A group of eighteen Year 11 and 12 Chinese Language and Year 13 Business Studies students with two staff, travelled to China over the April School Holidays. We visited Beijing, took an overnight train to Xi’an and then finished in Shanghai. We visited a range of tourist attractions, including; the Great Wall of China, visited Terracotta Warriors and, one of the tallest buildings in Shanghai, the 100 Floor (494m high) Shanghai World Financial Centre. We biked on the city wall of Xi’an, visited the Pearl markets where girls were able to use their business skills to barter for luxury items, even scoring Mrs Rifle a beautiful belt bag. We attended two Masses, one in Beijing and Easter Mass in Shanghai. At night, we visited the new China Town in Xi’an, which was decorated with giant lantern decorations. In Shanghai we took a nighttime boat ride. We got to experience the infamous “squat toilet” and all the food China had to offer, with one meal being a dumpling feast with 14 different kinds of dumplings.
A highlight for the Business girls was visiting Fonterra where we met with the CFO Paul Washer (ex head boy of St Peter’s College). Discussing Fonterra’s business in China and finished with a cake decorating competition. We also made pork and mozzarella dumplings and drank apple ginger drink with Fonterra’s Anchor cream top. This had to be drunk at 45 degrees to get the milk moustache. We all agree we had the most amazing cultural experience in China and made so many memories on the trip.
We would like to say a huge shout-out to Mr Ting and Mrs Rifle for giving up their holidays to put up with 18 crazy teenage girls for two weeks, we really appreciate it.
By Alexandra Binns
(Year 13 Business Studies Student)