From the roots of the ancient silk road to its modern-day revival, this itinerary takes students to the country’s four most important trade cities throughout the centuries: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu & Shanghai.
This immersive look at China’s story of economic growth includes Q&A sessions with cutting edge companies, visits to manufacturer companies, as well as visiting amazing historical sights and enjoying outdoor activities, students will tour local companies and a factory and see the dynamism of the world’s fastest-growing economy first-hand.
Our school trips are completely customizable and can be tailored to meet your requirements. Additional destinations are available for this theme including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Tianjin. Speak to a specialist now to find out more.
*Prices based on groups of 20 students with 2 free teacher spots.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive and transfer into the city and check in to accommodation. Students will go to a welcome dinner where we will have our trip briefing about what to expect during their time in China.
Day 2: Company Visit
Day 3: Beijing of the Past
Go back in time as we travel to the outskirts of the city and hike a secluded and incredibly beautiful section of the Great Wall while avoiding the crowds. The Great Wall is acknowledged as one of the world’s great works of engineering. Optional: Request our Great Wall Engineering activity (includes worksheet). Upon returning to the city, students will be led on a guided tour through Beijing’s Hutongs – the old but well-preserved alleyways that have served as local neighborhoods since the 1200s. (Want to go deeper? Ask our specialist about our Hutongs worksheet.)
Day 4: Tech, Trade & Temples
Day 5: How Chinese Students do Tech
Visit a Chinese school/University, specially matched for their heavy focus on STEM subjects. Typically, students will take a school tour, join some lessons, eat lunch and participate in technology focused activities such as a Robotics program or another tech related course alongside Chinese students. Please note that your students will be expected to prepare gifts and a speech or performance for the welcome ceremony in advance. Visits are not available in July, August or over Chinese New Year. Then, we catch the night train to our next stop, the Ancient World’s trade capital and mother of the Silk Road, Xi’an.
Day 6: Origins of the Silk Road
Arrive in Xi’an and drive outside the city towards the Terracotta Warriors. One the world’s most mysterious necropolises and a scientific marvel (just 1% of the whole complex has been excavated!). After checking into 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.