Lincoln-Way Students Travel to China for Spring Break
Friday, April 17, 2015

The Chinese culture came to life for 13 Lincoln-Way students who traveled to China during spring break with Mandarin Language teacher Holly Wang.

We packed a lot in and students were thrilled to see so many historical landmarks and experience the culture of China for themselves, said Wang.

The trip included a stop at the Summer Palace and the National Stadium in Beijing. In the Olympic Park, students visited the Birds Nest and Water Cube.

Students also traveled to the center of Beijing for Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, where the imperial palace was home to 24 emperors from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. From the mountain at Coal Park, students had a full view of the Forbidden City.

Lincoln-Way Central student Steven Miller said he enjoyed seeing the beautiful gardens throughout their trip and bartering with street vendors in Chinese.

I was able to apply some of what I learned in class like asking for directions and figuring out prices, said Miller, who is in his second year of Chinese class at Lincoln-Way. I decided to take Chinese because it will open so many career opportunities for me like if I want to become a translator in the military or a specialist in the business world.

Lincoln-Way West student Bret Jones said the lights of Shanghai were among his favorite parts of the trip.

Like his classmates, Lincoln-Way West student Sean OReilly enjoyed the private gardens and bartering on the streets for bargains.

I decided to take Chinese because its a language that is growing in popularity and I knew it would be useful for my future because Im going into the computer field, OReilly said.

Highlights of the trip was the more than 600 year old Great Wall, the Sacred Way with its stone animals and officials to guard the Emperors Tomb, and the Temple of Heaven.

Students took a high-speed train traveling approximately 200 miles per hour to Suzhou City where they went to the Cang Lang Ting built 1000 years ago in the Song Dynasty and the citys landmark Tiger Hill.

The trip also included a cruise on the West Lake in Hangzhou City and a stop in the water town of Xitang. Wang said students really enjoyed seeing the water town where residents travel by gondola.

Students were awestruck by the sky scrapers and hustle and bustle of Shanghai.

The students in my Chinese class are really open to trying new things and taking on challenges, said Wang, who has been studying Chinese for ten years and taught English in China for three years. It was a joy to take Lincoln-Way students to China for the first time and next year, we hope to open the trip up to more students.