On Wednesday, April 24, high school students went on a field trip to a place called Yingde. It is a famous place for tea, and students have learned everything from how to grow tea to how tea is made. After many students learned the whole process of making tea, it became a time to be thankful to realize that their favourite tea was not made easily. There are three students’ thoughts about this field trip.
The best day of the year! We had a lot of fun picking tea leaves. After that, we received a meaningful lecture on the history of tea in China and we just got a chance to make our own tea. Also appreciate the amazing milk made with the famous Yingde black tea! Wish we have another wonderful and well-organized field trip like this!
——Michael from Grade 12
The environment there was very beautiful and suitable for spring field trip. I already felt the nature on the highway. When we got to the tea garden, there were chickens, ducks and geese all over the place. Free-range meat was still very compact and tasty. The staffs welcomed us and then after lunch, and taught us how to pick tea one leaf at a time. We put on colourful local hats, and went down to the fields together to check the high temperature of more than 30 degrees. Well, we were half an hour short of tea in the tea garden.
After the work, we went back to the lounge and lined up to buy milk tea that the staffs made by themselves. It was pretty nice to drink milk tea, but I felt it was expensive at the same time. This was a free spring outing, and a cup of milk tea to buy 20 RMB made me sad. However, the hot weather made students ran to buy it. Then we watched professor’s professional techniques and terminology and it was incredible.
——Amanda from Grade 11
On a bright sunny morning, our CIS High Central High School set foot on the road to Yingde. On the way to the destination, everyone seemed to be possessed by devils and very quiet. We arrived at our destination. The staffs warmly welcomed us, and the first time they gave us tea, we had a feeling of appreciation for the president. Then, we ate fresh, organic delicacies. After some rest, we officially began to pick up the tea leaves. Then we followed the professor to see the correct way of cooking tea.
At the same time, many of the students were able to taste real milk tea. Then we set foot on the homeward journey. On our way back to school, we had many students acting on our own dull itinerary. Although we spent seven hours in the car, we still have a lot of money to learn about the real culture of tea.
——Derek from Grade 10
Most of the high school students attended the field trip, which left a strong impression on them. The results of the work they did under the hot sun made them think a lot of things, and consequently the students were able to become a little more mature.
From the excitement on the bus, the hard work of picking leaves, a cup of iced milk tea, and the process of making tea have become one big experience for the high school students! Many students hope they want to do some activities like this again next time!
——Written by Jina Kim from Grade 11