Mandarin Magic - Worldwide School Tours

Discover the magic, intrigue and amazing ancient culture of China

Discover a rich and diverse culture

With its rich and diverse culture, ancient history and awe-inspiring scenery, China offers a unique educational experience. As China becomes more important to the global economy there has never been a more exciting time to visit this incredible country. Our escorted school tours to China include full-board accommodation, entrance fees, a national guide to accompany you throughout and experienced local guides in each city.

Other tour variations are available, including 6 days to Beijing and 9 days to Beijing, Xi'an, Suzhou and Shanghai. Why not drop us a quick line and we'll call you back.

  • The sun rises on the Great Wall of China

    The sun rises on the Great Wall of China
  • Beautiful and intricate detail of buildings at the Forbidden City

    Beautiful and intricate detail of buildings at the Forbidden City
  • Figures from the Terracotta Army

    Figures from the Terracotta Army
  • The idyllic Summer Palace in Beijing

    The idyllic Summer Palace in Beijing
  • The panda is a symbol of friendship and peace in China

    The panda is a symbol of friendship and peace in China
  • The Temple of Heaven in Beijing

    The Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Sample excursions

Cross curriculum excursions (Beijing)

Forbidden City

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

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

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

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

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

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 offeng 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

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

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

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.

Sample activities

Sample tour

Classic Mandarin tour itinery - 9 days

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


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