An iconic city for many reasons; its population and its political history to name just a couple. Any confusion students had as to what a high-density population looks like should be cleared up in Hong Kong. The group are able to take the train up to Victoria Peak to see stunning views of the city and then take the ferry to Kowloon to explore Nathan Road and the Avenue of Stars while receiving a talk on population and migration.
Visiting Yangshuo sees physical and human geography placed side by side. Students are immersed in the culture surrounding Chinese agriculture. They are able to attend a local market seeing the global food trade first-hand, followed by cooking the ingredients they buy. Students are able to have a Q and A session with local farmers, along with local experts, on changes to rural environments in an LEDC. Alongside their studies of the community, students develop an understanding of the environment surrounding it. Our groups make a visit to the Longji rice terraces in which they conduct an ecosystem study. Elsewhere in the region, we lead a rock classification activity at the breathtaking karst peaks it is famous for. Our groups are able to fully explore the karst topography by going bamboo rafting and taking a cycle ride past the iconic section which is pictured on the 20 RMB note. And then, after an intense few days, they are able to relax in mud baths and hot springs at the back of a 2km deep cave. Students finish their time in Yangshuo by visiting a school where they are able to join lessons, play sports and other activities with Chinese students.
It would be hard to explain to students that, despite visiting China, they wouldn’t be seeing any pandas. So luckily you can visit the Panda Breeding Research Centre in Chengdu to see China’s national animal and learn about conservation efforts. Take a walk down some of Chengdu’s ancient streets where we explore the contrasting effects of globalisation in the country. After some more relaxing activities, including attending the Sichuan Opera and eating hotpot, students consolidate their studies by giving presentations on ‘The Contrast Between Urban and Rural China’ (or a pre-designed question, chosen by the teacher).
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