BC offers Mandarin Chinese language classes starting at the middle school level, but the trip to China is being organized through the social studies department, where the country plays a role in the two-year global studies course all students take.
Though the students traveling to China have to carry a visa issued by the government in addition to their passports, many of the restrictions formerly imposed on visitors have been lifted in recent years. Many parts of country are now hotspots for western tourists.
Students will pay about $2,900 for the entire trip, including room and board. There is no impact on the district's budget.