Overseas Trips
1st June 2014

BSPY4 Xi’an, China

During the June holidays, the Year 4 BSP scholars, along with the teachers, went to Xi’an for an immersion programme under the Bicultural Studies Porgramme (BSP). This immersion programme aims to:

  • Allow students to learn, understand and experience the culture and traditions of Xi’an
  • To provide an enriching learning experience beyond the classroom, which is interdisciplinary in nature
  • To experience study life in a top China university and to strengthen China studies research skills
  • To provide opportunities for students to learn according to their Multiple Intelligence
  • To promote leadership skills, teamwork and individual responsibility of the students

Xi’an has a rich and culturally significant history, as it was once the capitol of China in the ancient times. We have benefitted a lot from this 11-day long trip in Xi’an as we have learnt much about contemporary China as well as Xi’an.

During the trip, we visited many places of attraction, one of them being the Terracotta Army in the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum. In the year 1974, the Terracotta Army was discovered. There are three main pits located east of the burial mound. After it was discovered, the Terracotta has been well protected and preserved. It is the biggest preserved site in China. However, despite putting in much effort in the preservation of the terracotta Army, as the terracotta sculptures have came into contact with air and water during excavation, the paint on these sculptures have been oxidized, causing the sculptures to look greyish today.

Other than the Terracotta Warriors, we also visited the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. We were awed by the sight of the ancient Buddhist pagoda, which was built during the Tang Dynasty. Even though much effort was put into the preservation of the pagoda, the structure of the building together with human activities near the pagoda had caused the pagoda to lean towards its west. Fortunately, after some renovation, the building has become more stable.

Other than visiting the tourist attractions, we also attended talks conducted by the professors in Xi’an International University. We learnt about the history of the Communist Party of China, Yan’An’s development and other popular topics about China. The most memorable lesson was the one about Renewable and green energy. Even though China is one of the world’s biggest contributors to pollution, the Chinese government has been coming up with plans to raise awareness of its people in the conservation of energy. I feel that Singaporeans should learn from the Chinese and contribute more in the conservation of energy.

On the sixth day, we took a five hour-long bus trip to Yan’an, where we visited the Huangdi Mausoleum, Yellow River Hukou Pubu National Park and Yan’an Revolutionary Memorial Museum. During the visit to the museum, we learnt about the history of the Communist Party of China and also learnt about the difficulties that Chairman Mao faced while governing China.

Last but not least, we also visited Xi’an International University and Yangling Hi-Tech Middle School and made friends with the students in the schools. Other than making new friends, we also forged stronger friendships with our fellow BSP mates.

All in all, this trip is definitely a memorable and fruitful one!

在这个六月的假期里,我们师生26个人一起到了西安。这次浸濡活动的宗旨是:

  • 让学生学习、了解,并体会中国(西安)文化和风土民情
  • 体验中国大学生活,提高学生学习能力
  • 让学生进行自己的独立研习论文的调查报告
  • 训练学生的领导才能,协作精神和责任感

西安是个很特别的地方,有着丰富的中国文化。这是因为西安曾是十三个朝代的古都。在短短11天的浸濡课程里,我们都获益不浅,学到了许多可贵的知识。

在这11天之旅,我们参观了许多的旅游景点,也到了西安外事学院上了几堂课,了解了中国民生所关注的问题,共产党的历史,延安发展史及现状以及其他热门的话题。其中,最令人难忘的一堂课就是关于《环保与绿色能源》的一堂课。这堂课让我们了解了,虽然中国环境污染的问题很严重,但中国政府已经开始实行了一些措施,也提高了中国人的环保意识。我觉得新加坡可以向中国学习,学习在经济发展中也多注意我们的环境。

在西安的前五天,我们参观了许多的旅游景点。其中有鼎鼎有名的秦始皇兵马俑博物馆。1974年,在秦始皇帝陵东发现三个大型陪葬的兵马俑坑,并相继进行发掘和监管保留。三个坑分别定名为一,二,三号兵马俑坑。秦始皇兵马俑博物馆是中国最大的古代军事博物馆,俑阵经发掘对外开放后,轰动了全世界。可惜的是,兵马俑被发掘时,因为和空气和水接触过,所以俑身上的颜色都被氧化了。

除了兵马俑,我们也参观了赫赫有名的大雁塔,见证了从唐代一直流传下来的古塔。虽然大雁塔是保存得比较好的楼阁式塔,但由于屡遭人为破坏,加之自身结构问题,在1719年就发现塔身倾斜。后来,经过有关部门长达20多年的综合整治,大雁塔的倾斜状况已明显地稳定下来。

第六天的早晨,搭了5个多小时的车后,我们终于来到了延安。在延安的几天,我们参观了几个景点,其中有黄帝陵,黄河壶口瀑布和延安革命纪念馆。在导游细心的讲解下,我们了解了中国共产党的历史,也了解了主席毛泽东在建国时所遇到的困难。

此外,我们也到了杨凌高新中学进行参访,并与他们的国际班的同学进行交流,了解了新加坡与中国有着怎么样的文化差异。经过这次的旅程,我们不只结交了许多的新朋友,也增进了同学们之间的感情。这次的旅行绝对是一个令人铭记于心,难忘的旅程。

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