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Parents opt for overseas trips and 'education through entertainment'

2017-November-22       Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

A growing number of families are sending children on study tours in foreign countries, as Zhao Xinying reports.

Popular destinations

In-depth cultural experience in Florida, United States:

Dates: Late January to early March

Duration: Two weeks

Cost: 39,000 yuan ($5,885) per person, which includes registration fee, transportation, board and lodging, tuition and insurance

Appropriate ages: 10 to 16

Major activities: Visiting Universal Studios and experiencing film production; visiting local museums, universities, fire departments and farms to meet members of staff and farmers, and become immersed in the local culture; other entertainment and sports, such as making handicrafts, learning to bowl and playing baseball with local students

Short-term study and travel in London:

Time: January to February

Duration: Two weeks

Cost: 38,000 yuan per person, including visa, transportation, board and lodging, tuition and insurance

Appropriate ages: 11 to 17

Major activities: Studying at a middle school in London on workdays and taking courses including history, arts, French, physical education, math and cooking; taking sightseeing tours at weekends to scenic spots, such as the River Thames, Royal Greenwich Observatory and Buckingham Palace

Immersive study tour to the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Time: Early January to mid-February

Duration: Two weeks

Cost: 37,000 yuan per person, including registration, visa, transportation, insurance, and board and lodging

Appropriate ages: 11 to 14

Major activities: Visiting Long Beach and experiencing surfing; visiting theme parks and observing local wildlife, such as koalas and kangaroos; a one-day visit to Brisbane and a two-day trip to Sydney; living with host families

STEAM training tour, Singapore

Time: Late January to mid-February

Duration: One week

Cost: 17,000 yuan per person, including visa, flight tickets, insurance, board and lodging

Appropriate ages: Primary and junior middle school students

Major activities: Visiting the Singapore Science Center and Nanyang Technological University, taking robotics courses and visiting the National Gallery Singapore to experience the island's STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education; touring scenic spots and experiencing local food to gain a deeper understanding of Singapore

Editor: Monica Liu

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