This Cultural school/university trip to Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing guides you through China’s rich history, religion and arts. Here’s our Culture educational tour program in China at a glance:
- Days 1-3 in Shanghai: People’s Square, Nanjing Road, the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, Yu Yuan Bazaar, Lujiazui, Shanghai Tower, Huangpu River cruise, Chinese school visit, night train
- Day 4-5 in Xi’an: Terracotta Warriors, city walls bike ride, Drum & Bell tower, Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter market, night train
- Days 6-10 in Beijing: kung fu lesson, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Great Wall hike, Olympic Stadium, acrobatic show, Confucius Temple, Lama Temple, Summer Palace, hutong guided tour, Pearl Market
Like what you see? Discover the fascinating culture of 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 Hot Spots
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 the population of London, 1/5 of Sydney or 1/9 of New York.
Get completely settled in with a welcome dinner and trip briefing.
Day 2: Yu Yuan Gardens
Take a chilled morning, 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 last-minute souvenirs at the Yu Yuan Bazaar, the heart of old Shanghai.
For lunch, we recommend Shanghai’s famous Xiao Long Bao dumplings. Tweet us a photo if you want to be on the receiving end of some serious food envy!
Once you’ve refueled, take a tour of Shanghai’s fancy financial district, Lujiazui, and head up the Shanghai Tower for a view of the whole city.
Enjoy an evening cruise on the Huangpu River for more amazing views of the Shanghai skyline.
Day 3: Chinese School Visit
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. (Note that visits cannot be arranged in Chinese school holidays.)
Wave a sad goodbye to Shanghai and a happy hello to Xi’an as you rest up on the night train, ready for a big day tomorrow.
Day 4: Terracotta Warriors
No trip to Xi’an is 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.
Take a bike ride around the top of Xi’an’s ancient city walls. Look out onto the views of the city and pick out a few of the spots you’ll be visiting next.
Finish off the day with a stroll to see the Drum and Bell tower lit up at night.
Day 5: Great Wild Goose Pagoda
Forget the Leaning Tower of Pisa, this morning Xi’an presents you with the Great Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s a Buddhist holy place that leans to the West.
Sample the unique flavours of Hui Muslim food. Then, soak up some history in the Muslim Quarter market. This is where traders from across the Silk Road first settled in China.
Hop on the night train to Beijing.
Day 6: Beijing’s 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.
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.
Feast on a delicious Peking roast duck dinner – Peking is the romanized name for Beijing.
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.
On the way back, stop by the Olympic Stadium to pose for a seriously Instagram-worthy photo.
Rest your legs in the evening with an amazing acrobatic show.
Day 8: Cultural Beijing
Visit the Confucius Temple to learn about the father of Chinese philosophy and Confucianism. Next up, head to Lama Temple, one of Beijing’s most influential Buddhist sites.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace. Walk through the spectacular grounds and take a wooden boat across the palatial lake.
Try traditional hotpot, a boiling, fragrant broth used for self-cooking an assortment of meats and vegetables. A China-must-try!
Day 9: Hutong
Go on a 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. Next, visit a teahouse and experience an authentic Chinese tea ceremony.
Picked up a few Chinese phrases on your trip? Test out your language skills as you haggle for last-minute souvenirs at the Pearl Market.
Day 10: Home Time
It might be home time, but it’s not over. China’s incredible culture, history and religion will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!