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Grade 6 Qiandaohu Experience


Qiandaohu Grade 6 Trip is located Zhejiang Province, at the Thousand Island Lake not far from Hangzhou.

The HIS Grade 6 Program is supported by the Karst Climber outdoor education company who provide quality staff, equipment, and locations for student experiential learning.

The grade 6 trip will begin with one day at HIS where teachers will organize activities and provide overviews. The students will spend 4 days and 3 nights away from 17 - 21 May.

Qiandaohu (Thousand Island Lake) is an area conveniently located near Hangzhou. The site is quiet and scenic with facilities and infrastructure to accommodate small to mid-sized groups and makes for a great introduction to outdoor trips.


See photos posted from the 2019 Grade 6 Trip here. 













The layout and variety of activities make Qiandaohu suitable for short trips for Grade 6 participants. The TRY programs are great for building confidence in the outdoors, leaning basic new skills and especially working on team building, problem solving, support and acceptance.



Day 1 - May 17

Arrive at HIS
Activity on / off campus during the day
Activity arranged by HIS teachers TBD
Students transfer home at 3pm by bus or walking

Day 2 - May 18

Transfer to Qiandao lake site from HIS (driving 1.5 hours)
Greetings, Introductions, and Program Expectations
Ice-breakers & Games
Camp-set up skills
Camping / Hotel
Dinner at hotel & Bonfire
Group Meeting, Journal

Day 3 - May 19

Mixed Breakfast
Rafts building Design Project- Execution & Testing
Packed lunch
Hiking (14-15 km hike to see Qiandao lake landscape)
Hotel Dinner
Hotel Stay @ Green town resort hotel
Group meeting, Journal / Talent Show Practice


Day 4 - May 20

Mixed Breakfast
Kayaking / Biking Activities
Biking / Kayaking Activities
Group Meeting
Hotel Stay @ Greentown resort hotel

Day 5 - May 21

Mixed Breakfast
High Ropes Activity 
Return to Hangzhou (1.5 hour by bus)

Program Highlights


  • Team Games and Ice Breakers - best done upon arrival, for instructors and participants to get familiar with one another, stretch after the long drive and have some fun.
  • Hiking - 14-15 km hike to showcase up the mountains to showcase the view of Qiandaohu, it offers a good variety of educational moments where participants can practice and apply school-learnt science knowledge.
  • Raft Building & Design Activity - an extended activity where the groups have to use creativity, artistic talent, marketing and economic skills plus some smart design to build functional, efficient equipment. 
  • Rope Course- a series of rope challenges for individuals and groups. While they are personal challenges , for each individual to overcome their limitations, to stay focused and problem solve, a big emphasis is put on peer support.
  • Kayaking activity - an chance to kayak on Qiandaohu in groups, experiencing an island hunt
  • Biking activity - Mountain bikes provided - students will be biking on the bicycle trail with a support van following with water / snacks
  • Camp Set-up skills - students will learn how to set up tents and sleep in the outdoors. 
  • Campfire cooking - students will be able to make and cook their own dinners using items provided by the Karst program. These can be both vegetarian and meat options


Food & Accommodation
Catered food - food is provided at the hotel’s restaurant and Karst will make sure to choose a menu that offers variety and a good nutritional value for young children. Most of the items are Chinese cuisine representatives. Breakfasts are supplemented by Karst Climber with items most students would be familiar with ( toast, eggs, bacon, cereals & milk).

During activity days, snacks, fruit and water are provided to keep the energy levels high.

Hotel - accommodation is provided within walking distance to most activities; The hotel is relatively new, they are in the mid range category and allows participants a comfortable stay for the program, with a good meeting and dining space.

HIS Teacher Chaperones

  • Ms. Yoyo Zhang (
  • Mr. Kyle Kresge (
  • Ms. Jenny Wang (
  • Mrs. Katherine Foster (
  • Mr. Matthew Cushman (
  • Ms. Rhiannon Johnson (
  • Mr. John Willoughby (
  • Dr. Matthew Baxter (

Karst Climber Staff Contact information

  • Ginger 18690612955