Get a deep insight into China, one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Here’s our technology school trip 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, business tour & lecture, flight
- Day 4 in Guiyang: Guiyang Big Data Centre, FAST telescope, Big Data Expo
- Days 5-8 in Beijing: flight, hutong tour, Noitom technology, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, kung fu show, Great Wall, Olympic stadium, tech company, Summer Palace
Like what you see? Discover the futuristic world of Chinese tech 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 & Glamour
Step off the plane and hop on your 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 London, 1/5 of Sydney or 1/9 of New York.
Day 2: Old Shanghai
This is your last day in Shanghai, so seize the moment! 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 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!
Next up, 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.
Take advantage of the city’s beautiful night lights with an evening cruise on the Huangpu River.
Day 3: Business Tech
China is the world’s fastest growing economy. This is your chance to see why. Tour the offices of a successful business, receive a lecture, then participate in a Q&A. Got business tech questions? Fire away.
It’s time to say goodbye to Shanghai and hello to new experiences in Guiyang, just a 3-hour flight away.
Day 4: Guiyang Big Data Heaven
Start the next leg of your trip off bright and early at the Guiyang Big Data Centre. It was promoted by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Science and Technology and the Guiyang Municipal People’s Government.
After lunch, visit “FAST”, the Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope. It’s known as the “Eye of Heaven”, because it’s a huge aluminium dish that can peer all the way into space.
Time your trip right and you could even have the chance to visit the Big Data Expo, the world’s first big data-themed expo held in May.
Day 5: Authentic Beijing
Jet to Beijing. In 3 hours, you’ll be in time for a guided walking tour through one of the city’s ancient hutong areas.
Introduce your taste buds to Beijing with Peking roast duck for dinner.
Day 6: VR & Kung Fu
After breakfast, head for Noitom to learn all about (and use!) their VR and motion capture technology, used for the biggest sports games.
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.
Get inspired tonight by The Red Theatre kung fu show.
Day 7: The Great Wall, minus the crowds
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.
Don’t forget to stop by the Olympic stadium to take some quick photos to show everyone back home.
Day 8: Tech Company
Find out what it’s like to work in tech in one of the most forward-thinking cities on the planet. Snoop around the offices of a Chinese tech company, listen to a lecture and ask your burning questions.
Spend a relaxing afternoon at the Summer Palace. Walk through the spectacular grounds and take a wooden boat across the palatial lake.
Say goodbye to China with a delicious Yunnan food dinner.
Day 9: Bye, Beijing!
It’s home time, but it’s not over. China’s tech will follow you and your students back to the classroom…and beyond.