China Visit 2016
In October eleven students from Year 10 and 11 went to China to practice their Mandarin, discover real Chinese culture and visit our partner school in Tongling.
They started their tour in Shanghai, the business capital for China which offered students a view of the fast-paced modern China at the forefront of China's modernisation. Following Shanghai, they visited Wuzhen, an ancient water village with a history of more than 900 years. Students were impressed by its beauty and traditional Jiangnan setting of bridges and rivers.
The most exciting experience of the trip was the visit to our partner school, Tongling No.3 High School in Tongling, Anhui province. Students interacted with Chinese students and attended lessons. It was a fantastic opportunity for them to have a closer look at the Chinese education system and make some new Chinese friends.
Then, they went the Jade Valley and Hongcun in the Yellow Mountain region where the film “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” was filmed. It provided an opportunity for our students to observe ancient Chinese architecture and the breath-taking beauty of the area.
The last stop was Beijing. Here students visited the Forbidden City, climbed the Great Wall and visiting the Summer Palace. Unforgettable Beijing offered the group treasures of an ancient civilisation and a living lesson in modern political history. There was an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue students as they explored Beijing's ancient past and enjoy its exciting modern development.
It is almost impossible to talk of highlights on a trip like this. China, with ancient treasures and a forward-facing culture, inspires students and broadens their perspective on the world. The students from St. Chad’s thoroughly enjoyed themselves, always conscious of the great privilege everyone felt at being able to make this trip. Such a diverse and fascinating country with its treasure trove of cultural and historical delights benefits students - an incredibly eye-opening journey.