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Mandarin students hit Pacific Mall to celebrate new year

Mandarin students from Branksome Hall, Havergal College and Upper Canada College, and members of the UCC Mandarin Club, celebrated the first day of the Chinese New Year at the Pacific Mall in Markham on Monday, Feb. 8.

As a crew of 87 people, we had the restaurant for ourselves. This means that we monopolized the Karaoke system, singing a lot of Chinese songs while haBrandon Li & Langdon Kay Charles Deng & Simon Guo Charles Deng, Valentine Liu, Julian Zhao & Charlie Yangving authentic Shanghai cuisine. After our Dim Sum feast, we divided into different groups and participated in a challenging scavenger hunt searching for specific items in the mall. Each member of the winning team won a lucky cat, symbolizing good luck and fortune. For students, that might mean good marks, in the new year.

We also had the opportunity to go shopping and attend a traditional culture show organized by the mall, where we enjoyed the singing and dragon dance. Overall, it was a successful event and we really had a good time. Thanks to Ms. Jane Li for organizing the field trip and to Mme. Mary Gauthier for accompanying us.

Yizhou Yu (IB2) and Victor Pang (IB1)