My son returned from China this last Monday, he went as part of his Senior Class trip. Tours are not as expensive as they could be and we have a big China connection at the school, about 1/3 of the students are Chinese. It isn't really a Foreign Exchange Student Program as just a Foreign Student Program, since none of our kids have gone to study in China. One of the languages offered at the High School is Chinese, a growing trend across the country.
Although he has claimed to hate cameras and photography
he did manage to take quite a few pictures and it was nice for his old mom (that would be me) to able to see some portions of his journey.
He really captured some excellent images. I keep telling him he has a lovely sense of composition, even though it is not exactly what a teenager wants to hear.
He said he had no complaints, so I guess it was an awesome tour.
Highlights were the Great Wall and the Acrobats,
and, of course the food, each meal better than the last; Peking Duck, The 18 course Bun Banquet, and Mongolian BBQ. Downsides, though not bad enough to register a formal complaint seem to have been lack of drinking water (for sale only), heat,
and the amount of attention a 6'5" white guy gets in a country
where the average height for a male is 5'6".
He did observe to his dismay gross pollution
notably the air in Beijing (bodes not well for atheletes)
and the Yangtze River. I post here some of the monument and architectural type photos.
All photos photos courtesy of Dexter Simmons, enjoy!