CHATHAM, NJ - James Cai, Chatham High chemistry teacher and tennis coach, led a group of CHS students on a nine-day tour of China this summer. The trip included stops in three major cities: Beijing, Xi An and Shanghai.

Cai was born in China and lived in Shanghai for 20 years before immigrating to the United States.

"Most of the students that traveled with me were from my chemistry classes from last year," Cai said. "When I was planning for the trip, my goal was for my students to experience the different culture and to visit the city their teacher used to live in, and more importantly to make it a trip for their lifetime. 

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"We had a great time in China visiting the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Great Wall in Beijing; stopping by the Terracotta Warriors, and bike riding in Xi An, and lastly "climbing" to the second tallest building in the world (1614 feet) in Shanghai." 

Cai said the trip was so successful that he'd like to organize another one for next summer.
"I'm working on the details and trying to modify the trip to make it a even better experience for the students," Cai said.