Ahhhh…spring break! Just those two simple words bring back memories of trekking south with friends for some sunshine and fun. But even if I went nowhere it was still a week off of school, much needed R&R. While the “official” history of spring break has no true origins, there is a lot of speculation about its purpose: celebrating the return of spring, having a holiday around Easter weekend, observing “study week” or “reading week” to avoid academic burnout, or just being a college student tradition (for some) of, well, partying.
As spring breaks approach in our area, we hear about planned trips to exotic locations – far more thrilling than the trips we used to take. Wow, how lucky are our children?! Sometimes it’s nice to simply stay home and relax with no pressures or homework; other times there’s an urge to travel to warmer weather or simply explore different places.
Schools here have their week off at different times – most unfortunate if families have children at different schools. While some call it Spring Break, others will say Term Break, Easter Break or something else just to denote some time off to recharge everyone’s batteries. For those schools whose breaks are not around a Chinese holiday, it may well be a good time to travel when the rest of the country is not. If staying in Beijing, the weather is warming up enough to enjoy some outings on the town with family.
Some Shunyi school spring breaks:
- International School of Beijing (ISB): March 26-30
- Dulwich College Beijing: March 30-April 6
- Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA): March 30-April 6
- British School of Beijing (BSB): March 30-April 9
- Western Academy of Beijing (WAB): April 2-6
- Harrow International School Beijing: April 2-13
- Beijing Rego British School: April 30-May 4
- International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB): April 30-May 4
Photo by astrolame of flickr.