CLS takes on China
During the summer break, a group of CLS pupils embarked on a 10-day trip to China with the Mandarin department. The action-packed week included cycling on the ancient Xi’an city walls to exploring caves and bathing in hot springs.
Having landed in Chengdu, the group set off to explore the city. Starting in a bustling city quarter, they made their way through ‘old street’, haggled with locals and tasted some Chinese cuisine. In the evening, they enjoyed a traditional Sichuan hotpot, which included, for the adventurous among the group, pig brain!
Having spent a couple of days exploring the city, they jetted off to Yangshuo and Longsheng county. This area is famous for its iconic 'karst' limestone scenery, so the team hiked to the top of Moon Hill to get a stunning panoramic view. It was a long hike in the humid hills, so they cooled off in the mud baths and relaxed in hot springs.
For their final day, the group flew back to Chengdu, home of the famous panda breeding sanctuary. They had gone at the perfect time and saw two newborn baby pandas in the nursery.
A huge thanks must go to Mrs Bunnage and Mr Thomson for organising and running the trip. It was an unforgettable experience!
The action-packed week included cycling on the ancient Xi’an city walls to exploring caves and bathing in hot springs.