China’s rapid development has led to a high level of pollution. On this Environmental Science school trip to China, discover how Beijing and Shanghai are working on a sustainable future. Here’s our educational tour at a glance:
- Day 1 in Shanghai: People’s Square, Nanjing Road, The Bund
- Day 2: water recycling company visit & workshop, Lujiazui (financial district), Shanghai Tower, Huangpu River cruise
- Day 3 in Beijing: Shanghai Sewage Treatment Plant, bullet train to Beijing
- Day 4: Shougang Waste Factory, garbage disposal process, Summer Palace
- Day 5: Great Wall hike, bamboo bike workshop
- Day 6: Tianmo desert
- Day 7: kung fu lesson, Temple of Heaven, teahouse, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park
Like what you see? Discover the emerging world of sustainability in China 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: Shanghai’s Glitz and Glamour
Touch down and get a little pre-trip prep on the transfer to your accommodation before your afternoon gets going.
It’s your first afternoon. Shake hands with one of the world’s most developed cities as you explore three of its most famous areas, People’s Square, Nanjing Road and The Bund, to learn about China’s rapid urban development. Nanjing Road is the world’s longest shopping district, at 5.5km long and with over 1 million visitors a day! That’s 1/8 of London, 1/5 of Sydney or 1/9 of New York.
After a trip briefing, end the day with a delicious welcome dinner.
Day 2: Water Recycling Company Visit
On your first morning in Shanghai, you’re learning about sustainability in business. Visit Canature, a water recycling company, who’ve worked with some big names. We’re talking the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 14th World Swimming Championship, and plenty of schools and malls. Look around their office, take a workshop and get inspired by their recycling products.
After lunch, tour Shanghai’s fancy financial district, Lujiazui, and head to the top of the Shanghai Tower for a view of the city that you’ve spent the day exploring.
In the evening, take advantage of the city’s beautiful night lights with an evening cruise on the Huangpu River.
Day 3: Shanghai Sewage & Bullet Train to Beijing
Spend the morning at the Shanghai Sewage Treatment Plant. Learn about the sewage treatment process and raise your awareness of the crucial work they’re doing to protect the environment.
Hop on a bullet train to Beijing – it only takes 4.5 hours, gettingg you to the next leg of your journey by the evening. They know what they’re doing – this is the world’s longest high-speed railway network and also the most extensively used.
Day 4: Shougang Waste Factory
It’s your first day in Beijing, so pack it all in! After breakfast, head for the Shougang Waste Factory, used to improve the ecological environment of Beijing after the successful bid for the Olympics. Then, pop in to see the garbage disposal process.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace. Walk through the spectacular grounds and take a wooden boat across the palatial lake.
Day 5: The Great Wall & Bamboo Bikes
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.
In the late afternoon, get crafty at a bamboo bike workshop. Learn the processes involved in creating China’s most commonly used transportation. You’ll be talked through design, sustainability and ethos.
Day 6: Tianmo Desert
Spend most of the day in Tianmo, a small desert you’ll reach by coach. You’ll see mountains, a reservoir and sand dunes – a stark contrast to the city! You might even spot filming going on. The Tianmo Film and Television Base is located there, specifically to film for movies with desert scenes.
Day 7: Kung Fu & Imperial History
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. Go visit a teahouse – take the chance to experience a Chinese tea ceremony.
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.
There’s no better way to say goodbye to Beijing than with a Peking roast duck dinner – Peking is the romanized name for Beijing.
Day 8: Bye, Beijing!
It might be home time, but it’s not over. China’s environmental world will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond.