HND Travel and Tourism Management students in Beijing!
Our HND Travel and Tourism Management students recently boarded a 10-hour flight to Beijing for a week’s residential trip. The trip allows students to experience different cultures and customs, and enhances their learning experience.
The jet-lagged students and staff enjoyed a leisurely morning, getting to know their surroundings. In the afternoon they met Connie, their tour guide for the week. HND student Eleanor Hands, said: “We had one of the best tour guides EVER (Connie)! She was really knowledgeable on every single attraction we went to, and gave us the chance to experience extra things including a Rickshaw tour of Hutong and a Chinese gymnastics show, where we witnessed some breath-taking stunts.”
After a long sleep to try and beat the jetlag, students began their trip in earnest with a hearty breakfast – special fried rice and curry. The day consisted of visit to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, all awe-inspiring in their own different ways.
With a very busy itinerary planned, students had an early start. First stop was the Ming Tombs, but what followed was the highlight for many of our students – The Great Wall of China. Nicholai Thorpe, HND Program Leader, said “TV and pictures do not do it justice, it completely took my breath away!” They also visited the Olympic Park, where the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympics took place.
The day began with an early morning visit to the Temple of Heaven, followed by a visit to the Hutong District. They then visited a gentleman who introduced them to his fighting crickets, who required a volunteer to have crickets walk over their head. Nicholai took one for the team on this occasion! They then headed to Beijing Zoo, where seeing the giant pandas was the highlight for many students.
The students’ last full day involved two final temple visits – the Lama and Confucius temples, followed by some retail therapy in the guise of the Xiushui market.
HND student Chloe Read, described here experience as: “A very well organised and fun packed trip to Beijing, which was an amazing experience. The opportunity to visit many different places related to Beijing's culture and history was a great way to see how the lifestyle is different from everywhere else. The itinerary was amazing; in such a short space of time we were able to see the whole of Beijing and get the most out of the trip. Climbing the Great Wall of China was definitely the highlight!”
HND student Eleanor Hands, said: "I would recommend this trip to any other years offered the chance to go. I would say walking to the top of The Great Wall of China is one of my greatest achievements to date.”
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