Collingwood College runs has been regularly sending a contingent of students to China to bolster their educational experiences.
The past tours in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were for two- three weeks.
landed in Beijing and took in Tien’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Great Wall.
The groups ate Peking duck, participated in morning exercises with the local Beijing people.
“The Great Wall was definitely the best thing; it was so cool”
“Going to the Tiananmen Square,the Forbidden City and the Hutong was my highlight”
– caught a train west to Xian where the group visited the Terra-Cotta Soldiers and Horses that form a large army guarding the emperor’s tomb. They are wonderful works of art created by ancient Chinese working people.
“Each of the Terra-Cotta Soldiers looks different from the others”
“The Xian Hotel is magnificent and luxurious”
“Going to the park and doing morning exercises with local people was pretty fun”
– caught an overnight train to Nanjing, where students in 2010 and 2012 groups did two days tour in Nanjing, Yangzhou and Wuxi cities, which located in Jiangsu Province, close to Suzhou. There were a number of social occasions and sightseeing opportunities in these beautiful cities.
– spent 1 week attending Suzhou Secondary School, our sister school with an enrolment of about 2,000 students. Collingwood students participated in daily assemblies with an exercise program, joined in classes with their host students, attended English classes and did a course in Chinese art and Taiji. Students also visited our newly established school, the No 6 Secondary School, which is very strong for arts and music.
– caught a coach one hour east to the city of Shanghai, a modern metropolis of 20 million people. Students visited the Yu garden, the old town, the Jade Buddhist temple and the bank with the Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The group flew home from Shanghai at the end of the trip.
“In Shanghai we did the night visit on the Huangpu River Bank; we looked out over 20 million people from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower– cool”
“I really enjoyed the amusement park in Shanghai as well”
“I think the best part of the trip was that we made friends in a different country. Even though we didn’t speak Chinese very well and they didn’t know much English, we were able to get along with them.”
“I felt inspired by the Chinese students’ study efforts”
” The cultural is so different to Australia and I so badly don’t want to go home”