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LUCKY sec­ond year busi­ness stud­ies stu­dents from Sal­ford City Col­lege’s Ec­cles Sixth Form Cen­tre went on the trip of a life­time to the Chi­nese cap­i­tal Bei­jing ear­lier this month, as a sup­ple­ment to their A2 In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Stud­ies.

The pur­pose of the trip was to give the stu­dents an un­der­stand­ing of Chi­nese cul­ture and the way that busi­ness is con­ducted in China, both of which are es­sen­tial re­quire­ments for the A-Level Busi­ness Stud­ies spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Whilst on the trip, the stu­dents vis­ited var­i­ous lo­cal busi­nesses, in­clud­ing the Huiyuan juice fac­tory, the Jin­gling brew­ery and a jade fac­tory.

They also had the chance to put their busi­ness skills to the test by hag­gling with ven­dors at a tra­di­tional Chi­nese silk mar­ket.

Cul­tural high­lights of the trip in­cluded a trip to The Great Wall, which gave the stu­dents stunning views across the land­scape of Eastern China, and a mind­blow­ing acro­bat show at the Bei­jing Theatre.

Vis­its to Tianan­men Square, Bei­jing Old Town and the Li­u­miny­ing Eco-Vil­lage also pro­vided the stu­dents with an in­valu­able in­sight into both an­cient and mod­ern Chi­nese cul­ture.

Natasha Toubkin, busi­ness stud­ies cur­ricu­lum leader at Ec­cles Sixth Form Cen­tre, said: “The trip was a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to see the real world of busi­ness in ac­tion, and gave them valu­able en­rich­ment to their study of in­ter­na­tional busi­ness.

“The stu­dents learnt a lot about the cul­ture of China and how this links to their busi­ness deal­ings – knowl­edge that would be very dif­fi­cult to teach in the class­room.”

The trip also proved popular with stu­dents.

Scar­lett Tyrell, 17, from Wors­ley said: “Go­ing to China was an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence, and a once-in-a-life­time trip.”

Class­mate Christo­pher Royle, also 17, added: “It was the best week of my life.”

Sal­ford City Col­lege busi­ness stud­ies stu­dents vis­it­ing Tianan­men Square in Bei­jing

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