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Mandarin students swap their classroom for China

Published Thursday 9th of August 2018 11:28:24 AM

With Mandarin being a popular and high performing subject at North Bridge House Senior Canonbury, come Easter it was time for students from Years 9, 10 and 12 to put their classroom learning into context. Fifteen GCSE and A-Level students and three members of staff ventured to China for eight days of eating, speaking and embracing Chinese. The action packed week began in the capital city of Beijing, where they first visited Houhai Park to relax and unwind after their flight. Amazed to see how the city comes alive after dark, the group explored the night markets, trying the wide variety of local delicacies that were on offer. From there on in NBH Canonbury students continued to get a real taste of Chinese culture, exploring Beijing’s main sites and tourist attractions, which included the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. They were in awe of the panoramic view from Jingshan Park, which put the great historic city into perspective. Keen to learn as well as sight-see, students were able to put their reading, writing and language skills into practice at a local and very welcoming Chinese school, where they enjoyed learning Kung Fu with their new-found native friends. They were also taken on a tour of the school, participated in lessons and enjoyed lunch with the Chinese students. During their stay NBH students enjoyed a range of evening entertainment, especially the stunt-filled acrobat show. Students were also keen to show off their Kung Fu skills after watching a martial arts demonstration. There were a number of highlights from the trip, such as visiting the Great Wall of China and taking an overnight train to X’ian to see the Terracotta Warriors, one of the world’s greatest historical sights. Generally conversing with locals, like when trying to barter in the street markets, also really developed students’ command of the Mandarin language.
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