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YCIS Beijing Students Get a True Taste of Local Chinese Culture

January, 2016
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ycis-beijing-y12-ec-trip-2In late October 2015, Year 12 students of Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) traveled to Xishuangbanna in the southwestern province of Yunnan, China. During the trip, students participated in a wide variety of activities, including biking through a wonderful landscape, a school exchange with a local Primary School, feeding and caring for elephants, making their own pottery and drying their own tea. Yeri Koo, one of the Year 12 students on the trip, remarked on a few of the most memorable aspects of the trip:

“Amongst all of these fun-filled activities, one of the most unique ones was the school exchange. Students traveled to a small village called Manbo to visit a local Primary School where we played games and interacted with students. I was truly impressed by the children’s carefree attitude. They were very happy and enthusiastically took part in the games that we played with them. Although we didn’t speak the same language, it was easy to communicate through facial expressions and body language. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on an international school trip.

After the school exchange, we interviewed a former mayor of the village who was devoted to building houses and the main road. It was very interesting to listen to his story. That evening, we stayed in the village in a local home. The house was made of wood, allowing us to experience sleeping in a traditional house in China. It was a very valuable experience for us to understand what life is like for many local Chinese people.

The final days of the trip were spent biking through the countryside. We had two bike rides, each of them about 25 km, which were very challenging for us students. Though biking uphill was tiring, biking downhill with the beautiful landscape passing us was an exhilarating feeling.”

After coming back from the trip, many Year 12 students say that this trip was the most meaningful and fun one so far. 


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