FROM Shanghai to Yiewsley, 10 Chinese pupils had an experience to remember during a trip to one of the borough's two academies.
Stockley Academy has been in partnership with Ganquan Middle School in China for over a year and this was the first student visit between the two.
After arriving at Heathrow Airport and doing the obligatory London sightseeing, the 10 students visited the Academy in Park View Road, Yiewsley, for a week of learning.
Among the elements Stockley was keen to show off, in addition to its attractive buildings, was their innovative 'Lego classroom' which launched last October.
Ian Storey, principal, said: "One of the many reasons we have partnered with Ganguan School is their amazing location in Shanghai.
"The feats of engineering used in the city's skyscrapers are absolutely breathtaking and we will be taking the opportunity to share some of the fabulous sights in our capital too.
"This initiative is an exciting way for schools to pool ideas and educational experiences whilst addressing the cohesion of the wider global community."
The students also joined in an English Mandarin speaking Shakespeare lesson, a music class with African drums, and spent time telling Stockley students about their lives in Shanghai.
During the visit the Chinese students were accommodated at Brunel University, one of the Academies main sponsors.
It was perhaps an apt location, considering that the Chinese Olympic squad are considering using Brunel University in Uxbridge as a pre-games training base for 2012.
There are plans in motion for an exciting reciprocal visit of Stockley students to Ganquan Middle School in the Autumn term.