An action-packed trip awaits students who embark on this very special sports itinerary across China.
Playing competitive and friendly matches with local clubs & schools, learning Chinese Kungfu, watching a live sports event in futuristic Shanghai, and an epic trek on the Great Wall guarantee a variety of vigorous activities for students.
Also included in the trip are the most iconic sights and sounds of China. We traverse from China’s modern political capital: Beijing, to its ancient one: Xian, then to its richest economic capital: Shanghai.
Our school trips are completely customizable and can be tailored to meet your requirements. Speak to a specialist now to find out which additional destinations and itineraries are available for this trip.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students with 2 free teacher spots.
Day 1: Welcome to China
Arrive and transfer into the city. After checking in, students will be given a trip briefing about what to expect during their time in China. We finish off the afternoon by going to a traditional Chinese meal.
Day 2: Meet the Local Team
We start the day with some culture. Students will be led on a guided tour through Beijing’s Hutongs – the old alleyways that have served as local neighbourhoods since the 1200s. Then, we move to the Lama Temple, Beijing’s most iconic bastion of Tibetan Buddhism. In the afternoon, we will visit a Sports Club tailored to your requests (already know what kind of sport you’d like to practice? Tell our specialist now). Students will be introduced to the business and participate in some drills and play in a friendly match, or, practice together with the local team. We finish the day off with a hearty feast of Roast Peking Duck.
Day 3: Rematch
In the morning, we go back in time as we travel to a secluded and incredibly beautiful section of the Great Wall while avoiding the crowds. Students will go on a short morning hike for few hours. After stopping for lunch and catching our breath, we head back to the Sports Club for a second session of drills and a final contest of skills.
Day 4: Kungfu
The first activity today is a Kungfu lesson in a local spot popular with Tai chi practitioners. After an intense morning, students will relax with some culture: We visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and Jingshan Park for a panoramic view of no less than three Unesco World Heritage sites. Following this, we catch the night train to our next stop, the Ancient World’s trade capital and mother of the Silk Road; Xi’an.
Day 5: China’s Ancient Capital
Arrive in Xi’an and drive outside the city towards the Terracotta Warriors. One the world’s most mysterious necropolises (just 1% of the whole complex has been excavated!) and a scientific marvel (ask our specialists about the worksheets we have available for this visit). After checking in to our accommodation, we go to Xi’an’s historic Muslim Quarter market with all its sights and sounds. This is where the traders from across the Silk Road first settled in China. Students will sample the unique flavours of Hui Muslim food before finishing the day with an evening stroll to see the Drum and Bell tower lit up at night. (Too much touring, not enough sports? We’ve got you covered – ask our specialists what sport activities we provide in Xi’an)
Day 6: Run/Bike around the City!
The morning starts with Xi’an’s absolute must-do; the bike ride around the top of Xi’an’s ancient City Walls (Want to run on the walls instead? Ask our specialist about arranging this). They are China’s best-preserved city fortifications and an excellent way to compare and contrast the old historic city with the soaring skyscrapers of modern Xi’an. We then head to the Shaanxi National Museum; one of China’s most impressive museums as well as home to fossilised remains of the Lantian Man (oldest remains of Homo Erectus). We finish the day at the Great Wild Goose Pagoda: deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its religious and architectural significance. Finally, we say goodbye to Xi’an and board the night train to Shanghai.
Day 7: Stadium Spectating
Arrive and transfer into the city. After checking in, students go on a walking tour of People’s Square & Nanjing Road where one million people shop every day and upwards of a billion RMB (1,000,000,000,000) changes hands. We then go to the world’s biggest Starbucks! This roastery not only delivers its famous coffee but also some history and insight into how they make their signature blends (drinks not included). Then, it’s on to the highlight of the day: Students will be going to watch a professional sports match (know what kind of sport you’d like to watch? Tell our specialists now)
Day 8: Match-up with a Chinese School
In what is certainly a very special event, students will be visiting a Chinese school, to play a friendly sports game. Typically, students first take a school tour, join in some lessons, then play a match with local students. We end the day after a meal alongside Chinese students. (Visiting schools should prepare gifts and / or a small performance for the welcome ceremony in advance.) Please note visits are not available from middle June to September or over Chinese New Year. (interested in developing a sister school relationship in China? Let our specialists know)
Day 9: See Shanghai
Students visit Old Shanghai to visit the Yu Yuan Gardens and the nearby City God Temple Bazaar to see the local markets in action. Then, for lunch, it’s Shanghai’s famous Xiao Long Bao dumplings. Next, we tour Shanghai’s dramatic financial districts, Lujiazui, and head to the top of the Pearl Tower. In the evening, our guides explain Shanghai’s colonial history as we walk around The Bund. We finish the day with an evening cruise on the Huangpu River alongside this historic district. (Too much touring, not enough sports? We’ve got you covered – ask our specialists what sport activities we provide in Xian)
Day 10: Continue The Learning Adventure At Home
We say goodbye to our guides and trip leaders and transfer to the airport. Apply what we’ve learned from our experiences here back at home.