Cultural & Enrichment Trips to China
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Tang Dynasty Show (Xi'an)
A performance of music and dance that originated in the Tang Dynasty over a thousand years ago. It has been recreated in accordance with various historical records and ancient arts and relics discovered in Xi'an, the capital of the empire throughout the Tang Dynasty regime.
This demonstration of Chinese calligraphy shows the equipment used, the method of preparing Chinese ink, the traditional way to fold the paper, and of course how to handle Chinese brushes. You can also see learn how to lay out the Chinese characters, by folding and then unfolding the paper to provide guide lines.
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.
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.
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