Those doing Mandarin GCSE went to China in the summer of Year 10, and it really improved our confidence and ability to speak Mandarin. I remember we had a cultural visit to Beijing, exploring sights such as the Great Wall whilst also visiting the province of Jinan to have Chinese lessons at Shangdong University.
What I loved most about the trip was how friendly the locals were. They were keen to help us with our speaking and went out of their way to make us happy, such as bringing us something to sit on while we waited for a bus and making us feel extra special by lining up to take photos with us. I remember our teacher remarking on how much we had improved when we came back, and I don’t think our class would have done so well had it not been for this trip.