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Local pupils learn from Chinese tourism expert

22 November 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan invites schools to international geography event

Local schoolchildren have received a special geography lesson from a tourism expert who flew to the UK from China specifically to deliver it.

Over 80 young people from around the county came to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston to learn about the growth of the tourism market in China, which is fast becoming one of the biggest in the world.

Professor Feng Ling from the Beijing International Studies University, China, visited Preston to share his specialist knowledge on the development of eco-tourism in China.

He said: “Ecological tourism has gradually become a new lifestyle trend in China. It’s now developing rapidly and for young people looking to work in tourism it’s important they have a wide knowledge of the industry on a global scale. With China becoming such a big player for both incoming and outgoing tourism, I wanted to share my expert knowledge in this field from a Chinese perspective.”

“The event proved what a fabulous case study China is in the study of Geography at GCSE, A level and beyond. My pupils feel inspired to learn more about this vibrant and interesting country.”

Andrea Reeves, a geography teacher from Ss John Fisher and Thomas More RC High School, commented “The event proved what a fabulous case study China is in the study of Geography at GCSE, A level and beyond. My pupils feel inspired to learn more about this vibrant and interesting country.”

Daniel Simm, a 15-year-old pupil from the school, said: “I’ve really enjoyed learning about a completely different culture and seeing the impact of tourism in China has allowed me to view the subject from a different perspective.”

Professor Feng Ling was joined by several other guest lecturers at the day-long event organised by the UCLan Confucius Institute which promotes Chinese language and culture within the local community.

Feixi Yu, the Director of UCLan Confucius Institute, commented: “We are delighted to welcome local schools to the University to join a panel of experts in discussing tourism and its global importance. We hope to inspire more young learners through the study of China.”