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Trip to China

13th November 17

Three internal flights and two bullet train rides along with some very hair-raising bus journeys allowed students to see many of the scenic highlights in China over a 12 day adventure. Sixteen pupils from Year 8 to Year 12 enjoyed this amazing trip which taught them so much about the Chinese culture and the vast history which surrounds this beautiful country. The tour started in Beijing with visits to the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City where students learnt about the different Dynasties and the Emperors who ruled during these periods from the valuable local and national guides. The highlight of Beijing, was probably for most, the visit to the Great Wall of China. A beautiful clear and sunny, if not cold day, was perfect for the climb up the hundreds of stairs which led to the wall. Rewarded by the stunning views, when the top was finally reached, everyone marvelled at the magnitude of the structure and the vastness of the wall. The stunning autumn colours added to the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the experience was valued by all. 

After a bullet train ride the group arrived in Xian where they saw the incredible Terracotta Army, the Muslim Quarter, the Ancient City Wall and many other sights around the beautiful city of Xian. The next port of call was Chengdu where a visit to the Panda Research Centre was the highlight of this section of the trip. The busy schedule continued with a plane journey to Guilin to see the spectacular Reed Flute Caves and the following day the group enjoyed the relaxing picture-postcard boat ride along the Li River. Upon arrival in the beautiful fishing village of Yangshuo everyone had a well-deserved rest and free time to explore the town. The last internal flight was to Shanghai where the modern and old parts of the city were visited along with the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. A very weary but happy group of pupils slept much of the way from Shanghai to Europe.

Summer Palace Beijing

Summer Palace Beijing

Summer Palace Beijing

Summer Palace Beijing

Summer Palace Beijing

Summer Palace Beijing

Tiananmen Square Beijing

Tiananmen Square Beijing

Entrance to Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Ancient Observatory Beijing

Ancient Observatory

Ancient Observatory

Ancient Observatory

Ancient Observatory

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Terracotta Army

Terracotta Army

Xian

Xian

Xian – Buddhist Temple

Xian – Buddhist Temple

Xian – Buddhist Temple

Xian – Learning Chinese Calligraphy

Xian – Learning Chinese Calligraphy

Vibrant colours from the street stalls in Xian

Street Stalls – Xian

Xian

Panda Research Centre – Chengdu

Panda Research Centre – Chengdu

Making new friends in Chengdu

Chengdu

Chengdu

Reed Flute Cave – Guilin

Reflection in the Reed Flute Cave – Guilin

Chinese Tea House – Guilin

Chinese Tea Ceremony – Guilin

Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise 

Li River Cruise

Fisherman Li River

Li River

Water Show Li River

Shanghai Skyline

Shanhai

Financial Tower – Shanghai