On Thursday 30th October a group of 44 students, led by Mr L Shaw and accompanied by 4 teachers, experienced an unforgettable excursion to Beijing, China. The students, who had been saving hard for over 18 months, flew from Dublin to Dubai and then on to Beijing, where they spent five action- packed days seeing the sights and sounds of this cultural city. Tours included walking on the Great Wall, as well as visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Ming Tombs. Students also had the chance to travel on the rickshaws through the Hutongs as well as visiting the Olympic stadium (Bird’s Nest Stadium) and Water Cube. No trip to this amazing city would not be complete without a visit to the world famous Beijing Zoo, where the students were able to see the famous Pandas up close. A highlight for many of the students was tasting the authentic Chinese cuisine, and practising their bartering skills at the local markets as well as experiencing the local culture through the organised shows and fireworks displays.
This proved to be the trip of a lifetime for the 44 students and five teachers, who described it as ‘amazing’, ‘unforgettable’ and ‘incredible’. Mr Liam Shaw, who organised the trip, paid tribute to his colleagues and the Loreto students for making the whole experience so memorable and successful.