Day 1 and 2

Day 1 and 2.

What a big two days.

Day 1 started with the bus ride down to Melbourne with many excited students. We arrived to huge lines at the Air China check in, but once through there it was nice and quick getting through customs. Whilst we had a slight delay getting off the ground, it was nothing compared to the annoyed Jetstar travellers off to Honolulu who were delayed 7hrs.

The flight was smooth with varying levels of sleep amongst the staff and students. It didn’t feel like it had taken 11 1/2hrs. We landed and caught a bus into the terminal. Soon we were navigating our way through Chinese customs. The airport felt huge and we even had to catch a train to another terminal to collect our luggage.

We were finally on the road to our hotel and the one thing that stood out was how much greener Beijing was than Shanghai. As with the Shanghai, the traffic was intense. We arrived at our hotel and the kids were impressed. They were even more impressed when they got to breakfast. There was a wide variety of foods and they even managed to find ice creams!

Soon we were at Tiananmen Square. The security there was very visible. The students were doing a fantastic job, especially considering it was 37 degrees. From here we walk through to the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City stretched 1km and was quite amazing. The attention to detail was breathtaking. Our guide Jerry, did a good job trying to explain some of the history.


After a traditional lunch we were off on Rikshaws around the Hutong, an old, traditional part of Beijing. The streets were tight and full of locals who were working on the houses. The Rikshaw riders did well carting us around. Soon were at one of the traditional houses for Calligraphy and paper cutting lesson.

Dinner was next and again it was fantastic, the highlight being Peking Duck. We were soon back at the hotel and it didn’t take long to get the students off to bed. Tomorrow, The Great Wall of China

One More Sleep

Tomorrow is the big day for Team China Bendigo!

2.30 at Tom Flood.  Students look for your teacher. We want to be on the road around 2.45pm.  Our Flight is Air China CA 166 departing at 8pm.  Remember to have shorts and a hat in your day bag, just in case we don’t get access to our bags when we arrive nice and early at our Hotel.

We will arrive around 6am on Thursday morning. As students might not get to contact parents on the first day, we will attempt to upload something here on the blog to let everyone know that we have made it.

See you all tomorrow.

5 Days To Go!

Team China 2019 is off in just 5 days.

Just a few reminders.

  • Be at Tom Flood Sports Complex at 2.30pm on Wednesday, we will depart at 2.45pm.
  • $20Aus in day pack for airport.
  • Our Air China flight -CA166 departing at 8pm.
  • No more than 100ml in liquid to be packed.
  • It is suggested to have a pair of shorts in day pack for when we land – it is going to be hot!
  • China is 2 hours behind us time wise.

Our 2nd Pre Departure Day

Today Team China Bendigo had our second Pre Departure Day. The students participated in 3 activities, washing and packing clothes, bargaining in a respectful way and going over how to move safely around the cities that we are visiting. The students got to ask some more questions about the trip. We also got a visit from Cr Rod Fyffe.

Pre Departure Day2



Day Two

Tuesday May 7th


Activity One



Activity Two


Activity Three









Bartering and Bargaining in a Respectful Way.

Risk Management Discussion and Scenarios


1.       On and off the trains

2.       What to expect at the airport

3.       Etc..


AND Where in the World

Packing and Laundering


What to pack, what sort of luggage will work best for you and how to do your laundry – hotel style!




Arrive Gym Maple St Campus Golden Square Primary School

Access via MacKenzie St West. Students eat lunch and catch up with their travelling buddies.


1.00 pm

Whole Group: Overview of the Afternoon

Question and Answer Session – based on the questions asked after the last pre-departure activity day.

1.15pm Group 1 Group 2 Group 3
1.45pm Group 3 Group 1 Group 2
2.15pm Group 2 Group 3 Group 1
2.45pm Finish and Return to School or Parent Pick-Up as Arranged.