Geography KS3: A child led introduction to Yangshuo in Guangxi
A child led introduction to Yangshuo in the Chinese province of Guangxi. An area famous for the karst limestone peaks and limestone caves.
The town lies on the Li River and local farmers come to the market on their bamboo rafts, ferry boats, tractors and lorries to sell their citrus fruit and vegetables, which are grown abundantly in this province where the climate is hot and humid in the summer and cold, foggy and wet in the winter.
Tourism is the main business here and many visit the area to see the karst peaks and to buy the Chinese fans and silks associated with the area.
Ma Siduo is 10 years old, her mother is a teacher at her school and they travel together every morning on her Mum’s scooter. The school day starts with class reading and exercises in the playground to keep warm.
She likes to go into town with her friends to look at the silk worms, Chinese fans and to eat the local food and fruits, especially star fruit and other local delicacies like spicy tofu.
Ma Siduo loves to dance and has won many dance competitions with her friend and partner Xu Shichen. We also visit the limestone caves nearby and look at Moon Rock, a mountain with a moon shaped hole through it.
This clip is from the series In My Shoes KS3.
Can be used during a module on China or on rocks and landscapes.
Students could be asked to note down any aspect of Ma Siduo’s life that is similar or different to their own.
They could also be asked to take notes on the the Karst Limestone features found in the area.
This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd Level in Scotland.