The language of the future
China is the fastest growing economy in the world and Mandarin is set to become the language of the future. Mandarin is on the school curriculum and a language option for primary school children. About 300 secondary schools in the UK are already teaching Mandarin, with many more set to follow their lead. A school trip to China is ideal for consolidating this learning and a wonderful way to broaden your student's cultural experience.
We’ve put together an exciting itinerary which combines visiting some of the world’s leading cultural attractions, with opportunities to learn and practice this rich language in a local setting.
Like all our language tours, we arrange your visits for you and your national and local guides accompany you to every venue and are with you throughout your stay. We also provide educational structure through our worksheets which will engage and focus your students in every environment.
You will have two types of guide during your school tour. One will be a national guide who will accompany you from the beginning to the end of your visit to China. In each city they will be joined by English-speaking local guides, who will provide the group with information in Chinese as much as is appropriate for your group.
All Chinese lessons included in your tour will be led by professional teachers. We will work with you to tailor the lessons to the ability of your students, from complete beginners upwards.
Our programme of evening entertainments aims to expose your students to a diversity of Chinese culture, including its evocative street culture, high culture and of course, Chinese cuisine. We also aim to give your students the opportunity to meet and mix with children the same age from a local Chinese school. Whilst we will encourage students to speak and listen in Chinese, help will always be on hand.
Cross curriculum excursions (Beijing)
- Forbidden City
You'll need a whole day to explore this enormous, awe-inspiring palace. With nearly 1000 buildings, it is the largest palace complex in the world. It was an imperial palace for about 500 years under the Ming and Qing dynasties.Today, it is a treasure trove of artefacts and a wonderful place to discover more about traditional Chinese architecture.
- Tiananmen Square
To get a feel for modern Beijing you need to head to this famous square. The area feels immense as it covers 40 hectares. It is still used for big celebrations and social occasions and it's a great place for students and kite flyers! Visit at night to see all the buildings lit up magnificently.
- Great Wall of China
This iconic landmark is over 8,850 km (5,500 miles) long. You can visit several sites along the wall from your centre at Beijing. Some parts are recommended because they have been restored, while others have beautiful views so decide what you want from your excursion beforehand. Don't forget to wear walking shoes as it can get a bit bumpy underfoot as parts of the wall are crumbling away.
- Ming Tombs
After a visit to the Great Wall, why not take a look a the mausoleums built for the Ming Emperors. Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, only three of the tombs are open to the public.The Dingling and Changling tombs and the Sacred Way are highlights of the tour.
- Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is a wonderful idyllic retreat in the north western district of Beijing. The stunning royal garden has beautiful buildings, towers and pavillions, as well as lakes and bridges, and is known locally as Yiheyuan. Best to visit early in the day or in winter to avoid the crowds!
- Temple of Heaven
In the south eastern part of Beijing you'll find the Temple of Heaven. Often called the most beautiful set of buildings in Beijing, the temple is considered a Taoist place of worship. The park covers over 2.73 km² and is divided into three areas that were constructed following the rules of feng shui. The park is popular with the locals for exercising and flying kites so it's also a great place to experience the way of life in China!
Cross curriculum excursions (Xi'an)
- Wild Goose Pagoda
To get some of the best views over Xi'an visit the magnificent pagoda in the southern part of the city. The Buddhist pagoda was built in 652 AD during the Tang Dynasty. An earthquake in 1556 toppled a few storeys and the current pagoda stands at 64 metres tall.
- Terracotta Army
This famous collection of over 7,000 life-size pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons was unearthed in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The figures were made for the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 246 BC to protect him in the afterlife. Today, the area is considered one of the most important archaeological finds of all time and has helped to put Xi'an on the map!
- Hua Qing Hot Springs
You will need to travel 35 km out of Xi'an to visit these ancient imperial bathing pools and palaces but it is well worth the visit. The complex of hot springs are located at the foot of Li Mountain, and the area is famous for its beautiful views and tranquil setting too.
Important information about China tours
- Visa required – price on application
- Passports must be valid for 6 months after return
- Health – Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid recommended
- Departure tax from Beijing not included - poa
- Departure taxes from internal airports not included – poa
- Tour price does not included tips and gratuities for guides and drivers which are customary and expected. Please contact for more details.