On the eighth day of their trip, the students finally got to visit the world famous Great Wall of China! The Great Wall was built in the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. It is also considered one of the 7 wonders of the world! At the wall, students faced the challenge of climbing the steep, narrow, and uneven stairs while looking over the cliffs of the Chinese mountains. The president of China claims that you can only be a hero after climbing the Great Wall and now our students know why.
After the Great Wall, SOS stopped at the famous National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest, for photo opportunities. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics and will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics. The incredible ingenuity fascinated our students and allowed them to see construction using the newest technology in order to provide a facility capable of hosting such an honorable competition. After visiting these sites, the group made their way to a local restaurant for their last dinner in China. The students enjoyed a delicious farewell peking duck dinner, while everyone shared their experiences of the trip.