On this Mandarin language school trip to China, improve your students Mandarin skills through daily lessons, interactions with locals and cultural inspiration. Here’s our Mandarin educational tour to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Beijing at a glance:
- Days 1-4 in Shanghai: People’s Square, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Mandarin lessons, Propaganda Poster museum, Tianzifang, Former French Concession, ERA acrobatic & theatrical performance, Yu Yuan Gardens & Bazaar, Lujiazui, Pearl TV Tower, Huangpu River cruise
- Day 5 in Hangzhou: coach, West Lake boat ride, Hefang Ancient Street, Longjing tea fields, night train
- Days 6-9 in Beijing: Temple of Heaven, tea house, Summer Palace, Great Wall hike, Olympic Stadium, Chinese school visit, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, local interaction
Like what you see? Discover China’s beautiful language and culture 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: 你好中国，你好上海！
Step off the plane and hop on the transfer to your city accommodation, whilst you listen to some general knowledge about Shanghai on the way.
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 the population of London, 1/5 of Sydney or 1/9 of New York.
Day 2: Mandarin Language Lessons
It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced. This morning, you’re getting a rigorous series of Mandarin lessons, specially matched to students’ standards.
You’ve learned the language, now discover the history. Learn about communist history at the underground Propaganda Poster Museum. Next up, Tianzifang, a bohemian culture and arts area. Then, carry on the arty vibe at the Former French Concession’s Art Street. Visit quirky cafés and hip restaurants, concept bars and eclectic breweries, pop-up boutiques and experimental art galleries.
Prepare to be captivated, as you watch the spectacular ERA acrobatic and theatrical performance.
Day 3: Culture = Language + Food + Art
Start the day in the same was as yesterday, with two more Mandarin lessons.
After a morning of (mental) hard work, treat yourself to some Xiao Long Bao dumplings for lunch. Tweet us a photo if you want to be on the receiving end of some serious food envy!
Take a chilled afternoon, 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 souvenirs at the Yu Yuan Bazaar, the heart of old Shanghai.
It’s been a day of good food – don’t break the streak. Tonight you’re dining on traditional hotpot, a boiling, fragrant broth. A China must-try!
Day 4: Shanghai’s Glitz & Glamour
Up bright and early, marvel at how fast you’re progressing in your next two Mandarin lessons.
Take a tour of Shanghai’s fancy financial district, Lujiazui. Head up the Pearl TV Tower for a view of the whole city – pick out your favourite spots from the past few days.
Take advantage of Shanghai’s beautiful night lights with an evening cruise on the Huangpu River.
Day 5: Hangzhou
Hop on a coach to reach Hangzhou early (about 2.5 hours drive), then enjoy a boat ride on West Lake. Look out for stunning temples and pagodas on the shoreline. Later, take a walk down bustling Hefang Ancient Street.
Head to the Longjing tea fields to taste some tea leaves. Tea originates in China, so you don’t want to miss this!
Rest up on a night train from Hangzhou to Beijing.
Day 6: Temples & Teahouses, Palaces & Parks
Admire the Temple of Heaven‘s classic imperial Chinese architecture. Then, visit a teahouse – take the chance to experience a Chinese tea ceremony.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace. Walk through the spectacular grounds and take a wooden boat across the palatial lake.
Day 7: 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. Make sure you stop by the Olympic Stadium too – you’ve seen it on TV, now it’s up close!
Feast on a Peking roast duck banquet for dinner. Peking is the romanized name for Beijing.
Day 8: A Day in the Life of a Chinese Student
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.
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.
Day 9: Interaction
There’s plenty of famous landmarks and secret cultural spots, but it’s the people who really make China. Spend a full day interacting with local students. You could be visiting Sun Village, a children centre, talking to kids and planting trees. Alternatively, participate in a seal-making lesson, or have fun on a scavenger hunt in Chuandixia village or one of Beijing’s hutong areas. Hutongs are the traditional courtyard-based residential streets of Beijing.
Day 10: Bye, Beijing!
It’s home time, but it’s not over. China’s unforgettable language and culture will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond.