On this Music school/university trip to Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, learn Chinese instruments, rehearse with music students in China and watch professional musicians perform. Here’s our Music educational tour program at a glance:
- Days 1-5 in Beijing: hutong tour, Chinese school visit, Chinese music performance, Great Wall hike, acrobatic show, 798 art zone scavenger hunt, joint performance with Chinese students, Chinese instruments music lesson, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, night train
- Days 6-8 in Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter market, Drum & Bell tower, city walls bike ride, Xi’an Music School rehearsal & joint performance, shadow puppet workshop, zaran dyeing workshop, night train
- Days 9-11 in Shanghai: Yu Yuan Gardens, Yu Yuan Bazaar, Lujiazui, Shanghai Tower, the Bund, ERA acrobatic & theatrical performance, Zhujiajiao Water Town gondola ride, Tianzifang, former French Concession’s art street
Like what you see? Discover China’s rich and varied music 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: Hutong Tour
Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to the city. On your way, listen up as your guide tells you some general knowledge about the area.
Get introduced to Beijing with a guided walking tour of one of the city’s ancient hutong areas. Hutongs are the traditional courtyard-based residential streets of Beijing, where you can understand more about local life.
Get totally settled with a welcome dinner and trip briefing.
Day 2: Chinese School Visit
Make lifelong friends at a local Chinese school, specially matched to meet your school’s curriculum and students’ educational Interests. Typically, you’ll take a school tour, join in with some lessons, play sports and eat lunch. If you want to be popular, prepare gifts and a performance for the welcome ceremony in advance. (This activity isn’t possible in Chinese school holidays.)
Relax and get cultural. Spend your evening being captivated by a Chinese music performance.
Day 3: 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.
Rest your legs in the evening with an amazing acrobatic show, followed up by a hearty Peking roast duck dinner.
Day 4: Music with Chinese Students
Head for 798 Art Zone, a series of architecturally unique 50-year-old decommissioned military factories now packed with urban art and artists. Discover the most impressive finds with a scavenger hunt – you could even invite some Chinese students to join!
Team up with Chinese students to rehearse this afternoon, then give a spectacular musical performance together.
Day 5: Chinese Instruments
You might be expert violinists and pianists, but today you’re trying your hand at something new. Take a music lesson with a difference – learn to play instruments like the erhu, pipa and guzheng.
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.
Wave a sad goodbye to Beijing and a happy hello to Xi’an. Rest up on a night train so you’re ready to explore your next destination!
Day 6: Hit Xi’an
No trip to Xi’an is complete without popping out of the city and venturing into China’s ancient past with the Terracotta Warriors. Thousands of terracotta warriors were buried with the emperor, as there was a belief that they would come alive and protect him in the afterlife.
Soak up some history in the Muslim Quarter market. This is where traders from across the Silk Road first settled in China.
Sample the unique flavours of Hui Muslim food. Stroll it off with a walk to the Drum and Bell tower, which looks incredible when it’s lit up at night!
Day 7: Joint Performance with Xi’an Music School
Take a bike ride around the top of Xi’an’s ancient city walls. Look out onto the views of the city and pick out a few of the spots you’ve already visited.
Visit Xi’an Music School, interact with its musically gifted students and play your instruments together.
Now you’ve rehearsed, put on a public performance on Datang music street.
Day 8: Craft Day
Roll up your sleeves for an artsy morning. You could either be creating puppets for a shadow play or doing zaran, a traditional Chinese hand-dyeing method. Then, head for Shaanxi History Museum to learn about the ancient imperial capital of China.
Hop on a night train to Shanghai.
Day 9: Yu Yuan Gardens
Take a chilled morning, strolling around the Yu Yuan Gardens to learn more about Chinese garden art. Yu in Chinese means pleasing and satisfying – and you’ll see why. Think lush greenery, serene waters and ornate pavilions. Then, try local delicacies or pick up some last-minute souvenirs at the Yu Yuan Bazaar, the heart of old Shanghai.
For lunch, we recommend Shanghai’s famous Xiao Long Bao dumplings. Tweet us a photo if you want to be on the receiving end of some serious food envy!
Once you’re refuelled, tour Shanghai’s fancy financial district, Lujiazui, and head up the Shanghai Tower for a view of the city that you’ve only just started exploring. Then, walk round one of Shanghai’s most iconic areas, The Bund. Soak up some in-depth info about China’s rapid urban development from your guide.
Watch the spectacular ERA acrobatic and theatrical performance.
Day 10: Zhujiajiao Water Town
Trade the hustle and bustle of the city for Zhujiajiao Water Town, a beautiful, well preserved ancient town on the outskirts of Shanghai. Take a serene gondola boat ride on the canals.
It’s your last full day, so seize the moment! Visit Tianzifang, a bohemian culture and arts area. Wander around the former French Concession’s art street to learn all about colonial Shanghai. Discover colonial mansions and hear the who-what-where-when-why of the formation of the French Concession. Visit quirky cafés and hip restaurants, concept bars and eclectic breweries, pop-up boutiques and experimental art galleries.
Day 11: Home Time
It might be home time, but it’s not over. China’s music will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Learn the basics of how to play one Chinese instrument.
Appreciate Chinese music, from ancient to modern genres.
Improve communication skills as students participate in a music exchange with a local school.
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