TDSB visit to China
October 12 to 25, 2009
Trip sponsored by Qiaoban, the
Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the
State Council of The People’s Republic
of China.
In the 21st century students will be:
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Selling to the world - Buying from the world
Working for international companies
Managing employees from other countries & cultures
Competing with people on the other side of the world for
jobs and markets
• Working with people all over the world in joint ventures
and global work teams
• Solving global problems such as AIDS, environmental
problems, and resolving conflicts
Are we ready?
“In the global economy & society of the 21st century, all
children will be left behind if
their education is not organized with
a global context in mind.”
GOLDMAN SACHS FOUNDATION
MAJOR EVENTS:
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Symposium on educational opportunities for Canadian Institutions in China
at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.
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Presentation by TDSB and a speech in Chinese by Trustee Chris Bolton at
The World Conference on Chinese Language & Culture Education in
Chengdu.
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Presentation by Qiaoban of a model school award to TDSB Georges Vanier
SS International Languages School at the Conference. Georges Vanier SS
has 255 students taking Simplified Mandarin and earning credit for their
high school graduation. Its elementary division has 522 students in 24
simplified Mandarin classes JK-8.
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Visit to an inner city elementary school outside Shanghai.
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Renewal of and amendments to Memorandum of Agreement between
Department of Culture and Education, China Overseas Exchange
Association and TDSB
Friendship Hotel Beijing
Canadian Embassy Beijing
Embassy Courtyard
Conference
Conference
TDSB Delegates
Restaurant
A visit to an Inner City School
A visit to an Inner City School
A visit to an Inner City School
POPULATION COMPARISONS:
China
1.6 BILLION
India
1.2 BILLION
U.S.A.
Russia
Canada
Beijing
Chengdu
Shanghai
G.T.A.
Sichuan Province (5th largest)
Province of Ontario
340.0 million
141.0 million
33.8 million
16.0 million
12.0 million
19.0 million
2.5 million
88.0 million
13.1 million
POPULATION COMPARISONS:
The populations of Beijing, Chengdu, and
Shanghai together are 13.2 million more than the
whole country of Canada. The land mass of China
and Canada are almost the same. Beijing and
Shanghai each have more inhabitants than the
Province of Ontario.
By 2040 it is projected that India will have the
largest population in the world. Chinese are
limited to one child per family, India has no such
restriction.
AVERAGE SALARY:
3800 Yuan per month = $600/ month.
One of our guides and her husband spend
1,600 Yuan per month = $290 for food for
two and eating out.
ECONOMIC FACTS:
China is now the world’s No. 5 Consumer:
China has become the 5th largest market for
consumer spending, at $890 Billion,
following the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and
Germany. The ratio of China’s personal
consumption to GDP is only 36%, half of the
U.S. figure and two-thirds of the figures in
Europe and Japan, indicating the market still
has enormous growth potential.
ECONOMIC FACTS:
By 2020, China will become the third-largest
consumer market worldwide after the U.S. and
Japan, when consumer spending is expected to
exceed $2.5 trillion.
China became the world’s largest exporter for the
first time this year.
In 2009 China will become the world’s largest car
manufacturer, overtaking the U.S. and Germany.
AMAZING GROWTH:
BEIJING
No. of cars:
No. of bikes:
4 million
5 million
60 years ago in Beijing there were 49 cars (government cars), and 5
buses.
Immense: Toronto & New York Financial districts would fit in one
corner of Beijing Financial District. Countless Banks.
Roads enormous and modern but still all day traffic jams of cars &
bikes.
Very modern subway system and more lines planned.
Canadian Embassy located here.
National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
Traffic Congestion
Financial District
Xizhimen Transport Junction Area
Central Business District
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
in the Temple of Heaven
Tian’anmen Square
Tian’anmen Square
Tour Buses to Great Wall
Great Wall of China
Great Wall of China
AMAZING GROWTH:
CHENGDU
Chengdu is located in Sichuan Province – the 5th
largest province with 88 million inhabitants.
Millions of bicycles, mopeds and scooters.
The largest Buddha in the world.
Panda Sanctuary.
Chengdu
Largest Buddha in the World
Panda Sanctuary
Panda Sanctuary
AMAZING GROWTH:
SHANGHAI
Wall to wall high rise apartment and condo buildings.
Amazing architecture
Major traffic jams. (A 3 km. trip took 1 hour 20 min.)
Most cosmopolitan city. All luxury, high end, stores
available like Chanel, Mont Blanc, Cartier, Gucci,
Ferragamo etc. Parkson’s Department store just like Holt
Renfrew in size and goods available.
Subway expansion of 4 more lines planned. To be
completed in 2010 in time for the 2010 World Expo.
Chengdu Road
Lujianzui Finance and Trade Zone
Nanjing Road
China’s number one shopping street
The Bund – Shanghai
Lining up for The Yangtze River boat tour
Amazing Architecture
Amazing Architecture
Expo 2010 Shanghai
China National Museum
Grand Theatre
Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Stadium
Water Village
Yuyuan Marketplace
Food Stall in Market
Multi-use Development
Construction
AMAZING GROWTH:
YANGTZE DELTA AREA
Expressways criss-cross the landscape, factories
everywhere, in one town, simultaneous
construction of 30 high-rise buildings, 20 stories
high, 6 apartments per floor, that is about 3,600
apartments at one go, and since grandma and
grandpa or other family members are likely to live
in and share, perhaps 4 – 6 people per apartment.
That is about 18,000 new residents in a matter or 2
or 3 months.
Shortage of skilled trades workers.
RAILWAYS:
New high speed rail line from Shanghai to
Beijing is underway. The aim is to have it
ready for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
The MAG_LEV train from Shanghai to the
Pudong Airport operates at 431 km/hour. It
took 8 minutes to cover 55 kms.
GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS:
One child per family. Dog walking restricted to two
hours early morning and two hours early evening.
Licence fee is $150 per year.
U.S./CANADA INFLUENCE:
Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, and
MacDonalds all over.
TRADE & EXCHANGE
OPPORTUNITIES BOUNDLESS:
MANDARIN CLASSES offered at 67 schools
including: Keele St. P.S., Harbord C.I.,
Central Commerce, George Vanier
Secondary School, and Rosedale Heights.
ANY INTEREST IN MANDARIN CLASSES
IN THE WARD FOR PARENTS AND
STUDENTS?
Shanghai Airport
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TDSB visits China