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!
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