During our Sichuan Service Learning in China tour, students’ will broaden their horizons in three iconic locations: Beijing, Xi’An and Chengdu. Among other activities, they’ll hike the Great Wall of China, care for pandas, visit a local school, and learn how to make their own Sichuan food. This school tour is a memorable, educational trip in one of the nation’s most stunning regions.
Read on below to find out all about our amazing China Sichuan Service Learning school trip. But remember – all our trips are fully customisable! Simply enquire with us to learn more, or browse the rest of our China school trips here.
*Prices based on 20 students and 2 free teachers, not including flights.
✓ 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: Welcome to Beijing
Be greeted at arrivals by an enthusiastic Adventure Leader, ready to start your Sichuan Service School Trip in China! After arriving you will be provided with a trip briefing, where your Adventure Leaders will explain details about your travel plans, give advice on how to adapt to the local culture and outline how you will stay safe during your travels.
Take a guided tour of the Hutongs of Beijing. Hutongs are narrow alleyways that wind their way through traditional courtyard homes, offering a glimpse into the city’s rich past.
Day 2: Culture in the City
Embark on an enriching linguistic journey and unlock the door to one of the world’s most widely spoken languages by enrolling in a Mandarin class in Beijing. As the capital of China and a cultural powerhouse, Beijing offers an ideal environment to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Mandarin.
Learn about China’s imperial history at Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City stands as a symbol of China’s rich history and imperial power. Admire a sprawling complex that was once the exclusive residence of emperors for over 500 years.
Indulge in a culinary delight that perfectly captures the essence of Beijing’s rich culinary heritage—the legendary Peking duck. Renowned worldwide for its succulent meat and crispy skin, Peking duck is a must-try dining experience that will tantalize your senses and leave you craving for more.
Day 3: School Visit & Opera Night
Visit a school for the children of migrant workers. A typical visit includes a short welcome ceremony, a number of cultural exchange activities, lunch and then some outdoor games on the school playground. Migrant schools exist for the children of workers families who have immigrated to the big cities and have difficulties entering normal schooling due to residency issues.
Enjoy a world of vibrant colors, captivating melodies, and rich cultural heritage as you experience the mesmerizing beauty of a Peking Opera show. Peking Opera, with its origins dating back over two centuries, is hailed as one of China’s most celebrated art forms.
Day 4: The Great Wall
Enjoy a hike on the Great Wall of China near Hunaghuacheng. The Great Wall in Huanghuacheng provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the wall itself. Imagine standing atop the wall and gazing out at the rolling hills, shimmering lakes, and serene countryside.
Day 5: Xi’An
Venture into a world of ancient majesty at the legendary Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are an astonishing underground army that was created over two millennia ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shi Huang into the afterlife.
Participate in a terracotta warrior making workshop. A terracotta warrior making workshop offers a unique opportunity to channel your creativity and craftsmanship while gaining firsthand knowledge of the intricate techniques employed by the masterful artisans of the Qin Dynasty.
Enjoy a cultural experience in the Muslim Quarter— a fusion of history, religion, and culinary delights. The Muslim Quarter, also known as Huimin Street, harmoniously blends Chinese and Islamic influences, creating a unique environment.
Day 6: Service
Travel to a Children’s Home for disabled children outside the city to help to decorate the Children’s home, assist with tasks such as repainting the walls, farming, and cleaning.
Enjoy a Chang’an (the ancient name of Xi’an) Performance, comprised of music and dance that originated in the Tang dynasty. Prepare to witness performances of several famous pieces and the use of some traditional local instruments.
Day 7: Ancient Wall of Xi’An
Unlock a thrilling and picturesque adventure by biking on the ancient city wall of Xi’an—an experience that combines exhilaration, breathtaking views, and a deep connection with the rich history and culture of this magnificent city.
Day 8: Panda Research Base
Grasp a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Wolong Panda Research Base. Student’s will be able to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures and feed, clean, and nurture the pandas, gaining firsthand experience in their care and wellbeing. Interact with the local caretakers and panda experts who will gladly share their knowledge and expertise, allowing student’s to ask all the burning questions you have about pandas and their conservation.
Visit a traditional teahouse to see Sichuan Opera and the famous face-changing act. Sichuan Opera is a traditional Chinese performance art that combines music, dance, and acrobatics
Day 9: Sichuan’s delicacies
Visit Sichuan Food Museum followed by a cooking class. This museum is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a treat for the taste buds. Immerse yourself into the rich culinary heritage of Chengdu as you discover the secrets behind some of the most famous Sichuan dishes in the world.
Visit one of Chengdu’s old streets full of Chinese charm. Jinli Old Street is a historic pedestrian street in Chengdu that dates back to the Qing Dynasty. Explore the narrow alleyways lined with traditional architecture, and browse shops selling local handicrafts and street food.
Try Sichuan’s most renowned and traditional dish – Hotpot. A must-try experience for foodies. This spicy and flavourful dish is a Sichuanese specialty, featuring a bubbling pot of soup in which diners cook a variety of meats, vegetables, and other ingredients.
Day 10: Departure
It’s time to head back to the airport for your flight home. The Learning Adventure’s mission is to expand minds through transformative travel experiences, so we hope that as you settle into your seat for the journey home, that all you have experienced during your trip will leave you with a feeling of increased confidence, knowledge, understanding and yearning for your next adventure!
Recognise China’s fascinating culture and history through 3 contrasting locations.
Learn more about Sichuan service and Panda conservation.
Appreciate Chinese cuisine, history, art and culture.
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