Never a day without the endless escapade of a street vendor, and today was no different in Shanghai. First on the agenda was a waltz down the prestigious Nanjing Road, famous for its many varied shops selling old and new items. We all had a lovely time exploring vast shops of international labels. Despite few of us having enough available funds for the high end labels, we all managed to have a great time. Discovering new Chinese labels was quite an experience.

In the afternoon we had the opportunity to go to a market to purchase those last minute gifts for family and friends.  This huge multi story market was enough to make some faint. Filled with endless stalls and shops it was a maze waiting to be uncovered. With lots of us buying the famous “Dr. Dre Beats” it soon became a must have and almost every student purchased a pair.

After dinner we attended the famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show. As everyone’s expectations were high from the Kung Fu show in Beijing our expectations were high.  Once we walked into the impressive theatre we realised this would be a show to remember. With death defying stunts, and never before seen routines it got us thinking, how do they do that? By pushing the boundaries of the human body these acrobats managed to pull of manoeuvres we never thought possible. Sadly the show came to an end, but there was one boy we will remember forever as he was more flexible and stronger than you could ever imagine. This was a wonderful last night in Shanghai and a very fitting end to an amazing trip.  This will be our last blog entry as we begin our journey home tomorrow. We look forward to seeing our families and sharing our experiences.

By Alex Fry and Marcus Stack

From the teachers

As our journey comes to an end, it has been an absolute pleasure to share the Big Experience with these 28 students. They have made the most of every opportunity presented to them and have remained cheerful and positive at all times throughout the trip. They have been a credit to their parents, their school and their country. 

Liz Ware, Craig Tyrrell, Nancye Banks