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2018 China Study Tour

22/10/2018
During the September holidays, twenty of our Year 10 and 11 students embarked on a journey of a lifetime – the China Study Tour. It is, without doubt, one of the most extraordinary experiences that a Chinese language student will take from Caboolture SHS. Through this tour, our students learnt a great deal about managing themselves, living in a foreign country, being part of a community, and problem solving. It was a proud moment to see each student grow as a person, as a traveller, and indeed as a global citizen.
 
Our first stop was Beijing, the capital city of China. We spent the first four days at Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College, taking language lessons and experiencing Chinese culture through martial arts, music, food and crafts. Our students were able to consolidate their language skills and were motivated to practice and apply these skills in authentic situations. After the language immersion experience at BCLCC, the students were very excited to see some of the famous landmarks in Beijing, including the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.
 
Our next stop was Xi’an. It is located in central-northwest China and is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilization. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3000 years of history, including over 1100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage.
 
Our final stop was Shanghai. It is considered to be the commercial capital of China, and is the country’s largest city, with a population of around 24 million people. It is a global financial centre, a transport hub, and the most cosmopolitan and westernised city within China. In addition to its modernisation, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. In Shanghai, one finds the perfect blend of cultures: the modern and the traditional; the western and the oriental. Some of our students’ memorable moments were enjoying a walk along the Bund, a buffet dinner on the Oriental Pearl Tower, a visit to the Shanghai zoo and Disneyland, and a maglev train ride to the airport.
 
We look forward to sharing this experience with our future LOTE students again in 2020!
 
Amy Xie
LOTE Coordinator