Over the autumn half-term, 34 students visited Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou as part of the action-packed Mandarin and Geography trip to China. The girls had the chance to compare the urban landscapes of the cities by experiencing the lights of Shanghai from the Huangpu River at night, exploring the urban regeneration taking place in the 798 Art Zone in Beijing, and hearing a lecture on globalisation from a Byrant University professor. The students also improved their linguistic skills with a visit to a Chinese School where they attended lessons, gave a presentation during a school assembly and exchanged gifts. Here friendships were formed and future electronic ‘pen-pals’ were established.
Highlights included climbing the Great Wall, the night train to Shanghai, exploring the bamboo forest and sampling green tea in the tea fields. From the delicious food, to the knowledgeable guides, the bustle of Beijing Train Station and the buzz of Wanguijing Night Market, it is an experience that will never be forgotten!