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By Yang Feiyue | China Daily| Updated: 2023-06-08 Print


Students visit the bridge science museum next to the Balinghe Bridge in Anshun, Guizhou province. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Learning tours prove popular with primary, secondary school pupils

Zhang Wanling recently learned a lot more about bridges.

The primary school student from Anshun, Guizhou province, toured the Balinghe Bridge in the city's Guanling Bouyei and Miao autonomous county. She saw various sections of this massive steel structure and learned how physics, chemistry and geology play roles in allowing suspension bridges to be built in mountainous areas.

"By studying the Balinghe Bridge, I learned about the differences among beam, arch, cable-stayed and suspension bridges," Zhang said. "The engineers responsible for such constructions are truly remarkable."

With its deck standing at a height of 370 meters, the Balinghe Bridge is one of the tallest nationwide. Visitors strolling among the clouds along a sightseeing pathway on the bridge appreciate the mountain valley scenery and the convergence of nature and modern technology.

Policy incentives, diverse experiences and improved services are fueling such student learning trips.

A recent report from the China Tourism Academy showed that a rising number of tours offer learning experiences for students.

More than 6 million people embarked on study tours last year, more than the pre-pandemic total of 4.8 million in 2019, data from the National People's Congress' Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee show.

Reservations for such trips more than doubled for the May Day holiday, domestic online travel agency Trip.com Group reported, and as summer approaches, inquiries about such tours continue to grow.

Wu Ning, an official at the bridge science museum situated next to the Balinghe Bridge, said, "We have developed study programs for children of different ages, from elementary to middle and high schools."

The museum showcases the history, technical innovation and craftsmanship of the numerous bridges in the province. It also displays model bridges and the components required for building bridges.

Wu said the Balinghe Bridge study tour helps students improve their understanding of bridge construction, while stimulating their imaginations and creativity.

Since last year, the museum has been visited by more than 600 schools for educational activities. On campuses with a total of some 50,000 teachers and students, it has also introduced over 100 activities themed on the science involved in building bridges.

"We've received very positive reviews from our visitors," Wu said.

The bridge is among the growing number of educational tourism hot spots across the country.

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