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Students who celebrate the Lunar New Year gathered in Hathaway House on this unusually warm February day to make dumplings, play games and spend time with one another. Joining them were the nine students and their chaperone who arrived from Shanghai, China last week as part of Milton’s new China exchange program. The students attend the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University and are staying with student host families for their two-week visit.

This exchange program was organized by Shimin Zhou, a modern languages faculty member. So far on their visit, the students have visited Boston sites such as the JFK Presidential Library, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Faneuil Hall. They also toured the campuses of Boston College and Harvard, had lunch at Mr. Bland’s home and spent time attending classes with their student hosts.

In late May, nine Milton students will travel to Shanghai and shadow their counterparts during their classes and school activities, attend a variety of cultural events and explore the exciting historical and cultural sites in the vicinity of Shanghai. During the third week, students will travel to Xi’an to see the the Terracotta Army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and to Beijing to visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Both Ms. Zhou and faculty member Xiaolu Shi will accompany the students on the trip.