China - Easter 2018
Beijing to Shanghai......
A party of 24 boys and three staff spent nine days visiting Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, cities with a total of some 60 million residents. Highlights in Beijing included excursions to the Birds’ Nest Stadium, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. The boys displayed especial energy in tackling the Great Wall of China. A meal later that day in a private Chinese home was a special experience, the boys all coping valiantly with chopsticks on this and all other occasions. After an overnight train journey the group saw the Terracotta Army and a Buddhist Temple in Xi’an before continuing to the hyper-modern city of Shanghai. A calligraphy lesson, a trip to the top of the television tower and a night boat ride on the river brought this frenetic cultural experience to a conclusion. The friendliness of the Chinese people we met was striking and a special gratitude is due to Mr Jefferies for organising such a memorable trip.