11 students and two teachers from Cobham travelled to China over the holidays and what a trip they had!

Wednesday of week 10 marked the day that 11 students and two teachers from Cobham would fly to China for a cultural and education experience. The group spent the first three days sightseeing in the capital, Beijing, and what sights there were to see! The highlight for all was the Great Wall of China; its magnificent history and beauty as well as the view from the very top! However, among the other historic places visited were the National Museum, The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven and Jingshan Mountain. We were lucky to be accompanied by two local tour guides and now friends, Vivian and Simon, who both shared a wealth of knowledge around each significant place.

Once our time in Beijing was over, we caught the bullet train, travelling 304km/hr, south through China to Wenzhou. Once in Wenzhou, we prepared for our full week in a Chinese school with a group of 42 Chinese students. During this week, our kiwi kids got to experience calligraphy, paper cutting, kung fu, dragon dancing, tie dying and traditional Chinese cafeteria lunches. In exchange, we shared experiences from New Zealand such as Jump Jam, Cantamath, rākau, traditional Māori waiata and STEM activities. After school in the evenings, we had the opportunity to explore what Wenzhou had to offer including the massive Wanda Plaza, local restaurants, a Tae Kwon Do competition, an ancient castle as well as spend time with the families of the Chinese students at their homes.

Overall, all students and teachers were amazed at the Chinese culture and had the most outstanding time. We have formed a special bond with the school in China and we hope there will be other opportunities in the future for similar trips!

By Raegan McGregor

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