China’s the world’s fastest growing economy, and this Business school trip itinerary in Shanghai and Beijing gives students an insight into how it all works. Here’s our Business Studies educational tour at a glance:
- Day 1 in Shanghai: People’s Square, Nanjing Road, The Bund
- Day 2: water recycling company visit, Lujiazui (financial district), Shanghai Tower, Huangpu River cruise
- Day 3: WeWork shared offices, talk on Chinese inventions, bullet train
- Day 4 in Beijing: Chinese company visit, business lecture, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park
- Day 5: Great Wall hike, Zhongguancun Software Park incubator, company Q&A
- Day 6: US Embassy/British Chamber of Commerce, Beijing Foreign Studies University business lecture, international company talk
Like what you see? Discover China’s fast-paced business world in the detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Shanghai’s Glitz and Glamour
Shake hands with one of the world’s most developed cities as you explore three of its most famous areas, People’s Square, Nanjing Road and The Bund. Nanjing Road is the world’s longest shopping district, at 5.5km long and with over 1 million visitors a day! That’s 1/8 of London, 1/5 of Sydney or 1/9 of New York.
After a trip briefing, end the day with a delicious welcome dinner.
Day 2: Sustainable Company Visit
On your first morning in Shanghai, you’re learning about sustainability in business. Visit Canature, a water recycling company, who’ve worked with some big names. We’re talking the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 14th World Swimming Championship, and plenty of schools and malls. Look around their office, take a workshop and get inspired by their recycling products.
After lunch, tour Shanghai’s fancy financial district, Lujiazui, and head to the top of the Shanghai Tower for a view of the city that you’ve spent the day exploring.
In the evening, take advantage of the beautiful night lights of the city with an evening cruise on the Huangpu River.
Day 3: Business, Bullet Train, Beijing
This is your last day in Shanghai – so make it count. Head to WeWork, a shared office area, to see how this modern company thrives. Forget the corporate suits you usually associate with success – this is the new world of Chinese business.
Listen to a guest speaker talk about inventions for Chinese people from an international perspective. Then it’s your turn to quiz them – ask questions, make notes and get motivated.
Wave goodbye to Shanghai and hop on a bullet train to Beijing (4.5 hours). This is the world’s longest high-speed railway network and the most extensively used. China’s HSR accounts for 2/3 of the world’s total high-speed railway networks. Impressive!
Day 4: Beijing Imperial History
China is the world’s fastest growing economy. This is your chance to see what it’s all about. Visit a successful Chinese company and tour their offices. Receive a lecture about business in China and take the opportunity to ask questions.
In the afternoon, learn about China’s fascinating imperial history at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the world’s largest imperial palace and has been the home of 24 emperors! Stroll out to the former Imperial gardens, Jingshan Park, for spectacular panoramic views of Beijing.
Finish the day with a delicious Peking roast duck dinner – Peking is the romanized name for Beijing.
Day 5: The Great Wall, minus the crowds
Make your way to the outskirts of the city and take a 2-3-hour hike to a secluded and fantastically beautiful section of the Great Wall. This is one of the most famous sites in the world – but we know China’s ins and outs, so today we’re sidestepping the big tourist crowds.
In the late afternoon, visit Zhongguancun Software Park incubator, specifically designed as a place where small enterprises can grow. Find out about some of the companies there, get to know their products, then participate in a Q&A.
Day 6: Work and Study in Beijing
Your week in China is almost over – so pack in as much as you can today! Start with the US Embassy or the British Chamber of Commerce to learn more about business (dependent on availability).
Once you’ve refueled at lunch, head for the Business Department of Beijing Foreign Studies University. Considering studying abroad? Listen up as you take a tour of the university, then hear a business lecture and interact with students.
You’ve found out what it’s like to study in China, now discover what it’s like for an international company to do business in China. You’ll be hearing from an expert guest speaker – prep some questions on your business ideas for the Q&A session.
Day 7: See you soon!
It’s home time, but it’s not over. China’s fast-paced business world will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond.