In July 2018, ten students and two staff had the experience of a lifetime when they travelled to China for a seven-day tour. The trip was offered as part of our annual Enrichment Week, when all lower sixth are invited to take part in a wide variety of activities and trips to complement their studies, enhance their employability skills, and provide them with fantastic new experiences.
After flying to Beijing, our students were excited to visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. On their second day, they walked a section of the Great Wall and then tobogganed down part of it, which they thoroughly enjoyed as you can see from the photo below. Day three included a picturesque walking tour, before our students travelled on to Xi’an.
There, they spent a day exploring the city and were stunned by a visit to the Terracotta Army, which includes an estimated 8000 soldiers, not to mention chariots and horses. On their fifth day, they visited the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, then took the overnight sleeper train to Shanghai.
Highlights of their two jam-packed days in Shanghai included Yu Garden, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, which – at 468 meters high – was the tallest building in China until 2007, and has an upper observation platform with a glass floor. Not for the faint hearted!
Having gained a real insight into Chinese culture, and explored such a variety of historical sites, our students had to bid farewell to Shanghai and head home. Their return journey was spent reflecting on the trip, and discussing what a fantastic time was had by all.