As part of the college’s student enrichment programme, and with an aim to promote global college links, a group of students and staff travel to Beijing for a visit lasting 8 days. They participate in a packed out itinerary experiencing the ancient heritage and modern advancements of Beijing. 

Our students visit a range of cultural attractions such as The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and a visit to Beijing Zoo to meet the pandas. The trip also takes them to the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, the Bayun Temple, the Summer Palace, Beijing National Stadium and the Aquatics Centre. Students also explore the Hutongs of Beijing and take an excursion to the Temple of Heaven and Hongqiao Market.

Whilst accomplishing the city’s notorious sightseeing the group also visit our partner school - Yuxin School Attached to Capital Normal University, a 15-18 high school in the suburbs of Northern Beijing. Whilst at Yuxin School students have the opportunity to engage in some traditional activities such as Chinese calligraphy, and Tai Chi. It is intended that they spend some time in classes with their Chinese peers and engage in activities such as Mandarin lessons, and traditional arts and craft.

Below are some images taken by first year A Level student Charlotte Brocklehurst of the 2016 group exploring China's most dynamic city:

Ashton to Beijing 2016