Trinity news: Boys walk the Great Wall

15 May 2018

Trinity news: Boys walk the Great Wall

In Trinity news, during the recent school holidays 38 students and seven teachers from Trinity’s Preparatory and Junior Schools had the privilege to tour China over 10 days. I was one of these lucky students and it was my first ever visit to China. We spent six days is Beijing, two days in Xi’an, and two days in Shanghai. We got to experience what it was like in China. We also had the opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture and came back with a deeper understanding about China.

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In Beijing, one of the highlights for me, was walking along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. The surrounding scenery as well as the many watchtowers along the Wall was amazing. I could see the Wall continuing on for as far as my eyes could see. It is unbelievable that this magnificent fortification was built so long ago, yet stands the test of time.

We were also fortunate to visit our sister school ‘Renda Fuxiao School’ in Beijing. It was amazing! The school grounds were extensive – it had an enormous table tennis hall, which was larger than the Prep School’s gym. We had brought some cricket kits so we could show our new friends how to play cricket. In return, they showed us how to play table tennis properly. We left the cricket kits, as well as many Australian souvenirs as tokens of our visit.

In Xian, we had also explored many interesting sites – a village school, a local dairy and vegetable farm, an underground dwelling, as well as the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Besides learning the history, we got to learn how to make Terracotta Warriors. It was also a lot of fun cycling along Xi’an City Wall.

My top memory in Shanghai was our visit to the Shanghai World Financial Centre (also known as the Shanghai Eye). We went up to the 100th floor, and got to see the wonderful panoramic view of Shanghai. Sections of the floor were transparent, so we could feel how high we were off the ground.

I had the most enjoyable time, learning about and experiencing China’s culture. 2018 China Tour for me, was one of the best experiences I have ever had.

For over a hundred years Trinity Grammar School has educated boys in mind, body and spirit. Our mission is to provide a thoroughly Christian education for boys from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12, imparting knowledge and understanding of the world we live in, and recognising the importance of spiritual qualities in every sphere of learning.

Our students are given opportunities to participate in international tours whether it be to understand homelessness in a global context, participate in sporting tours, perform in renowned cathedrals and concert halls, or practice a foreign language. Apart from providing all the benefits of cultural immersion, international tours may also include elements of a charitable nature.

Alexander Chu | Year 6