Seventeen DCEB students led by a lecturer went for the trip from 23rd – 29th September 2013 to discover the magnificent city of Beijing, China. The aim of the trip was to study the diverse culture and structural development of the city state. Our stay at the local Beijing Language & Cultural University (BLCU) allowed us to appreciate both the daily living conditions and cultural history of the city.
As part of the programme, we attended lectures by BLCU staff. The lectures covered the history, culture and various landmarks that are Beijing’s pride today.
The lectures were followed by a city tour to view the various iconic structures around the city. The tour covered all the local famous attractions from the Great Wall of China, Beijing National Stadium (Birds’ Nest), Aquatic Centre (Water Cube) to the all-time preserved cultural remnants of the Forbidden City.
The Great Wall of China was a truly beautiful sight as we climbed the steep steps in Ba Da Ling.
The National Stadium and the Aquatic Centre which were built for Olympics 2008 have brought many changes to Beijing ever since. The areas surrounding the two iconic buildings are more developed with a luxurious hotel spotted nearby. We were glad that we had the opportunity to see and appreciate the built environment around the city.
Over those 6 nights in Beijing, we learnt to better appreciate the structural design concepts of the current buildings that benefit their culture. The trip was truly a humbling experience for us all.