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Mandarin Magic

As modern China becomes an increasingly important player in the global economy, there has never been a more opportune time to learn Mandarin.

Indeed over 300 Secondary Schools in the UK are already teaching Mandarin, with many more set to follow their lead. Visiting China is ideal for consolidating this learning, perhaps even more so than our European programmes, given China’s diverse culture which is heavily influenced by its rich ancient history.

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.

Guides and Chinese lessons

You will have two types of guide during your visit. 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.

Evening Entertainments

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 peers from a local Chinese school. Whilst we will encourage students to speak and listen in Chinese, help will always be on hand.

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.

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Classic Mandarin tour itinery - 9 days

This is a sample tour you can add to or change. Please contact us for a quote on a tailor-made tour.

Day 1

  • Depart UK

Day 2

  • Arrive Beijing
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Visit to a local night food market with guide

Day 3

  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Chinese lesson at local school
  • Rickshaw Ride through old ‘Hutong’ area with visit to Chinese family

Day 4

  • Great Wall of China
  • Ming Tombs
  • Acrobatics

Day 5

  • Train to Qufu in Shandong, the birthplace of Confucius
  • Visit local school
  • Free Time

Day 6

  • Chinese lesson at local school
  • Confucius’ Temple
  • An evening show of Confucius’ culture.

Day 7

  • Chinese and cookery lesson at local school
  • Confucius’ Family Mansion and his tomb
  • Sports and games with local school

Day 8

  • Mount Tai the most famous sacred mountain in China where each Emperor came to pay sacrifice
  • Drive to Jinan
  • Accompanied by guide, visit downtown Jinan to experience the local night life.

Day 9

  • Return train to Beijing
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Cloisonney Factory
  • Wangfujing Shopping district
  • Beijing Duck Dinner

Day 10

  • Fly home

Accommodation options for our Mandarin Magic

Full board accommodation is provided in 3 star hotels including the Beijing Exhibition Centre Hotel (www.beizhanhotel.com), the Queli Hotel in Qufu (www.quelihotel.com) and the Litian Hotel in Jinan (www.litianhotel.com). All offer twin bedded rooms with private facilities.

Mandarin Magic

As modern China becomes an increasingly important player in the global economy, there has never been a more opportune time to learn Mandarin.

Indeed over 300 Secondary Schools in the UK are already teaching Mandarin, with many more set to follow their lead. Visiting China is ideal for consolidating this learning, perhaps even more so than our European programmes, given China’s diverse culture which is heavily influenced by its rich ancient history.

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.

Guides and Chinese lessons

You will have two types of guide during your visit. 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.

Evening Entertainments

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 peers from a local Chinese school. Whilst we will encourage students to speak and listen in Chinese, help will always be on hand.

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.

Add "Mandarin Magic" to shortlist (View your shortlist)

Classic Mandarin tour itinery - 9 days

This is a sample tour you can add to or change. Please contact us for a quote on a tailor-made tour.

Day 1

  • Depart UK

Day 2

  • Arrive Beijing
  • Transfer to hotel
  • Visit to a local night food market with guide

Day 3

  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Chinese lesson at local school
  • Rickshaw Ride through old ‘Hutong’ area with visit to Chinese family

Day 4

  • Great Wall of China
  • Ming Tombs
  • Acrobatics

Day 5

  • Train to Qufu in Shandong, the birthplace of Confucius
  • Visit local school
  • Free Time

Day 6

  • Chinese lesson at local school
  • Confucius’ Temple
  • An evening show of Confucius’ culture.

Day 7

  • Chinese and cookery lesson at local school
  • Confucius’ Family Mansion and his tomb
  • Sports and games with local school

Day 8

  • Mount Tai the most famous sacred mountain in China where each Emperor came to pay sacrifice
  • Drive to Jinan
  • Accompanied by guide, visit downtown Jinan to experience the local night life.

Day 9

  • Return train to Beijing
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Cloisonney Factory
  • Wangfujing Shopping district
  • Beijing Duck Dinner

Day 10

  • Fly home

Accommodation options for our Mandarin Magic

Full board accommodation is provided in 3 star hotels including the Beijing Exhibition Centre Hotel (www.beizhanhotel.com), the Queli Hotel in Qufu (www.quelihotel.com) and the Litian Hotel in Jinan (www.litianhotel.com). All offer twin bedded rooms with private facilities.
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