As the dawn broke over the snow topped mountains, two teachers and a group of Sixth Form students from Camborne Science and International Academy prepared to land in Beijing, China.
With a warm welcome from The High School associated with Beihang University, our students were fully immersed into the Chinese lifestyle: extended school days with a focus on Science; delicious food, from Chinese Hot Pot to 'Tanghulu' (a Chinese style toffee apple!); fantastic excursions and the opportunity to live with a Chinese family, in order to experience all the cultural diversity. The High School associated with Beihang University created an eclectic itinerary, which was full of new experiences that could not possibly be justified in this short article.
Included in the trip was a visit to the Forbidden City, located right in the heart of Beijing. Although the weather was challenging (minus six and heavy snow!), this did not detract from the sheer beauty of the palace. The Forbidden City is where the sacred dragon line originates and propagates straight through Beijing.
It's the most grand of all imperial palaces in China; home to the emperor, empress and their family, during most of the year. The palace is for both public duties and a residence for the emperor and his family. It is built with many subtle cultural influences - no plants held within the ceremonial and civic areas of the palace, as this was believed to bring bad luck and harm any negotiations that the emperor may be involved with. However, at the back of the palace are the gardens, grand and tranquil areas, which feel a thousand miles away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Beijing.
Sixth Form student Adam J, stated that, 'the second day of the China trip was my favourite day, seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World - 'The Great Wall of China'. The amount of steps made the way up exhausting, however, upon reaching the top of the mountains and seeing the spectacular views, it was all worthwhile. The visibility was amazing and the walk along the wall was surreal. To make this visit even better, we tobogganed back down the mountain, which was much more fun than the steps!'
We would like to thank all involved in offering this incredible opportunity to our students and Mr Du Wei for organising such a wide variety of exciting experiences. We look forward to welcoming the Chinese students and teachers to Camborne Science and International Academy next year and would like to thank them for being such gracious and entertaining hosts.
In addition, Miss Phillips and Mr Emery would like to recognise the excellent comportment of the students from Camborne Science and International Academy, who at all times met the outstanding expectations of our school and were exemplary international ambassadors: Ellie B, Kate P, Karenza V, Adam J, Joseph P-H and Jack C.