Nicolson pupils scale the heights in Shanghai

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A group of Western Isles students from the Nicolson Institute in Stornoway headed out to the Far East recently and discovered the hospitality and culture of the Chinese people, making new friends and also strengthening the bonds of the Isle of Lewis community.

Fundraising activities to support the trip saw the students spending many hours in Tesco and the Co-op bag packing, as well as partaking in many other forms of fundraising.

On the day of the journey 13 tired teenagers and three teachers finally touched down in Shanghai, so glad to see solid ground again after a gruelling 24 hours travelling. The first thing that struck them was how much they stuck out, and how much the locals weren’t afraid to show this.

The students had the happy coincidence of being in China at the same time that “Expo” was being shown. Expo is held every four years, and it allows participating countries to display their achievements, exports and generally advertise themselves to the world.

On another day in Shanghai the group visited the Oriental Pearl Tower and went up to 1148 ft the highest platform allowed. On this floor they could step outside onto a glass platform that circled around the tower. Here they were able to see Shanghai from a great height. They also visited the City Temple, here were able to see the grand architecture that ancient China is famous for.

Read more about the group’s travels and their cultural lesson in China in this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, May 26th.