sam's Club takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system where product quality is preserved and controlled from its suppliers to its shelves, prioritizing food safety as much as you do at a great value.

Sam’s quality assurance standard for fresh fruits and vegetables strictly regulates the weight, color and appearance and the level of pesticide residues goods. Different temperature control and regular check towards different products are strictly conducted. Advanced frozen at sea technique and transports with entire cold chain equipment to eliminate food concerns and ensure food freshness and quality are also utilized.

Sam’s Club aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price, only for its valued members.

Sam’s Club provides an English App for you with same-day delivery and next day delivery service to your home or even to your work office. We have also fulfilled a 1-hour delivery service in most parts of our club cities for you to enjoy a quality and hassle-free life in China.

We ensure you that life is better in the club.

What is Sam's Club?
Sam's Club is a high-end member-only store with a history of over 30 years, over 800 clubs, and 50 million members worldwide. Sam's takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system, where product quality is controlled precisely from its suppliers to its shelves. Sam's aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price.

What is Member’s Mark?
Sam’s Club offers over 600 types of high-quality products at competitive prices through its private brand – Member’s Mark. Sam’s suppliers are of the highest caliber and they strictly follow product specifications during production to maintain product quality and integrity.

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During the Golden Week Holiday, a group of students from grades 7-12 traveled to Spain to return with their minds and hearts filled with life-long memories, friendships and more importantly with the experience of having traveled to Europe, for the first time, for many of them.

Through the week the students took Spanish language lessons, tailored to their level and needs every morning, and during the afternoon they ventured out to explore the best of Madrid.

The visits included the impressive Royal Palace, where they learned how royalty lived; the Reina Sofia art center, home of "El Guernica", Picasso's masterpiece; and a day trip visit to picturesque Toledo.

During the trip, they also enjoyed different cultural experiences, including a wonderful Flamenco dance evening, and two Real Madrid soccer matches.

As they stayed at a local student residence, the students got a taste for college living and enjoyed delicious Spanish home-made food!

At HIS we believe in providing opportunities for students to gain understanding and experiences that link their learning to reality, and it was great to see how the students were able to put their language skills into practice, making historic and cultural connections to what they were seeing and experiencing directly.

Special thanks to the parents who trusted us and supported this trip, to the chaperones, and the accompanying parents for being such great companions.

Once a Dragon, always a Dragon!

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HIS Parent Coffee Mornings

We welcome parents to join us each Thursday at 8:15 am. to review topics that will help introduce and solidify knowledge of what's taking place in classrooms and how we support our students. Next week topic: Understanding NWEA tests and Assessment at HIS.

University Visits

HIS receives representatives from Universities around the world that hold informative sessions to students and parents, feel free to join or contact our College Counselor, Ms. Rachel Pekin: rpekin@his-china.org

Swim Meet Schedule

Parents and swimmers are asked to view the swim team page on the HIS website for details regarding upcoming competitions.

October 19 & 20: SCIS Invitational at Shanghai Community International School, Hongqiao Campus.
October 26: HISAC Meet at Hangzhou.

Parent-Teacher Conferences – October 22 (no classes for students)

Family Reading Night – October 24 from 5:30 – 7PM.


Families will have the opportunity to rotate through to different locations and will hear 3-4 books throughout the course of the evening in languages of their choice.

If you are interested in participating as a guest reader, please scan the QR code and fill out a brief survey so I can be in touch with you. We would love to have a good mix of staff members from upper school, lower school, the language/SS departments, etc.

If you are interested in joining these excursions, email Mr. Sanchez at asanchez@his-china.org We are already looking forward to other travel opportunities for our students to discover, learn, and experience the world!

Admissions for 2020 Now Open at Wellington

The 2020 admissions season is now open at Wellington College International Hangzhou. To learn more about what makes a Wellington education unique, read on below then register for one of their upcoming Parent Information Sessions.

T I M E
9am to 11am, Tuesday, October 15th
9am to 11am, Tuesday, November 5th
9am to 11am, Tuesday, December 3rd
9am to 11am, Tuesday, December 17th

V E N U E
Wellington College International Hangzhou
杭州惠灵顿外籍人员子女学校
2399 Xuezhi Road, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou
杭州市萧山区宁围街道学知路2399号

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A Wellington education truly kicks off in Pre-Prep, as our pupils join Year 1. Read below to learn more about our Pre-Prep curriculum.

As our Wellingtonians prepare to move into Senior School, they embark of the challenging yet rewarding Key Stage 3. Read below to learn about the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

Joining Wellington is a rewarding experience for both children and parents alike. A year round range of community events ensures that the entire Wellington community works together to build an inclusive and caring environment for our children. Check out some of the community events below.

If you would like to join this close-knit International community, don’t miss the Parent Info Sessions Wellington College International Hangzhou will be hosting in the coming three months. It is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Wellington College, and to experience first-hand what makes Wellington unique.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9-11am:
Pre-Prep & Prep (Years 1-6, ages 5 to 10 years old)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9-11am:
Upper Prep (Year 7-9, ages 11 to 13 years old)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 9-11am:
Year 10 (Year 7 and above welcome to join)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 9-11am:
Year 10 (Year 7 and above welcome to join)

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Wellington College has gained a strong reputation around the world as an educational leader, providing a progressive and exciting academic programme that is supported by strong traditions developed throughout its 160 year history. This continues at Wellington College International Hangzhou, where pupils are supported by world-class teachers, state-of-the-art facilities and an environment that promotes a highly individual education, ensuring that all Wellingtonians fulfil their potential and are given every opportunity for success. Wellington believes in a holistic education that develops well-rounded children, and that means they provide a wide range of both academic and extra-curricular activities.

In addition to this, Wellington College International Hangzhou offers a wide range of community activities throughout the year, where parents have an opportunity to engage with the school and help make the environment more inclusive and caring for the children.

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Park Hyatt Hangzhou Presents Taste of Nature

Taste of Nature - Masters of Food & Wine at Park Hyatt Hangzhou has ended on the 19th. Mr. Zhang Shaohua, Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Ningbo presented the guests a vegan feast, it truly delivered the concept of from garden to table.

The Masters of Food & Wine dinner was held on September 18th & 19th, there were 28 guests joined the event each night.

The Source - The concept of “Taste of Nature” comes from Mr. Peter Zhou, General Manager of Park Hyatt Hangzhou, and Mr. Zhang Shaohua, Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Ningbo, they aim to promote the concept of return to nature, return to a healthy lifestyle.

The Garden - The" Taste of Nature" dinner selected a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden to make them into the beautiful wine and food, the guests can feel the pastoral, the natural atmosphere, and enjoy the multiple relaxations of body and mind at the dinner.

The Original - Mr. Zhang Shaohua is very good at healthy cooking methods by using less oil and less salt, it shows the original taste of the food itself. At the same time, Mr. Zhang presented the exquisite dishes and retained their original taste, it all comes from years of cooking experience and the observation from life.

The entire dinner venue was carried out the theme of “Taste of Nature”. Carefully laid wheat fields, wheat bran, wine jars, wooden carts, and “hang” performance added more colours to the night. Park Hyatt Hangzhou always pays attention to the details, the guests feel like being in the wheat waves, feeling the joy of harvest in the golden autumn season, and the joy of returning to nature.

Eight Dishes showed Chef Zhang’s outstanding creative skills.
Five-Flavored Vegetarian Platter
Crystal Wax Gourd and Termite Mushroom Soup
Black Truffle with Homemade Tofu, Yam, Slow Fire Roasted Pumpkin
Black Garlic Fried with Lotus and Purple Potato
Fenghua Taro, Matsutake, Mini Carrot, Pickled Vegetable Juice Foam
Grilled Morel with Fresh Asparagus and Sesame Sauce
Longjing Tea Boiled Millet Porridge with Yellow Fungus, Peanut Milk, and Black Sesame
Fresh Fruits & Jelly in Ice Ball

The eight dishes were accompanied by homemade wine, yellow wine from 2007, and the night was perfectly ended with Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2005.

Masters of Food & Wine is an event where different enograstronomic experiences are brought together in the hands of renowned chefs and expert sommeliers from all over the world. No two Masters of Food & Wine events are alike! A dinner for 20 people or an Open House event for 800 people may have the same name but each of them has a unique personality that makes them different.

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