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8th July 2019

2019 BSP Y4 Immersion to Xi’an, China

From 3-12 June 2019, 3 teachers and 16 Y4 students under the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) went on an overseas learning journey to Xi’an, China. This immersion trip served as an opportunity for students to learn, understand and experience Chinese culture, history and traditions through Xi’an, and was an enriching learning experience beyond the classroom for all of us. Furthermore, we experienced how lessons are conducted in a top China university. The surveys we conducted individually in the Chinese schools we visited also strengthened our research skills immensely. These school visits allowed us to establish networks and promote interaction with educational institutions in Xi’an. As we took on various responsibilities throughout the trip, we were also able to hone our leadership skills and developed our sense of teamwork and responsibility.

We attended four lectures at Shaanxi Normal University, which were extremely rich in content and enabled us to learn more about different aspects of China, ranging from the social problems China faces to her foreign policies, including the well-known “One Belt One Road” initiative. We interacted with friendly students from the university, and sat in for lessons at Xi’an No. 3 Middle School and Yuandong No.1 Middle School to better understand local students’ school lives.

We also visited many tourist attractions throughout the trip, such as the Terracotta Army at the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Street, Hukou Waterfall, and even took a trip to Yan’an to visit the Zaoyuan Revolution Site and Revolutionary Museum. We truly marvelled at the remarkable history of one of the four great ancient civilizations in the world!

Through all the activities planned out and our interaction with the locals in China, we experienced first-hand the culture in China and took away with us invaluable knowledge about China’s history, development and current social situation. Within the 10 days, we also learnt the spirit of perseverance and life-long learning, as well as determination and self-discipline exemplified by our tour guide and tour manager. We would also like to thank our three accompanying teachers, Mr Goh Liangzhou, Mdm Zhang Liping and Ms Tan Kae Ling for their tireless care and concern throughout the entirety of the trip. We are sure that all the insights we have gained and the memories we have made from this trip will stay with us for a long time to come!

2019年6月3日至12日,我校的三位老师和十六位中四双文化课程(BSP)的学生兴奋地踏上了前往中国西安的学习之旅。这次的浸濡活动让我们学习、了解并体验中国西安的文化与风土民情,同时进行生动有趣的户外跨学科学习。我们也有机会体验中国大学生活。通过在中国学校进行的论文调查,我们的调研能力也深深地提高了。在西安的学校参访使我们有机会与当地的院校建立联系、增进交流。我们执行的各种职务也锻炼我们的领导才能,并促进协作精神和责任感。

我们在陕西师范大学上了四节生动有趣、内容丰富的课,让我们更深入地了解了中国的许多方面,从中国的社会及民生课题至中国的历史、外交政策及态度,也包括受到许多热议的“一带一路”。因为教授们都是中国人,所以讲解的视角非常独特,也让我们学习如何从不同的角度思考问题,使我们获益不浅。我们也与陕西师范大学的大学生进行交流,了解他们的大学生活。我们还参访了远东第一中学和高新第三中学,以体验当地学生的校园生活。和新加坡的校园生活相比,当地学生的校园生活可算截然不同!

我们也到了许多著名的旅游景点,比如赫赫有名的兵马俑、黄帝陵、大雁塔、回民街、壶口瀑布等等。我们还到了延安参观家喻户晓的枣园革命旧址和延安革命纪念馆。这让我们更进一步地了解中国上下五千年的历史。

通过本次行程的各个活动,以及与当地人的接触,我们真正地体验到中国文化,也把许多关于中国发展史及现状的宝贵知识带回新加坡。十天内,我们还深深地体会到我们的领队和导游所展示出的坚韧不拔和终生学习的精神,以及坚定的意志力与自制力。我们也想感谢三位随团老师——吴良洲老师、张丽萍老师和陈凯琳老师无微不至的照顾。我们坚信这趟西安之旅的所见所闻以及大家的共同记忆都会一直陪伴着我们!

Reported by Ng Jun Lin Justin 黄俊霖 4H and Fang Jiaxin Jessie 方嘉欣 4L

Reflection by Kris Chua Siang Teng 蔡尚婷  19Y4E

During this 10-day immersion to Xi’an, I stepped out of my comfort zone and experienced more than I had expected for the trip. We attended various lectures at Shaanxi Normal University, which broadened my knowledge of both ancient and modern China. Each lecture was fruitful and helped me deepen my understanding on the significance that Xi’an holds in China’s rich history. Other than lectures, we also visited two secondary schools, where we managed to interact with students who shared interesting conversations and experience their lessons, which were full of life and extremely engaging.

Something that intrigued me deeply was the visits to the mausoleums. Be it the World Heritage Site of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army, or the Hanyangling Museum, I was extremely captivated by the detailed craftsmanship that are still well preserved despite originating from more than 2000 years ago. The many historical sites and destinations that we visited really enhanced my appreciation of China’s rich culture.

At the same time, I was also captivated by how Xi’an has evolved into such a modern and bustling city, from its historical roots as an ancient city. I had gone for the trip, with expectations of it being a historical and cultural trip, but it was so much more than that. I gained insights into China’s modern day challenges and witnessed what they have achieved so far. It reminds me of how Singapore has worked relentlessly, keeping up with various challenges brought about by globalisation.

In a nutshell, this journey Xi’an was eye-opening and fulfilling.

Reflection by Guo Yige 郭一格  4F

6月3日开始的西安之旅在6月12日圆满结束了。为期十天的西安之旅让我们了解了两千五百年的中国历史。时间虽短,却丰富了我们的知识。西安是一座古都,历史悠久。目前官方公认的说法是11个王朝或国家的“首都”是西安。西安现为国家中心城市,是15个副省级城市之一,在中国算是很发达的城市。

在出发之前,说到西安,我脑海中就会浮现出像北京、上海等中国的一线城市。不只是我,相信很多其它人也都存在这种印象。直到我真正踏进西安,才否定了我之前对西安存在的刻板印象。走出飞机场,搭上旅游巴士,当巴士开始驶入西安这座城市时,我发现这座城市不仅仅是一座座高楼大厦和繁华的商业街。它的居民住宅楼都不高,与北京上海截然不同。它不可谓不繁华,但繁华中却蕴含着一丝古色古香的气息。迈入这座城市,仿佛自己穿越到了几千年前。

这次的西安之旅,我们参观了兵马俑,大明宫,壶口瀑布等许多景点。这些景点让我对过去的西安城有了一些了解。我们也去看了歌剧《长恨歌》。这场实景剧,让我印象深刻。观看这部剧时,我仿佛身临其境,全程震惊于舞美,至今难以忘怀。

在西安,我也接触到了一些当地人。从他们身上,我能感受到他们很自信,有一股与生俱来的傲气。这可能也是文化积淀所带来的。此外,三天在陕西师范大学的讲座也增进了我对西安和中国的认识。

这次的西安之旅给我上了一堂生动有趣的历史课,也让我对中国这个大国产生了更浓厚的兴趣。这次的浸濡使我受益匪浅。若有机会,我还会愿意与朋友们再来一次西安,感受西安的风土民情。

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