An Oriental Odyssey

A memorable trip to China

On Friday 21st Oct, after a long wait with anticipation and excitement building, 15 students accompanied by Mrs Jolly and Miss Incerti headed to China for a week long adventure. Mrs Jolly’s write up explains how they got on:

Upon arriving in Beijing, we were welcomed with good weather and a traditional Chinese banquet. After a night recovering from the journey, we set off to see the cultural highlights of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. The day was rounded off with a spectacular acrobatic show before yet another banquet. The following day we journeyed to the most breath-taking section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which dates back to the mid-6th century. The pupils were amazed at how hilly this section is and walking up and down the vertiginous steps proved to be fun yet challenging, although the highlight was definitely riding the toboggan down from the Great Wall. What an experience! The day was topped off by a visit to the infamous night market, where some more unusual delicacies were tasted.

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On our final day in Beijing, we visited a local High School where we participated in their daily exercises and joined in their Art and English lessons. It was such a wonderful atmosphere and many friends were made, in fact our pupils did not want to leave!

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Then it was off to Shanghai.

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Our students immediately noticed that Shanghai is more modern, metropolitan and when we were there, far wetter! Our schedule had to change to accommodate the almost British weather, but it did not dampen any spirits! During the three days in Shanghai, we visited museums, went up the Oriental Pearl Tower, browsed at local bazaars and celebrated Alice’s 15th Birthday. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Shanghai dumplings at a local café. Our day-visit to a water village showed the contrast between traditional living and modern living. The weather finally improved allowing us to end the trip with a cruise up the Yangtze River to view the illuminated Shanghai Skyline.

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This was a truly memorable experience that everyone will treasure. I have already had enquiries about the next China trip so watch this space!