This Photojournalism school trip includes daily photography classes with our resident professional photographer. Learn the theory, try it out in practice, then hone your skills capturing the culture and nature of Beijing’s architecture, Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors, Guilin’s indigenous people and Yangshuo’s river life. Here’s our Photography educational tour at a glance:
- Days 1-3 in Beijing: hutong tour, photography lessons, Temple of Heaven, tea ceremony, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Great Wall, Summer Palace, night train
- Day 4 in Xi’an: photography lesson, Terracotta Warriors, city walls cycling, Drum and Bell tower
- Days 5-6 in Guilin: flight, Longji rice terrace fields, landscape photography lesson, hike, interact with and photograph Miao indigenous people, transfer
- Days 6-7 in Yangshuo: open-air natural theatre, water & mountain photography lesson, bike ride, bamboo raft photography, Moon Hill hike, transfer
Like what you see? Discover the incredible settings you could photograph in our detailed itinerary below! But remember, all our school trips are fully 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: Authentic Beijing
Step off the plane, transfer into the city and say hello to Beijing with a 2-hour guided walking tour through 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.
After checking into your accommodation, listen up at a trip briefing so that you’re ready for the week ahead.
Day 2: City Photography
It’s your first morning in China, so make it count! Kick off with your first photography lesson, fully tailored to your students’ levels of experience and skill. You’ll be set photography assignments that correspond with the day’s itinerary.
Hit the Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see classical imperial Chinese architecture. Then, head to a teahouse to experience a traditional tea ceremony.
There’s no better way to be introduced to Beijing that with a banquet of Peking roast duck – Peking is the romanized name for Beijing. After you’ve refuelled, it’s on to 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.
Transfer to an unrestored section of the Great Wall for an unforgettable day tomorrow!
Day 3: Great (Wall) Snaps
Okay, tick off the bucket list. Start bright and early. Hike up the Great Wall for a magnificent sunrise. You’ll be taught about sunrise/sunset photography and shown how to experiment with aperture, silhouettes, exposure length and more!
Once you’ve rested your legs at your accommodation, transfer back into the city. Finish up where you left off yesterday, continuing your tour of Beijing. Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace. Walk through the spectacular grounds and take a wooden boat across the palatial lake.
Hop on the night train. Wave a sad goodbye to Beijing and a happy hello to Xi’an.
Day 4: Xi’an on Film
This is the ancient world’s trade capital and the mother of the Silk Road. You’re going to want to capture Xi’an on film, so start the day with a photography lesson.
No trip to Xi’an would be 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. Ask our specialists about the worksheets available for this visit to ensure you get the most out of this historic and scientific marvel.
Then, it’s back to the city for a bike ride around the top of Xi’an’s ancient city walls. They are China’s best-preserved city fortifications. Contrast the old historic city with the soaring skyscrapers of modern Xi’an.
Sample the unique flavours of Hui Muslim food, before walking it off to see the Drum and Bell tower lit up at night.
Day 5: Sunset on the Rice Terraces
Catch your flight to Guilin, a popular city for nature lovers and climbers in the Guangxi province.
Head for the verdant Longji rice terrace fields. They’re a seriously iconic sight.
After a landscape photography lesson, practise capturing the sunset and night sky.
Day 6: Portraits of the People
The local inhabitants of this region are the Miao indigenous people. They’re well-known for their hospitality, love of singing and richly embroidered traditional wear. Take a morning hike through the remote rice-terrace covered areas. Stop at small hamlets to chat to and photograph the locals. Make sure you get permission before you take snaps of anyone though!
Rest up on your transfer to Yangshuo.
Greet Yangshuo culture with to a stunning performance in an open-air natural theatre. The show’s called ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’ and is a beautiful night light show.
Day 7: Yangshuo’s Nature
Begin with a photography lesson on capturing water-based photos as well as the mountainous landscape. Then, head off on a short cycling route. Once you’re acquainted with the area, take your cameras onto your bamboo rafts to take incredible photos of river life and the surrounding scenery.
Head to Moon Hill, an example of one of the many karst formations in this area. After a short but challenging hike, relax in the underground mud caves.
Remember to shower, then move on to Guangzhou.
Day 8: Home Time
It might be home time, but it’s not over – China’s stunning scenery will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!