Sometimes the most interesting things you learn about a country can come from the youngest people. After playing our nightly badminton game, my little sister Chen Chen let me ask her about what being a kid is like in China. I think you will find that it can be very different from kids in New York City, but also you might find quite a few similarities. Now, I will let Chen Chen tell her story. She may even have a few questions for you all at the end.
For breakfast, my Mom always prepares some hot nai (milk) to go along with some sweet bread and a banana. For lunch, we often have noodles and see who at the table can "slurp" them up the loudest. I always win of course. Then, for wanfan (dinner), my family usually likes to go out to eat at a nearby hotpot restaurant. You are given a giant pot of hot water with spice, then about 10 side dishes you can put inside of chicken, lamb and vegetables. Then, you just wait for them to cook and you can feast!
I live in an apartment with my Mom and Dad on the 17th floor with a living room and my own very pink bedroom. The apartment is spacious and has a beautiful view out my large bedroom window.
Everyday before I leave for school I need to make my bed and da sao (clean) my room. Also, after dinner, I like to help my dad wash the dishes. I'm not allowed to go outside and play until we've finished.