China City Tour

Derby Business School students travelled to China in September 2019. During the 10 day trip they visited Shenyang, Beijing, Hefei and Shanghai.

The China Summer School was an eventful trip with the students visiting places including BMW, Liaoning Provincial Museum, Shenyang Imperial Palace, Beiling Park, Forbidden City, Sanhe Ancient Town, Chaohu Lake, Nio and iFLLYTEC. They also had academic visits to Liaoning University, Hefei University and Anhui University. Economics student Maryam shares her experience in her vlog.

Day 1

The students arrive at Liaoning University and get to meet their fellow Chinese students. In Shenyang the students visited Brilliance Auto BMW, which is an automobile manufacturing company. They had a tour of the factory and a talk about the production, distribution and sale of BMW cars in China. The students then went to look around Liaoning Provincial Museum to discover the history of China.

Students at BMW factory in China
Student outside BMW

“We spent the longest part of the summer school based at Liaoning University in Shenyang. We were all given a Chinese student buddy who spoke good English and helped us settle in. This buddy system was amazing as it allowed us to ask so many specific questions we had about China and the culture.” Jack Whatling – BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance

Day 2

The students had some downtime and the opportunity to explore the City, visiting Shenyang Imperial Palace, Beiling Park and taking part in a Table Tennis competition with their fellow Chinese students. They finished the day with a certificate ceremony. 

Students at Imperial Palace
Students at the Imperial Palace

“China was a place that I had never thought about travelling to, but it has opened my mind to explore every corner of the world! My favourite part of the trip was our time spent exploring Shenyang, we went to a bar with some amazing views of the City” Oliver Griffiths-Smith - BA (Hons) Economics for Business

Day 3

After visiting Dandong, the students made their way over to the Hushan Great Wall. They first had a talk about the history of the Great Wall and then climbed it to take in the spectacular views.

View from the great wall
View from the Great Wall

“The standout experience for me would have to be the Great Wall of China, which is an extraordinary sight. We made great friendships among each other and with our Chinese guides who helped us learn about the culture and the country.” Liam Farrell - BA (Hons) International Business

Day 4

The group spent the day at Liaoning University, they took part in a business seminar and then fully embraced the Chinese culture by attending a calligraphy activity class and took part in a dumpling making competition.

Students in calligraphy activity class
Students at calligraphy activity class

“The experience I had in China was absolutely unforgettable. We visited six 6 different cities and experienced the different food, culture and traditions in each one. The friendships we made with students at Liaoning University was my favourite memory to take away.” Kiran Kular - Economics Joint Honours

Day 5-6

After a busy day travelling the students arrived in Beijing and had the opportunity to walk around the City, visiting the Summer Palace, TianAnMen Square and the Forbidden city.

Students in Beijing
Students in Beijing

Day 7-9

The students arrive in Hefei and visit Hefei University and Anhui University, taking part in a business seminar. They then walked around Sanhe Ancient Town and Chaohu lake.

Students at Hefei University in China
Students visit Hefei University

“This trip was incredible, I had the most amazing time and got to meet so many people from different cultures. The trip has really expanded my world view and I now have new ideas for my career.” Maryam Adesoji - Economics and Finance student

Day 10

On the final day of the trip the students visited the World Manufacturing Convention, Nio and iFlytek. At Nio they toured the factory and listened to a talk about designing and developing electric autonomous vehicles.

Students visit NIO factory in China
Students at iFlytek, a Artificial Intelligence company