Tag Archives: China

Travel Birthdays – without leaving home!

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Why have a Disney party or a shark party when you can have a party that travels?  Get your kids excited about a trip you’re about to take, share a trip you’ve recently taken, or enjoy a virtual trip that’s not likely to be in your budget for awhile.  Our last party was simply an “International Party” – gelato, International children’s films, henna tattoos, and an Austrian breakfast complete with little individual jars of jam and home-made egg cups.

The children’s internal film festival cd was from  the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.  The shorts were fun because they allowed so much more interaction between kids than one long movie.

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Overnight trip to “China”

Richmond B.C., a simple suburb of Vancouver, is more than just another Chinatown.  Just 25 mi above the Canadian border, rumor has it that Richmond boasts the largest concentration of Chinese outside of China.  In 2006, the population was 45% Chinese (and 10% Scottish which I find surprising) and this population segment was growing rapidly (up 21% from 2001) (http://www.richmond.ca/discover/demographics.htm).  Now, understand, that Richmond is a fairly large city and there are large areas with few Chinese.  So, in the core of the shopping district, a.k.a. the Golden Village, a population of 45% Chinese overall can appear more like, well, 100%.  In fact, on our first trip, we arrived late and wandered into a mall to find food.  No one spoke a word of English.  It was as if our 2.5-hr car drive had been a 15-hr plane flight.  We ordered by pointing, smiling, and Read more »