PUPILS from Barrhill Primary School were transported from Ayrshire to Asia last week as they visited China Moon restaurant in Girvan for a taste of all things Chinese.
The primary 1-7 children had been learning about China as their school’s latest focus week topic, and had already had an introduction to the culture, history and people of the Central Asian country. On their visit to the Montgomerie Street restaurant on Monday October 8 they received a talk from proprietor Ya Ming Wang - as well as some tasty Chinese cuisine - and took away gifts of traditional Chinese money envelopes, chop sticks, and fortune cookies.
And with China growing ever more globally significant - it is currently the world’s most populated country and became the second largest economy in 2011 - Ya Ming said it is very important subject for young people to study.
“In the future children may be looking to go to university in China, or else their family may be going to China on holiday and now they will know things about it that they can teach them,” she said.
“Children pick things up very fast; this age is so important. My daughter is only four and she speaks both English and Chinese. When you get older it is not so easy,” she added.
A former nursery school teacher from the southern Chinese province of Fuqing who moved to Girvan five years ago, Ya Ming said she had been hoping this kind of opportunity would come up. I really enjoyed it,“ she said. “It is good to get the chance to join people together from different cultures.”
Barrhill Primary School acting headteacher, Liz Candlish, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the China Moon for inviting us and for their overwhelming generosity. Everyone had a fabulous time.”