China 2019

Catch all the latest updates from the Verney Road School China trip here in September – “Beijing or Bust!”

Day 6: The Great Wall of China

This morning we travelled to Mutianyu (90 kilometres north-east of Beijing) to visit China’s most famous attraction – the Great Wall of China. Built over 2000 years ago, the Great Wall of China stretches 5000 kilometres from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Walk along the wall …

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Day 5: A day of leisure

Sunday saw the group move locations because of a government gala day in central Beijing to a very NICE hotel in the suburbs. As you can see from the two group photos taken the hotel in magnificent. It was a day of leisure, so they all walked down to a market selling all sorts of …

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Day 4: Summer Palace & Silk Factory

Summer Palace Saturday saw the group visit the Summer Palace, one of the finest landmarks in Beijing. The site has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished when Dowager Cixi began rebuilding in 1888 using money that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy. The huge lake was …

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Birds Nest

Day 3: Temple of Heaven, Olympic sites & an 18th birthday!

This morning the group visited the sacred and architecturally unique Temple of Heaven. Known as Tiantan, it is the perfection of Ming architecture and has come to symbolise Beijing. Built for the worship of heaven and prayer for good harvests, the structure stands at 38 metres in height and 30 metres in diameter, completely balanced …

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Day 1: Arrived safe & sound!

The group departed Melbourne Airport at 9:35am aboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ238 and arrived in Singapore at 3:25pm local time. After a short stopover and quick explore of the amazing Changi Airport, the next flight was onto their destination of Beijing, China on flight SQ806. They finally touched down at around 11:00pm local time (two …

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Verney Road Captains with the $6,000 IGA Cheque

Shopping helps students go to Beijing

Shopper loyalty points, like plastic toys, are an added inducement to customers to spend with them. But unlike most plastic toys, points have a cumulative monetary value. This month, loyalty points have been converted into a substantial amount of money, $6,000. This was the amount that Fairleys SUPA IGA converted donated loyalty points into cash …

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