School 66 Revisited

On the 7th April 2019, seven year 8 students and three staff visited school 66 Middle School in Beijing, China.

It was 5 x 12 hour days (up at 6 am back at the hotel by 6 pm) packed with many visits to the school as well as being taken to Beijing’s world-famous tourist attractions.

Whilst in the school we taught lessons to the Chinese students supported by our students, then they taught us lessons in calligraphy and making one of China’s most famous exports - tea.

On the day we were not in school we visited the Temple of Heaven, Beijing’s most sacred buildings and one of the holiest places in China. We visited the Beijing Olympic village, home to the National Stadium also affectionately nicknamed the ‘Bird’s Nest’.
Then we were taken to Tiananmen Square – the largest square in the world designed to hold a million people. From there we went onto the Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City and is the best-preserved imperial palace in the world.

The next day was a visit to the emperor’s holiday home – the Summer Palace. Built-in 1750 and only opened to the public in 1914.

The most memorable day was hiking up one of the world’s most famous historic structures: The Great Wall of China. As one of the “eight wonders of the world” the students climbed to the top in just under 2 hours!