Taking place roughly every two years, West Kirby Grammar School has now run six expeditions to China. Usually lasting 20 days, these allow students an opportunity to be challenged by the West Kirby Grammar School school educational development project in a poor rural part of China; Students also have visited many of the large cities such as Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and Beijing. After a week in cosmopolitan Hong Kong students get a sense of real Chinese culture visiting some of the wonders of this fast changing yet still politically closed county. Highlights include the panda breeding programme in Chengdu; The Terracotta Warriors in Xian; The Bund in Shanghai; the Forbidden City in Beijing and the fabulous Great Wall.
Every day is a banquet day on the expedition as students try numerous regional delicacies including sea bass or gruba, lobster, pig’s trotters, chicken feet or beautiful Peking duck. Students get plenty of time for amazing markets and shopping malls as well as swimming in the South China Sea. Average expeditions see them travel by underground metro; board several ferries - some fast with hydrofoils, some sedate yet famous like the Star Ferry; hop onto street trams or ride on the famous Peak tram. Students ride in luxury soft class sleeper trains as well as taking very high cable cars. Each journey usually has at least five plane flights. All part of what it is to be a global traveller.
Selection for this expedition is always by essay in which the hopeful participant talks about themselves and the positive impacts they have had on others.
Information about the difference this project has made to the local communities is available to read here.