A total of thirteen eighth grade students took the opportunity to travel to China in order to further their understanding of Chinese language and culture. They travelled with two chaperones and visited Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai from March 27 – April 3.
The first city they visited was Beijing, the capital of China. The students landed on the morning of the first day which resulted in them experiencing jet lag from the seven hour time difference. However, they still explored the city all day. They stopped at the 798 art district right after they landed. They observed pieces of modern art such as street art and sculptures.
The second day, they visited the Great Wall of China, where they got to walk along it and climb some of the observation towers.
The next stop was Nanjing, the former capital of China. They visited the tomb of a major political figure by the name of Sun Yat-Sen. He is known as the “Father of China” because of his help in building the Republic of China.
The final city on the trip was Shanghai. They only spent one day there but had the opportunity to see the famous areas.
Many students enjoyed the cultural Chinese food because of the contrast it bore to Western food. One night, they made their own dinner that had eight different dishes. Some dishes they were made were dumplings, frittatas and tofu.
The trip to China had been planned months before the students embarked, all the way back in October, however, at the last minute there was a major change. The trip leader and Chinese teacher Mr. Chris Chen was still recovering from a recent illness and was advised not to travel on the trip. Fortunately, Ms. Katherine Muir and Mrs. Kim Marr were able to lead the trip.