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Tang Ye

Tang Ye Parent Tang Ye is the Investment Director of Global Institute for Innovation Management. Se enjoys traveling and is interested in culture and art of different countries and cities. She hopes to experience the Finnish lifestyle and is interested in the finnish education system.

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March 13th 2010

Today, me and my husband went to an art museum in Helsinki.  The exhibition showed the development in industrial design.  Finland has the title of Design Capital 2012!  Finnish design is famous for being simple and classic.

Helsinki is an amazing city and our trip ends here.  I think we will come back sooner or later.

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March 12th 2010

Today we went to Tallinn, Estonia.  Tallinn is a city located in the south of The Baltic Sea.  It was astonishing to hear that this little town has 800 years of history.  I liked the old-fashion architechtural style.

We left Tallinn at 9 P.M. and arrived in Helsinki around 11 o’clock.  I felt sad realizing that it was my last whole day in Helsinki.

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March 11th 2010

We didn’t have anything special planned for today so we took a walk in Sibelius Park.  The lake was frozen and covered by all the white snow.  We went to a red cottage for hot coffee and enjoyed the gorgeous view of winter in Helsinki.

There were some nice wooden houses in Töölönranta and we took many pictures there.  After that we went to The Finnish National Museum where there was an exhibition about the development in the history of Finnish people.  In the afternoon, me and my husband went to a pizzeria. My husband told me he was proud of me for going out on my own, even though I don’t speak good english.  I think the reason I feel comfortable doing it is because I feel safe in this community.

We went to an ice hockey game in the evening.  It was the first time I had ever seen so many Finnish people gathered together and we could see that ice hockey was a very popular sport in Finland.

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March 10th 2010

Today we visited Laurea University of Applied Sciences.  I was very glad to meet a Chinese student who was studying there.  She told me students in Finland have the oppourtunity to arrange their studies based on their interests and future career plans.

After we left Laurea we visited Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu which is one of the best schools in Helsinki.  After talking with the vice principal Jukka Niiranen, I got the feeling that it is a way to success if you get into the school.

In the evening we were invited to a church.  Sitting in the peaceful church, enjoying “music from heaven”, it could be one of the most wonderful things in life.

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March 9th 2010

Today we visited Meilahti Primary and Secondary School.  It is the only elementary school in Helsinki that offers courses in Chinese.  The teacher told me students are put in different classes based on an entrance exam, which I thought was smart.  I was also amazed to see that the school offers sewing class, cooking class and all kinds of real-life based classes.

Bilingual instruction in Finnish and Chinese started at Meilahti primary school in the autumn of 2008.  The bilingual Finnish-Chinese instruction will follow the Finnish comprehensive school curriculum.  The objective is functional bilingualism which is supported by providing teaching of both the Finnish language and Mandarin Chinese.  Various subjects will also be taught in both Finnish (by Finnish teachers) and in Chinese (by Chinese teachers).

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March 8th 2010

Me and my husband got up very early this morning since he wanted to read his documents and I didn’t want to waste a single minute in this amazing city.  It was unbelievably quiet, peaceful and pleasant in the morning, walking along the path, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the scenery.

Henrika and Ms Yang took me to the student union of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.  After the introduction and discussion, I was surprised on how much effort Finland has put into its education system.  A freshman tutoring program will be provided to every student for free, even to all of the international ones!  Finland is a country that enjoys such a high level of education.

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March 7th 2010

Me and my husband went sightseeing today.  Our first stop was Suomenlinna.  You can’t imagine how gorgeous it was, sunshine with pure white snow.  We also went to Temple Church later that day.  Both of us loved our tour and we took so many photos that both of our cameras went off batteries.

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March 6th 2010

At Helsinki-Vantaa Airport we were welcomed by a very pretty and nice Finnish girl called Henrika Ignatius.  I was not nervous about my poor English skills after seeing her super sweet smile.

Henrika led us to The GLO Hotel and helped us with the check-in.  Me and my husband walked around the center after a short rest at the hotel, which is located in the heart of Helsinki.

I like the style of traditional European architecture in Helsinki, and because of its simplicity I feel that its pleasant.  My husband told me Helsinki is a city in the forest, and with all the nature around it doesn’t need any artificial decorations.  It is very different from Shenzhen where I haven’t seen a many trees in the center.  To make up for the trees we have gardening design in the city center.

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March 5th 2010

Me and my husband and set off from Hong Kong International Airport today.  We were the only passengers on the shuttle from Shenzhen City to Hong Kong.  We landed to Munich Airport and then transferred to Helsinki.  We arrived in Helsinki after two hours delay due to the heavy snow in Munich.

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Pia Näsman-Hao Teacher and co-ordinator of Finnish-Chinese bilingual program, Meilahti Primary and Secondary School Pia Näsman-Hao
Pia Näsman-Hao works at the moment in Meilahti Primary and Secondary school as a teacher and co-ordinator of bilingual Finnish-Chinese Program that started in the autumn of 2008. Pia is really enthusiastic about developing this program that provides teaching of both the Finnish language and Mandarin Chinese. Various subjects are also taught in both Finnish (by Finnish teachers) and in Chinese (by Chinese teachers). Pia is a primary school teacher and she has studied Chinese in both Helsinki University and Beijing University. Now in Meilahti she is teaching Chinese as a foreign language for Finnish children and science and history in Finnish for Chinese speaking children.