Tailor-made Trips to China
School trips to China are rocketing in popularity as its global importance and influence grows. The third largest country in the world, it has scale, grandeur, history, culture and controversy; the perfect ingredients for a fascinating trip.
Capture your students’ imagination at the Forbidden City, the imperial palace from the Ming and Qing dynasties; visit Tiananmen Square, the site of so many important events in Chinese history, marvel at the ancient Terracotta warriors and of course take a walk along the Great Wall of China, one of the great wonders of the world. From the ancient to the modern, whatever your discipline there is so much to pack into your itinerary that is sure to challenge and inspire your students in this unique and awesome country.
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Reasons to Visit
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China was built over more than two thousand years. Construction on the first section began between the 7th and 6th century BC, and the last work on the wall was done between the 14th and 17th centuries. It is one of the Great Wonders from the world and is said to be the only man made object visible from space.
Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
Tiananmen Square was the original gate to the Imperial Palace, and has been burnt down and rebuilt many times between 1417 and 1651. Today, it is remembered as the place where Mao Tse-Tung declared the foundation of the Peoples Republic of China (1949) and more recently was the scene of the 1989 Massacre.
Friendship Store (Beijing)
In the 1980s, every major town had a Friendship Store. The chain was started in the late 50s as a sign of friendship between the Chinese and foreigners when China first opened to the outside world. The Friendship stores have now evolved into a six-story department store selling foreign and domestic goods that welcomes everyone.
Oriental Pearl Tower (Shanghai)
The Oriental Pearl Tower stands by the bank of Huangpu River. The tower is 468 metres high and is the highest TV Tower in Asia and the third highest one in the world. The sight-seeing floor in the brilliant upper sphere is 263 metres high and 45 metres in diameter and is the best place to get a bird's-eye view of Shanghai.
Olympic Green - Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube
See how Beijing's Urban Landscape has been transformed by the 2008 Olympic games. Beijing's National Stadium is located at Olympic Green and covers an area of 258,000 square metres. The glittering National Aquatics Centre, the Watercube, is another highlight of Olympic Green.
Regarded as a national art form which combines music, singing, dialogue, pantomime, acrobatics and martial arts. Beijing Opera actors and actresses have to meet more requirements than that in other forms of performing art.
Silk Alley (Beijing)
The new Xiushui Market is a modern five-story building that stands just next to the former grounds of the Silk Street clothes market. The imposing structure has a strong traditional Chinese flavour. With about 1,500 stalls, the market is much bigger than the former street, selling bags, cases, shoes, silk goods and Chinese paintings traditional crafts.
Beijing Yanjing Brewery
Yanjing Beer Group was established in 1993, but the brewery itself was founded in 1980. Now Yanjing Brewery has developed into one of the largest beer producing enterprises in China. It covers a market share of more than 11% nationwide and boasts 29 affiliated companies, including 21 breweries and 8 relevant or attached enterprises. Its general factory in Beijing is the largest Brewery in Asia. The company also makes soft drinks. The Brewery tour lasts around 1.5 hours and begins with an introduction to the company on film. Then visit the production workshops – including scarifying and fermenting and canning.
Shanghai Volkswagen Auto
Shanghai Volkswagen, established in 1985, is a Sino-German car making joint venture. With an annual capacity of 600,000 cars, it is one of the biggest modern production bases in China. Shanghai Volkswagen has 5 production areas, a technology development center and has produced seven series products. The tour of Shanghai Volkswagen Auto lasts around 1.5hrs and begins by viewing the company’s introduction film. Then visit the third factory’s product exhibition hall, the Press workshop, the body workshop and assembly workshop. A film about the history of the company ends the visit.
Shanghai Yakult Milk Co.
Find out more about Yakult's commitment to maintaining the quality of its service to all customers and its understanding of the need to support this unique product with a comprehensive education program by visiting its modern production lines.
Shanghai Financial District
The Financial District in Shanghai is the most prosperous business center in China. Known as Chinese Wall Street, the Shanghai Financial District gathers more than 600 Chinese and foreign banks and financial institutions.
Three Gorges Dam
Enormous and ambitious - these are just two of the words to best describe China's Three Gorges Dam. It's the world's biggest dam at 185 metres high and 2.3 kilometres wide. The dam's construction is simply one of the greatest achievements in the field of engineering. Although accused of being environmentally dangerous, many would agree it is a tourist attraction for its sheer scale as well as historical and educational value.
Forbidden City (Beijing)
The Forbidden City was the former imperial palace, which was the home to twenty four Chinese emperors over 491 years between 1420 and 1911. The Forbidden City is now known as the Palace Museum and is open to Beijing’s visitors. Wear comfortable walking shoes as the palace is 960 meters long and 750 meters wide.
Shanghai Harbour Cruise
Huangpu River, a symbol of Shanghai, originates in Dianshan Lake and empties into the Yangtze River at Wusongkou. It is 114 kilometers long and 400 meters wide. The river divides Shanghai into east and west. Ships depart from the Bund sail to Huangpu Bridge in the south, turn and head north towards Wusongkou, and return to the Bund.
Chairman Mao's Mausoleum (Beijing)
The Mausoleum memorialises the founder and first Chairman of the People's Republic of China, who passed away at the age of 82 in 1976. It provides people with a place to show their respects to Chairman Mao. His body lies in state on a bed covered in a crystalline sarcophagus and surrounded by flowers. During the day his coffin is raised by an elevator and is on display for all to see, and at night he is lowered back into his earthquake proof chamber beneath Tiananmen Square.
Hutong & Courtyard
A Hutong is a unique form of community that exists only in China. Here, you will find "Hutong Culture" and "Courtyard Culture". "Hutong" literally means a small street or a lane between two courtyards, although the word can also mean a community within the city consisting of hutongs and residences.
Kung Fu Show
You will see power and grace combined in a demonstration of the art of Kung Fu by masters which has inspired the great action heroes of today's movie blockbusters.
Jade Buddha Temple (Shanghai)
This is one of Shanghai's few active Buddhist temples. The seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, is said to weigh 1000kg. Jade Buddha Temple was founded in 1882 with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma by sea. The temple now also contains a much larger reclining Jade Buddha, donated from Singapore, and visitors sometimes mistake this larger sculpture for the original, smaller piece.
Shanghai Bao Steel Corp.
Shanghai Bao Steel Corporation is the most competitive steelmaker in China. The main steel business of Bao Steel focuses on the production of hi-tech and high value added premium steel and has an annual production capacity of around 30 million tons. Whilst maintaining its dominance in the domestic market, Baosteel’s products are also exported to over 40 countries and regions in the world including Japan, South Korea, Europe and America. The tour lasts 1.5hrs and includes a visit to Hot Rolling Factory, the port, the blast furnace and the sculpture of the Golden Finger.
Beijing Zoo mainly exhibits wild and rare animals growing in China, such as the Panda and the Golden Monkey. Also, it boasts many rare animals from all around the world, such as White Bear from the North Pole, Kangaroo from Australia, Zebra from Africa. Moreover, heads of states gave some of the animals.
Temple of Heaven (Beijing)
The Temple of Heaven was completed in 1420, but has been expanded over the years by two Qing Dynasty Emperors. Quinian Hall, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, with the three blue tiled cone shaped roofs, has become a worldwide symbol of Beijing.
Small Three Gorges
The Small Three Gorges on Daling River, situated on a tributary of the Yangtze, are much smaller, narrower and have some dramatic scenery to offer. On both sides impressive stone cliffs are interspersed with surrounding rural scenery and forested areas.
Take the opportunity to meet staff and students at a local school. Practise your mandarin or just take the time to get an insight into the Chinese education system.
Yangtze River Cruise
Take an internal flight to Chongqing before boarding your 5* boat for a 3 day cruise through the spectacular scenery of the Yangtze river. A truly unforgettable trip you will take in the new town of Fengdu after the old town was flooded due to the damming project. Cruise through the Three Gorges - Qutang, Wu and Xiing - and visit the the dam itself. This cruise is the perfect case study for KS5 students.
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre
This hall was built to show the achievement of the city planning and construction. The main body of the building covers Shanghai's development from ancient times to the present and beyond. The theme of this building is 'City, People, Environment and Development'. There is a city model made to a scale of 1/500 as well as depictions of Shanghai streets in the past and a hi-tech virtual reality of Shanghai of the future.
Grand Canal Cruise (Suzhou)
Taking a boat ride on the old Canal gives a full view of the landscape of a typical river town in southern China. The unique characteristics of the past are still retained in the houses and stone bridges. The double-chessboard layout of the city, with the streets and rivers going side by side while the water and land routes run in parallel, is preserved intact.
Ming tombs (Beijing)
The Ming Tombs are the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). They have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all 13 mausoleums are very similar but vary in size and complexity of their structures.
Museums of Chinese Revolution & History (Beijing)
The Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution share a single building complex, which runs more than 300 meters north and south along the eastern side of Tiananmen Square. The four-story main building with its two symmetrical wings was built in 1959 as part of the project to build 10 monumental buildings in Beijing.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum (Xi'an)
This is the most significant archeological excavation in the 20th century, and work is still ongoing. It was first discovered when a group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well in 1974. Archeologists were alerted and soon established they were from the Qin dynasty (211-206 BC). Altogether approx 8,000 pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons have been unearthed to their former grandeur, it was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987.
Wild Goose Pagoda (Xi'an)
The 7-storey high Great Wild Goose Pagoda was built in 652AD. It is a striking elegant building and is the symbol of Xian. The famous Buddhist monk Xuan Zang returned from a 17 year pilgrimage and the square pagoda was built to house the 600 or so Buddhist texts that he had collected in India.
Bell Tower (Xi'an)
The Bell Tower is a stately traditional building, which marks the geographical center of the ancient capital. The wooden tower, which is the largest and best preserved of its kind in China, is 36 metres high. It stands on brick base 35.5 metres long and 8.6 metres high on each side. During the Ming Dynasty, Xian was an important military town in Northwest China, a fact that is reflected in the size and historic significance of its tower
Chinese Acrobatic Show
Among many art forms in China this has been performed for thousands of years and requires great agility. It is an exotic entertainment from a Chinese acrobatic troupe
You have the opportunity to attend a cookery demonstration where chefs will prepare Chinese cuisine's most popular dishes. Throughout, you will be provided with background information on the various ingredients and cooking techniques.
Yuyuan Gardens & Bazaar (Shanghai)
The gardens are regarded as the finest example of the classical garden style used in Shanghai. Built in the mid 1500's during the Ming Dynasty, the Yuyuan Gardens are actually a combination of gardens laid out in an intricate manner along with a series of buildings and courtyards. Today the area is also home to a lively market that specializes in traditional Chinese arts and crafts.
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