China 2018 Trip

CHINA 2018

Trip Information:

One of the 7 wonders of the ancient world – The Terracotta Army in Xi’an

Follow our progress on the China trip with this year’s itinerary…

Itinerary 2018

Trip Updates:

Weds 8th March:

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

Landed in Gatwick. Students lagging already after 30mins in the air…

The before pictures…

The before pictures…

Killing time at Heathrow…

Killing time at Heathrow with nutritious snacks, hairdressing, and a quick round of poker…

Coming soon… The After 10hours in an aluminium can pictures…

Bon Voyage!  Mr A.

A safe landing…

Thurs 9th March:

Faster than a speeding bullet…ish

The After pictures (30hrs of travel…and only the photographer remains standing)

Fri 10th March:

Xian

Traditional Chinese character for Xian, drawn by our calligraphy instructor…

There are 9 million bicycles in Beijing…and lots in Xian too

Dress up at the terracotta replica workshop…

The terracotta army…

Cycling on the old walls…

0n the 1st day in China, after travelling, we visited the terracotta warriors to see how they were made. We learnt that chromium plating was first used in the Qin dynasty, and until the terracotta warriors were unearthed, it was believed to be a fairly modern invention. We also saw that all but one of the terracotta warriors had been smashed up decades after their burial by haters of the emperor and had been reconstructed from thousands of pieces. Originally, they were also painted but the colours oxidized on exposure to the air, meaning no more will be uncovered, even though many remain buried. We then moved on to a bike ride on the old city walls in Xian where we saw the lantern festival, which was our favourite part of the day. In the evening, we went to a dumpling banquet and indulged in a broad range of flavours including pork which was my favourite. We enjoyed a show of traditional dance where dancers wear very long sleeves and use them to create movement. At the end of the night, we passed the lanterns again whilst lit and got to see the intricate details. It set high expectations for the rest of the trip.

Ben and Krystian

Sat 11th March:

Market mayhem…

Calligraphy lesson and Chinese art…

Grand mosque Xian…

Muslim quarter…

Sun 12th March:

Carrying a torch for China…

The Olympic stadium…

The Summer Palace…

The day began with arriving on the sleeper train from Xian which was really fun. Then, after a long breakfast, we headed for the Olympic village- specifically the bird’s nest and water cube. Interesting fact- the whole Olympic village in 2008 was heated by geothermal energy. At the water cube, there was even a chance to see the end of a professional diving competition. The next stop was the summer palace, one of the homes of the Dragon empress (The last of China’s 2 empresses). We saw the largest bonsai tree and learnt that they originate from china- not Japan. The tree was situated in one of the world’s best preserved imperial gardens. We saw the huge marble boat the Dragon empress had built on the lake to take tea when hosting diplomats. To end the day, we tried some Chinese Italian food.

Ada and Aimee

Mon 13th March:

The Great Wall… Tues 14th March:

Tianamen square…

Confucius temple…

After an early morning start, we travelled to Tiananmen square- essentially the central hub for Chinese politics. During our visit there, we walked an estimated 3 miles through the forbidden city. We were mobbed on the way by Chinese tourists who were keen to take photos with us to share with their families. After that, our coach took us to the hutong- a small area of old low rise houses where Beijingers used to live which was a really peaceful area. We then went to the Confucius temple which was once a university- all the graduates names were engraved onto pillars around the campus. We then went to a teahouse and tasted traditional tea which was a major change from English teas- my favourite was the ginseng tea and the fruit tea which tasted like Ribena even though it contained no sugar. After steeping, the fruit tea could also be eaten. Not long after that, we went to the acrobatic show and saw dangerous and exciting stunts from dancers standing en pointe on other’s heads to tightrope walking.

Kristiana and Georgia

Thurs 15th March:

At first I was feeling very anxious but excited to meet the person that would be hosting me for the upcoming night, all of these negative feelings flooded away when I had been warmly welcomed as I entered the school gates by clapping, smiles, flowers and a bookmark by my host Michael. I feel a little awkward at first but after a class and being shown around by him I felt much more comfortable around him we Related to each other quite a lot because of my ethnicity because or cultures were similar in many different ways. At the end of the day we had a kick about of football then took a 20 minute train ride to the Olympic stadium, we then walked around and talked for a bit, on the way home we were talking about our families (this was was around 30 minutes) we took a lift up to his apartment which the 2008 Olympic performers stayed in and was welcomed with positivity by his dog, father and grandparents, his mother was in Thai land on holiday, and given some odd looking sandals to wear around the house. They told me how happy they were to have me as I had some issues with my visa which they were informed about. We had a wonderful Szechuan dinner with lots fruit for dessert. After this we were having tea and when Harry went to pick up the teapot, the handle fell off and the teapot shattered his family weren’t angry but just happy that he hadn’t hurt himself. After this I went to see my room, I was astonished because I had just entered a large on suite room with a large bathroom, a king side bed and a large window which I could see the whole city and Olympic stadium from. When I woke up And got ready breakfast was already on the table of dumplings, milk tea and noodles. Once getting a lift in Harry’s dads Cadillac Cue we said our goodbyes and parted, thanks for a great experience Harry if you ever read this.

Dan

Visiting Bayi for kung fu lessons…

…and to see our Chinese buddies again…

 …before heading for the pearl market…

Fri 16th March:

“All’s well that ends better.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Lord of the Rings

Landed in Heathrow, and looking forward to sharing our experiences with friends and family.