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Houston Christian takes on the Great Wall. (Photo: Phil Sweger)
Over spring break, a large group of Houston Christian students travelled to China in what would be a life-changing experience. Departing from Bush early morning of Friday the 9th, we arrived in Beijing at 5 in the morning of March 10th and had a long but fun day. The majority of the trip occurred in Beijing but the end of the trip was spent in Chengdu, China.
The trip was filled with activities for people of all interests. The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Pearl Market were obvious choices for the itinerary, but there were plenty of other chances for fun in China. For example, we visited an art museum in Beijing and shopped at the New Century Global Center in Chengdu, the world’s largest building in square footage. We also took a ride by rickshaw in a Beijing neighborhood and visited the Panda Center in Chengdu.
Another fun part of the trip was visiting the Beijing Royal School, Houston Christian’s sister school in China. While there, our group was divided up among different classes and had the chance to participate in another country’s classes. We also video chatted with students from another school within China and learned about their school and life experiences.
This trip was truly an unforgettable experience. Many items were crossed off bucket lists but we also did things we had never imagined doing, like learning about the Tea Ceremony and trying on costumes at the Peking Opera Institute. When reflecting on this trip it is clear that though we may return to China in the future, the memories made this spring break are inimitable.