STUDENTS from a school in Wokingham have embarked on a 10-day tour of china, where they visited four cities.

A total of 26 students from The Emmbrook School traveled on 6 planes to visit over 26 attractionsand historical cities on Friday, April 5.

The first stop of the tour was Beijing where the students visited 4 heritage sites including the Olympic stadium and the Tiananmen square.

Belinda Bateman, year 13 head girl at The Emmbrook School, said: “Swarmed with visitors it was hard to admire the square but we soon found ourselves bustled into the forbidden city at one end, which itself is over 961m long.

“What we discovered was a variety of beautifully decorated and colourful buildings all with unique pieces of history and meaning.”

The students also visited the Great Wall of China, Belinda believes the wall is bigger than people think.

She added: “The second day was packed with visits to the Great Wall, which is much steeper than you think entailing a 40-minute climb of over 200 steps and that wasn’t even the very top.”

Other stops across the 10-day tour included Shanghai and Hong Kong visiting museums, Buddha temples and a Volkswagen manufacturing plant.

Belinda was extremely grateful for the experience the trip gave her.

She said “Embarking on our flights home as sad but before we knew it our 16 hours of travel were over and we were back home in England, exhausted but all of us thankful for such an amazing opportunity."