To round off an outstanding year at SJR, eighteen Social Science students and three staff members embarked upon the trip of a lifetime to China.
Beginning the twelve day adventure in Beijing, students spent four days exploring some of the most historic, spectacular and famous sites in the world. Students saw how emperors used to live, looking round the Summer Palace and Forbidden City and they enjoyed an unforgettable time taking photos with locals in Tiananmen Square. An incredible day trip climbing the Great Wall of China also proved to be one of the most inspiring days as the group walked up and along one of the most significant cultural sites in the world.
Travelling at 310 kilometres per hour students were whisked from Beijing to the stunning city of Hangzhou, built around one of the most beautiful lakes in China. A day discovering Buddhist temples, pagodas and Chinese tea was rounded off with a show played out under the stars of West Lake, with lights and dancing all taking place on the water. Students were transfixed watching, with some being moved to tears by the show.
To finish such an unbelievable trip, the group travelled to one of the biggest, busiest and most memorable cities in the world, Shanghai. Here students spent time haggling in local markets, eating wonderful food and gazing down at the huge city below them from one of the tallest buildings in the world. An evening boat trip to watch the lights turn on on the best cityscape in the world and front row seats to watch the Shanghai acrobats and their dare devil, risk taking show left students with lasting memories from such a wonderful country.
Trip Leader Chris Peacock said, ‘It was a huge honour and privilege to take such a wonderful group of young people to explore a completely different country and culture. They engaged so well with the local people and had a go at everything thrown at them and have got so much from the trip.’ Student Morgan Woods said ‘it was the best experience’ she had ever had while Tom Wilson said it was ‘inspiring.’ The college can’t wait to run the trip again.