This Geographical exploration school trip is perfect for groups looking to examine China’s landscapes, human-physical interactions and environment. Here’s our Geography educational tour in Beijing, Longji and Yangshuo (Guilin) at a glance:
- Days 1-4 in Beijing: hutong tour, Great Wall, acrobatics show, kung fu lesson, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Summer palace, Geography lecture, teahouse, flight
- Days 5-6 in Longji: Longji rice terrace fields, hike, meet minority tribes, transfer
- Days 6-9 in Yangshuo: cooking class, rock-climbing on karst peaks, local farming, bike ride, limestone peaks, Yulong river, bamboo rafting, mud baths, hot springs, Moon Hill hike, research rural China with local experts, West Street, flight
Like what you see? Discover China’s fascinating geographical world in our 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: Hey Beijing!
Step off the plane at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to your accommodation to settle in.
Shake hands with China’s capital on a guided walking tour through one of Beijing’s ancient hutong areas. Hutongs are the traditional courtyard based residential streets of Beijing.
Finish off your first day with a welcome dinner in a traditional Chinese restaurant.
Day 2: The Great Wall
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.
It’s been an active day, so relax at an amazing acrobatics show.
Day 3: Imperial China
Start the day with a busy morning. First, have fun and test out your skills at a kung fu lesson, then continue on to the Temple of Heaven to see classic imperial Chinese architecture.
You’ve seen imperial architecture, now 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.
Refuel with a delicious Peking roast duck dinner – Peking is the romanized name for Beijing.
Day 4: China’s Geography
Spend a relaxing morning at the Summer Palace. Walk through the spectacular grounds and take a wooden boat across the palatial lake.
Refuel at lunch. Then pens clicked, notepads out. Listen up at a Geography lecture. Topics range from the difference between Northern and Southern Chinas’ climates, Beijing’s geography and the impact of urbanisation. Afterwards, visit a teahouse – take the chance to experience a Chinese tea ceremony.
Day 5: Longji, Guilin
Hop on a 3-hour flight from Beijing to Guilin in order to transfer to Longji for the afternoon. Marvel at the stripy green wonder of the Longji rice terrace fields.
Tonight, you’ll be staying in the heart of the countryside, in the terrace fields themselves.
Day 6: Minority Tribes
Hike through rice paddies and meet minority tribes. Challenge yourself to reach viewing points, like “7 stars and 1 moon” and “9 dragons and 5 tigers” for the most Instagrammable snaps.
Rest up on your transfer to Yangshuo.
Once you arrive, spend the rest of your day making dinner at an authentic Chinese cooking class.
Day 7: Local Farming
Get your game face on. This morning, you’ll be rock climbing on Yangshou’s karst peaks. This activity has been fully risk-assessed, and you’ll have an instructor and safety gear, so enjoy the thrill of climbing one of the world’s most famous rock-climbing sites.
Now it’s time for something a little closer to the ground. Try your hand at local farming and help out a local village community. Yangshuo is implementing organic farming, and this is your chance to be a part of the difference.
Day 8: Karst Scenery, Mud Baths, Hot Springs
Soak up the sun as you continue to explore the countryside on bikes, stopping off at limestone peaks as you cycle alongside Yulong River. Then, admire the beautiful karst scenery on bamboo rafts. Don’t worry – we’ve risk-assessed this all and bamboo rafting is a lot gentler than white-water!
Give your muscles some well-earned TLC as you relax in the mud baths and hot springs at the back of a 2km deep cave. Refreshed, hike to the top of Moon Hill, a famous natural landmark, and take some mental snapshots of the incredible view over Yangshuo.
Day 9: Research Rural China
Spend the day researching and discussing challenges facing rural China, as well as the effects of tourism on a LEDC, with local experts.
Pick up some last-minute souvenirs in Yangshuo’s West Street.
Time to say goodbye to Yangshuo and jet off for a final night in Beijing. Don’t forget to spot the scenic spot that’s on the back of the 20rmb note on the way to the airport though!
Day 10: Home Time
It’s home time, but it’s not over. China’s geography will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Understand the relationship between migration and economic development in both urban and rural China.
Explore a variety of breath-taking landscapes including rice terraces, karst mountain ranges and urban metropolises.
Engage in a range of in-depth experiential learning activities, like hikes, rock-climbing and meeting indigenous communities.
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