2015 China Trip

Trip Description: Upper School Chinese Teacher Kexin Zhang leads an enriching, culturally-immersive trip to her native country of China for Upper School students and their families, as well as SSFS alumni, from June 21 – July 1. The trip includes travel to Beijing, Chengdu, Xi’an and Shanghai. Highlights include visits to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, Peking Duck tasting, the Xi’an City Wall, a Tang Dynasty Dance Show, the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a Panda Breeding Center, a Mask Changing Show, an Acrobats Show, and Yuyuan Garden. Updates and photos will be posted below.

July: Kexin has uploaded hundreds of photos from the trip onto Google photos. You can access the photos here:


June 30: The group went to Yu Garden, ate juice steam buns, and went on a Huangpu river cruise.

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June 29: Kexin writes that they arrived in Shanghai at 11:20 pm on 6/29 after a 5-hour weather delay. She included some night photos from for Xi’an and Chengdu:

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June 29: Pandas, we are coming to see you! We went to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the early morning. There are about 3000 pandas in China and over 100 in this research center. We were very lucky as the weather was not that hot and the pandas were active.

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June 28: Terracotta Warriors and Sichuan Opera:

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June 27: Wuhou Temple in Xi’an:










June 26: Kexin has emailed to let us know that although she has been unable to get internet access to the photo album she set up before leaving, all is well. She writes, “We arrived in Xi’An this morning, and we went to the city wall, Muslim area, had dumplings, and watched a Tang Dynasty show.”

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Some of the students got “selfie sticks” –













June 22, 2015: The group has arrived safely in Beijing! Photos from the long plane ride over, the group’s tour guide, and hotel below…

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