Students returned from home stays with wonderful gifts & stories for life. Traditional Chinese art & folk dance lessons finished our time at Bayi school. Many thanks again for their hospitality.
Haggling at the Hong Qiao pearl market and a sublime Acrobatics show made up a busy last day. Finally, happy birthday to our own Ed Vivian. I’m sure it’s one you’ll never forget!
Our time in Beijing nears to an end.
A wonderful reception today at Bayi School from Principal Shen, his colleagues & amazing pupils. Our Hautlieu students truly embraced the experience, quickly bonding with their home stay buddies before attending lessons & learning martial arts.
Student Max Godel bravely addressed the room following speeches from respective teaching staff, demonstrating his Mandarin craft.
Our quirky gift, something that dominates Jersey culture, was warmly received. What might it be?
Today was an incredibly surreal experience visiting Tiananmen square and The Forbidden city whilst the annual Chinese Communist Party conference proceeded. Police and army officials dominated the area with massive crowds present. 80,000 capped tickets are sold daily permitting access to this superbly historic location.
Student George Waller: “The grandeur of Tiananmen Square and The Summer Palace was overwhelming. We saw the huge portrait of Chairman Mao before hearing infamous stories of the Forbidden City”.
Yesterday started in the Beijing suburbs with a stroll along the Sacred Way, hearing stories of Chinese Emperors and their final resting places. An afternoon trip to the Great wall of China followed by a professional Kong Fu show made up another unforgettable day.
Student Maddy Julé: “The Great Wall was breathtaking with some fasincating stories behind it and the toboggan run on the way down was really fun. This evening the Kong Fu show was exciting with some ‘look away’ moments too”.
Tomorrow we visit Tiananmen square and the Forbidden City amidst a very busy Beijing with The Chinese Communist Party’s annual conference under way.
Today was action packed arriving early in Beijing by sleeper train and visiting the Olympic park, Confucius temple, a traditional Hu Tong and the Temple of Heaven. A tea ceremony and fine Beijing cuisine ended our day.
Student Alastair Mo: “The overnight train was definitely an unexpected highlight of the trip; sharing a cabin rocking our way hundreds of miles through China truly was an unforgettable experience”.
Yesterday we visited Big Wild Goose Pagoda learning calligraphy and the philosophy of Buddhism. We then strolled through the Muslim Quarter amidst the market chaos and saw the local Mosque. Our day finished with the overnight sleeper train from Xi’an to Beijing.
Student Torin Keeney: “Learning the history of Buddhism was fascinating. The crowded atmosphere in the Muslim Quarter was slightly intimidating but I loved being there with friends, picking up a bargain and generally just experiencing the madness of this completely different life”.