Aitchison College, Lahore.

Aitchison College, Prep School

Tour to China June 2019
Report

We arranged a 10 days recreational and educational Tour to China from 6th to 16th June, 2019.

Teachers:
Ms. Sarah Liu
Mr. Muhammad Usman

Educational Aspects of the Tour:

  • Interaction with the Native Speakers of China (In terms of Chinese Language)
  • Make our boys aware of Chinese culture, traditions and heritage
  • Visit historical places, museums & parks
  • Knowing History of China

Air Journeys:

Pakistan to Dubai by Emirates EK623
Dubai to Beijing by Emirates EK308
Beijing to Dubai by Emirates EK309
Dubai to Pakistan by Emirates EK622

High-speed Train Journeys

Beijing to Xi’an 1,216 km by maglev Train
Xian to Luoyang 380 km by maglev Train
Zhengzhou to Beijing 700 km by maglev Train

Discipline

Being ambassadors of Aitchison College, our boys displayed an exemplary discipline in their manners, language and behavior throughout the journey.

Food:

We experienced traditional “Halal” Chinese food. We selected only Certified Halal Restaurants, the boys and teachers like it a lot.

Interaction with Native Speakers:

Our boys got excellent opportunity to interact with native Chinese speakers in their local vernacular during shopping and day to day interaction. It was a wonderful opportunity.

E-info (We Chat):

We updated parents on daily basis. Actually they were with us throughout the journey, we shared pictures and videos of our destinations, travelling, food, hotels and even shopping malls and updated them throughout the journey.`

Security Concerns:

Safety and security is our first concerns for every international tour. One tourist guides and two security guards were with us throughout the journey. They had issued us Identity cards with ribbons to put on. They told us the safety precautions as prior hand knowledge.

Tourist Guides:

Tourist Guides shared educational information before each place we visited.

Hotels:

Days Hotel Beijing Guomen, Beijing
Grand Dynasty Cultural Hotel, Xi’an
Luoyang Friendship Guest House, Luoyang
Zheng Zhou Guangdong Hotel, Zheng Zhou
Shanshui Trends Hotel Beijing

The Journey

Pakistan to Dubai:

Departure:

On Wednesday, 5th June, 2019 all the boys reported at Old Building, Aitchison College as per schedule sharp at 10:00 pm and left for the airport in the school bus. The Headmaster, Raja Ashfaq Ahmad addressed the boys and bid them farewell for the journey.

The group boarded on the plane for Dubai at 3:00 am.

Departure from Pakistan: Thursday, 6th June, 2019 at 3:30 am
Arrival at Dubai: Thursday, 6th June, 2019 at 5:50 am
Flight: Emirates EK623
Stay at Dubai Airport: 5 hours

Dubai to China:

The group reached Dubai on Thursday, 6th June, 2019 at 5:50 am. We had 5 hours stay at Dubai International Airport. We boarded on plane for Beijing at 10:00 am and reached Beijing at 22:20 pm.

Departure from Dubai: Thursday, 6th June, 2019 at 10:50 am
Arrival at Beijing, China: Thursday, 6th June, 2019 at 22:20 pm
Flight: Emirates EK308

Day-1
Beijing, China:
June 6, 2019

We reached Beijing on Thursday, 6th June, 2019 at 22:20 pm. On the first day, the tour guide and the Security Staff picked the delegation at the Beijing Airport and moved towards the hotel.  We checked in the Days Hotel Beijing Guomen by bus.

Stay: checked in Days Hotel Beijing Guomen

Day-2
Beijing to Xian China:
June 6, 2019

After the Breakfast, we took a six hour high speed Maglev train from Beijing to Xi’an (reference time: 13:50- 20:00 hours.)  The group reached   Xi'an North Railway Station and took the bus to the city. We checked in Dynasty Cultural Hotel

High Speed Train: 350 km/Hours
Departure Beijing to Xi’an:    13:50 pm
Arrival at Xi’an: 20:00 pm  

Stay: checked in Grand Dynasty Cultural Hotel, Xi’an.

Day-3
Xi’an, China
June 8, 2019

After breakfast, we drove to the Linyi (Linyi is a city in the south of Shandong province, China.) There we visited Qinshihuang Emperor's Mausoleum Museum, which is the “World's Eighth Wonder” in Beibei, Lushan. The Museum of Terra-cotta Warriors which is located 37 km east of Xi’an city. The underground terracotta army found in the First Emperor’s burial complex is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable and mysterious discoveries from the ancient world. A mausoleum attended by an army including over 7,000 terracotta warriors and horses. 

We went for shopping to a Muslim market in Xi’an which stretched for over two kilometres.

NOTE: Our boys got the opportunity to meet the farmer who discovered Terra-cotta Warriors.

After lunch, we visited Zhonggulou Square.  We visited Bell and Drum Tower, which is at the east side of the Zhonggulou Square. It has a history of more than 600 years. The Bell Tower and Drum Tower of Xi’an date back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The two are located in the Centre of the Xi’an city, connecting the four roads from East, South, West and North within the city wall. On the top of the Bell Tower, we witnessed the panoramic view of the Xi’an city

Strolling through the Islamic halal pedestrian street (Hui Min Jie), the most characteristic of the Northwestern ethnic minority, we enjoyed the most distinctive halal snacks in Hui Min Jie.

Stay: Grand Dynasty Cultural Hotel, Xi’an.

Day 4:
Xi’an, China
June 9, 2019

After Breakfast, the group visited the Royal Temple of China  (Da Ci En Temple for blessing) also known as the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi'an, Shaanxi province. It is the landmark building of Xi'an City. We also visited Big Wild Goose Pagoda Music Fountain Square.

In the afternoon, we visited Xi’an Museum. A museum of Xi’an is a collection of museums, historical sites and urban gardens. They were opened to the outside world in 2007 to display the precious artifacts. We visited the millennium ancient tower in the Tang Dynasty, the melodious Yanta morning bell, and the beautiful garden landscape. We experienced the paper-cutting activities with Chinese characteristics, and then went to the Xi’an City Wall.

We visited the millennium ancient tower in the Tang Dynasty, the melodious Yanta morning bell, and the beautiful garden landscape. We experienced the paper-cutting activities with Chinese characteristics, and then went to the Xi’an City Wall.

Xi'an Ming City Wall is the largest and most preserved ancient city in China.  This is an ancient city of China and they have preserved it completely.

Use the high-speed train to Luoyang (Xi'an)

High Speed Train: 350 km/Hours
Distance: 376 km
Departure Xian to Luoyang: 17:43 pm
Arrival at Luoyang: 19:15 pm

Stay: Checked in the hotel and stayed in Luoyang Friendship Guest House,

Day5:
Luoyang, Henan
June 10, 2019

After breakfast, we went to one of the three treasures of stone carving art in China Longmen Grottoes The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples, they are located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of present day Luoyang in Henan province, China. The images, many once painted were carved as outside rock reliefs and inside artificial caves excavated from the limestone cliffs of the Xiangshan and Longmenshan, running east and west. The Yi River (Chinese: flows northward between them and the area used to be called Yique; 'The Gate of the Yi River'). The alternative name of "Dragon's Gate Grottoes" derives from the resemblance of the two hills that check the flow of the Yi River to the typical "Chinese gate towers" that once marked the entrance to Luoyang from the south. (The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing thousands of statues of Buddha. We saw Xixi Grottoes such as Qianxi Temple, Binyang Cave, Wanfo Cave, Lotus Cave, Fengxian Temple.)

The bus took us to the ancient capital of the 13th Dynasty – Luoyang. We visited the antique Lijingmen Street and explored the old Luoyang City.
Travel distance by Bus from Luoyang to Dengfeng: 90 km Dengfeng, Zhengzhou

Took the bus to Dengfeng (90KM, 1.5 hours) and visited Shaolin Temple, inside the Shaolin Temple we saw the play "the world is working hard to get Shaolin".

Afternoon, We visited the birthplace of Shaolin Kungfu, and also got the opportunity to see Live  Shaolin Martial Arts Performance to appreciate the authentic Shaolin Kung Fu, one must go to Dengfeng Temple in Dengfeng, Henan. We also visited Tallinn (Dengfeng Temple in Dengfeng) which has more than 240 existing pagodas. After visit the Changwan Temple, take a bus to Zhengzhou.

Stay: Checked in the Zheng Zhou Guangdong Hotel and stayed in Zhengzhou

Day6:
Dengfeng, Zhengzhou
June 11, 2019

We visited the Erqi Square (Zhengzhou), the appearance of the 27th Memorial Tower, The Erqi Memorial Tower or called Erqi Tower is located in the Centre of Zhengzhou city, Henan province, China. It was historically the tallest tower in the city, but not anymore.

It is steel and concrete structure erected as a memorial to the heroes who lost their life during the February 27th strike. This double-parallel-bodied tower contains a spiral staircase running up one side, and an exhibition hall in the other. One of the best features of this tower, however, is the view of the city as seen from the top, which makes the climb well worth the effort. We took the bus from Zhengzhou took the high-speed train to Beijing, and arrived at the hotel by bus.

Stay: Zheng Zhou Guangdong Hotel.

High Speed Train: 350 km/Hours
Distance: 692 km
Departure Zhengzhou: 13:39 pm
Arrival at Beijing: 16:25 pm

Stay: Checked in the Days Hotel Beijing Guomen, Beijing.

Day7:
Beijing, China
June 12, 2019

After breakfast, the group proceeded to "Tiananmen Square", "Mao Chairman Memorial Hall" and the Forbidden City.
We visited the Western District of the Forbidden City Shoukang Palace, Cienning Palace. We explored the "Zhen Huan’s Residence” to see the essence of ancient architectural art, and listened to the story of 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The legendary story is about the profound Chinese culture. The Forbidden City is the Royal Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and the largest and most existing in China.
The palace is a complete Royal Architectural complex. The Forbidden Palace is grand in scale, with a neat layout, exquisite architecture, rich and luxurious, and a collection of rare cultural relics.
The essence of ancient architecture, culture and art. We went to Nanzhao Ancient Lane, Beijing

Stay:  Days Hotel Beijing Guomen, Beijing

 

Day8:
Beijing, China
June 13, 2019

After breakfast we proceeded to Badaling Great Wall.  The Great Wall is a symbol of the Chinese Nation. It is more than 12,000 miles long and is one of the greatest buildings in the world. The Badaling Great Wall is the best preserved section of the Ming Great Wall and is the most representative. The section of the Great Wall is steep and condescending. It is an important military barrier in the Ming Dynasty and an important barrier to the capital Beijing.

After breakfast we proceeded to Badaling Great Wall.  The Great Wall is a symbol of the Chinese Nation. It is more than 12,000 miles long and is one of the greatest buildings in the world. The Badaling Great Wall is the best preserved section of the Ming Great Wall and is the most representative. The section of the Great Wall is steep and condescending. It is an important military barrier in the Ming Dynasty and an important barrier to the capital Beijing.

In the afternoon, we visited Olympic Park in the north of North Fourth Ring Road. Here we saw Bird's Nest, which is the main stadium of the 29th Olympic Games in 2008. (After the Olympic Games, it became a large-scale professional place for Beijing citizens to participate in sports activities and enjoyed sports and entertainment.) We went to Beijing Water Cube

Stay: Days Hotel Beijing Guomen, Beijing
 

Day9:
Beijing, China
June 14, 2019

After breakfast we visited The Beijing Museum of Natural History which is located at 126 Tian Qiao Nan Street, Dongcheng District Beijing. This is the most popular natural history museum in China. The Gallery of Ancient Reptiles presents the landscape of more than 200 million years ago to the audience and demonstrates the complicated process in which the vertebrates moved from the oceans to the lands, the representative animals being the crossopterygii, the ichthyostega, the caecilian, and the Dimetrodon. At the center of the exhibition hall are the life-like dinosaur skeleton groups, such as the first dinosaur found in China- Lufengosaurus huenei, the 26-meter-long Mamenchisaurus Jingyanebsis, the dominant Tyrannosaurus rex, small and slim Deinonychus, the Tuojiangosaurus which had lancet plates cover its back, the commanding Yangchuanosaurus, the pterosaurs which has long wings, and the ichthyosaurs which dominated the oceans.

After Lunch: We proceeded to "Tiantan Park" to visit The Temple of Heaven, which is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century. Jiajing also built three other prominent temples in Beijing, the Temple of the Sun in the east, the Temple of Earth in the north, and the Temple of Moon in the west. The Temple of Heaven was renovated in the 18th century under the Qianlong Emperor. By then, the state budget was insufficient, so this was the last large-scale renovation of the temple complex in imperial times.
 

Stay: Days Hotel Beijing Guomen, Beijing

Day10:
Beijing, China
June 15, 2019

After breakfast we visited Beijing World Park is a theme park that attempts to give visitors the chance to see the world without having to leave Beijing. The park covers 46.7 hectares and is located in the southwestern Fengtai District of Beijing. It is about 17 km from Tiananmen, the City center, and 40 km from the Capital International Airport. The park opened in 1993 and is estimated to receive 1.5 million visitors annually.

 

After lunch we visited China Porcelain Museum. Our boys were also taught the art of making Clay pots.

Change of Hotel

We checked out Days Hotel Beijing Guomen for another hotel. This hotel was near the airport however we found that hotel, which we booked only for 9 hours, was beyond satisfactory for the students. Thus, without compromising we immediately changed our hotel, and within 30 minutes we checked-in to Shanshui Trends Hotel Beijing Branch.

Beijing Airport
June 16, 2019

We checked out from Shanshui Trends Hotel on Sunday, 16th June, 2019 at 3:30 am.

We took our bus towards Beijing International Airport and boarded on plane at 6:30 am.  

Departure from Beijing: Sunday, 16th June, 2019 at 7:20 am Beijing time
Arrival at Dubai: Sunday, 16th June, 2019 at 11:20 am Dubai time
Flight: Emirates EK309
Stay at Dubai Airport: 10 hours

Dubai Airport
June 16, 2019

We reached Dubai after eight hours flight; we had to stay for 10 hours. Boys did shopping at Dubai Duty Free shops. We reached Lahore on Monday, 17th June, 2019.

Departure from Dubai: Sunday, 16th June, 2019 at 9:50 pm Dubai time
Arrival at Lahore: Sunday, 17th June, 2019 at 1:50 am Pakistan time
Flight: Emirates EK622

Old Building, Aitchison College

The College transport was already at the airport. After the immigration clearance, we reached at Old Building after 40 minutes, and the happy journey came to its end. All the parents were already there to pick up their sons.

 

Submitted by:

 

Sarah Liu

Head of Chinese Department

The Prep School

Aitchison College

Lahore.