Trip to China

China is a unique place that looks to the future while embracing its past. A comprehensive educational tour was organised for over 30 students and teachers lasting 11 days staying

China is a unique place that looks to the future while embracing its past. A comprehensive educational tour was organised for over 30 students and teachers lasting 11 days staying in quality hotels and savouring Chinese food. The students and teachers visited the best of China and were accompanied by an English speaking Chinese national guide. Below are just some of the highlights of the tour.

 

The students and teachers attended a class and met fellow students and teachers at a Chinese school.

 

The group climbed the renowned Great Wall in Beijing, one of the eight wonders of the world. This immense wall is some 3,800 miles long and was built to keep out invaders.

 

An ancient imperial capital and eastern departure point of the Silk Road, Xi’an (formerly Chang’an) has long been an important crossroads for people from throughout China, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and thus a hub of diverse ethnic identities and religious beliefs. Students discovered the immense history of the city by visiting and learning about these departure points. An unforgettable excursion was also planned to the remarkable underground ruins near Xi'an, to see the Terracotta Army. The group viewed archaeologists at work excavating the huge tomb of first Emperor Qin, builder of the Great Wall.

 

Visiting the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was an exciting experience for the students. Even though the pandas look cute and cuddly, they are built for the cold, rainy temperatures that can occur in rural China. Their fur is coarse, instead of soft, to keep them clean and warm. Students and teachers touched some baby giant pandas and red pandas – they were not deterred by the straw feel of the fur at all and enjoyed taking photos with them.

 

One cannot visit China without visiting the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Lujiazui Area of Shanghai. A distinctive landmark, built in 1991, this symbol of Shanghai still dazzles tourists day and night. The students and teachers awed at standing on the glass-bottomed sightseeing floor at 259 meters in one of the viewing platforms.

 

Contrary to their preconceptions, the students and teachers were impressed by how developed and clean China is. Even in in second tier cities, the streets were spotless, which totally changed the students thinking about China.

After the trip, many students wanted to know more about China and start to learn the Chinese language. The trip was no doubt a once a life time opportunity for them to learn about a new culture.