So far, several provinces, including Sichuan, Hunan and

Guangdong, have integrated study travel into teaching programs for primary and middle schoolers.

A number of middle schools in Beijing have already developed study tours that cover Jiangsu pro

vince’s Nanjing and Zhejiang province’s Hangzhou, as well as Canada and Australia, for their students.

“The original purpose of bringing study tours into students’ comprehensive performa

nce evaluation is good, because the tour will broaden their knowledge and stimulate their interests,” says Zhang.

“It’s a good complement to closed-classroom education.”

The education systems of many developed countries have schools that encourage study tours.

In Japan, numerous schools have well-established study tours fo

r their students, while a considerable number of private schools in the UK, the US, Aust

ralia and New Zealand have arranged for students to take themed education tours.

However, Zhang cautions that it has to be voluntary on the students’ part and parents sh

ould choose products based on their children’s interests and the family’s financial circumstances.

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