Geography School Trips & Tours to China

Take your pupils on the most exciting of geography school trips! China offers an exhilarating educational journey with its huge contrasts and wide range of tourist attractions. 

On a geography field trip to China your pupils will see spectacular scenery and experience charming and inquisitive hospitality. The 2008 Olympic Games provide an excellent geography visit and give a fantastic insight into urban development and rebranding, whilst the controversial Three Gorges Dam makes for a fascinating field trip excursion.  

Whether visiting the ultra-modern city of Shanghai or the traditional settlements in the Yangtze Valley, a geography tour to China will stay with your students for a lifetime. A geography trip here is ideally suited to GCSE and A-level pupils, but there is much to be enjoyed and learned for KS3 too. 

 

Prices start from£1089pp

Price Shown includes

  • 6 day Beijing package includes 4 nights’ full board accommodation
  • Return flights & airport transfers
  • Coach transportation throughout your stay
  • Visits including:  Visit to Temple of Heaven,  Great Wall of China, Ming Tombs, Beijing Olympic Stadium, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, Friendship store, Silk Alley market
  • Services of an English speaking Tour Escort
  • Services of a Local Guide in each city
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • Tipping included

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a London airport in Feb/March 2018 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...


Accommodation

Popular options in China


6 day Beijing geography trip package includes

Beijing Day One

Afternoon: Overnight flight to Beijing

Beijing Day Two

Early afternoon:  Arrival in Beijing & escorted transfer to accommodation. En route visit to the Temple of Heaven

Evening: Evening meal, free time to settle in

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is located in southern Beijing. It was first constructed in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming emperor Yongle and was extended and renovated during the reigns of Ming emperor Jiajing and Qing emperor Qianlong.It was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for good harvest. Covering an area of 273 hectares,it is the largest architectural complex in the world for rituals to pay homage to heaven.

Beijing Day Three

Afternoon: Full day visit to the Great Wall of China & the Ming Tombs

Evening: Evening meal

Great Wall of China

Take your group for a walk along a section of the Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, which was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. It winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 21,196 kilometres  from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2,500 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance and is definitely an attraction not to be missed.

The Ming Tombs

Not far from Beijing City, at the foot of Tianshou Mountain, is the Ming Tombs, where lie the mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Since 1409 when Zhu Di, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, built his Changling Tomb here, the succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling during the next 230 years, covering a total area of over 120 square kilometers (46.3 square miles). This is the best preserved tomb area with the most emperors buried. Every year millions of tourists come to the site to appreciate its long history and palatial architecture.

Beijing Day Four

Morning: Beijing Olympic Stadium

Afternoon: visit Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City

Evening: Eveming meal and Peking Duck Banquet

Beijing Olympic Stadium

Explore the themes of sport and tourism as a catalyst for urban change, and study rebranding at the Beijing Olympic Site. Take part in urban regeneration and future land use activities, visit the Bird’s Nest Stadium and other key Olympic sites. The city’s polluted atmosphere received widespread media attention in the run up to the Olympic Games, with techniques such as cloud seeding being used to manage the hazard. An ideal visit for focusing on pollution issues.

Tiananmen Square & The Forbidden City

Located at the centre of Beijing city is the remarkable Tiananmen Square, your pupils will gain an appreciation of the cultural diversity the city has to offer.  You can visit the Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. The square was the front door to the forbidden city and is a must place to visit in Beijing City.

 

 

Beijing Day Five

Morning: The Summer Palace

Afternoon: Shopping in the flagship Friendship Store & neighbouring Silk Alley market

Evening: Evening meal

The Summer Palace    

Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing city, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometres from central Beijing. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long since been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'.

Friendship store & Silk Alley Market    

Take your pupils on an exciting and interesting shopping trip to the Friendship store which is one of the largest departmental stores with a long history in Beijing city.  Plus, take a visit to Silk Alley Market which is probably the most visited place in Beijing.

 

 

Beijing Day Six

Morning: Free time

Afternoon: Transfer to airport for return flight to the UK


More popular visit options in China available

Yangtze River Cruise to Three Gorges Dam

Take an internal flight to Chongqing and then set sail on an amazing three day 5* cruise through spectacular scenery. Day 1: Stop at the new town of Fengdu; the old town is now flooded due to the Three Gorges Dam. Day 2: Cruise through the Three Gorges - Qutang, Wu and Xiing - and along the Shen Nong Stream. Day 3: Your group will visit the dam itself, renowned as
the world’s greatest dam and HEP project. The project is named on a number of specifications as a recommended case study and ties in with the new AS/A2 study themes.

 

Suzhou

An ancient city with a 2,500 year history! Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the silk factory. A short cruise on the Grand Canal will fascinate your pupils as they observe the river life and this amazing city from an ideal viewpoint.

Xian

Xian offers opportunities to study cultural diversity and observe tourism impact and management strategies. Marvel over the Terracotta Army, dating from 210BC and discovered in 1974. Make a short visit to the Huaqing Hot Spring before spending time at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Spend time exploring the
Muslim Quarter or cycling along the top of the city walls. You could even enjoy the Tang Dynasty Show, which past groups have said makes a great evening activity.

 

Shanghai

Shanghai’s rapid economic development perfectly exemplifies the issue of globalisation, and also links to studies of world cities, urbanisation and development. Visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Pudong’s special economic zone, China’s busiest shopping street, Naying Lu, and People’s Square where Tai Chi is performed at sunrise. The Jade Buddha Temple and the Yuyuan Gardens are also excellent visits. Why not end your day with a fantastic evening cruise on the Huangpu River!

Liumingying village

This traditional Chinese village gives your group an insight into the hard reality of life outside the big cities. Your pupils can visit villagers in their homes and see the hard work that goes into producing their organic food.

Local Hutong in Beijing

Hutong is an ancient city alleyway or lane typical of ancient Beijing. Your local guide will introduce you to several interesting old hutongs in the Houhai area and to a local hutong family. Your group can have lunch with the local residents and have a short talk.

Painting session

First you will be introduced to the different painting styles in different times of Chinese history in a local art gallery. Then, everybody will get a brush pen and rice paper and learn some basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy. The local art teacher will show you the basic skills of Chinese painting, like drawing a panda and Chinese bamboo.

Cookery session

Your local guide will give you some information about Chinese cuisines, then, in the kitchen of a local restaurant, the chef will show you how to cook Chinese dishes and how to make dumplings. Through this cooking lesson, you will learn the basic recipes, cutting skills, seasonings, and you will also get the chance to make your own dishes.


Evening activites

  • Chinese Acrobats show (Beijing)
  • Peking Opera (Beijing)
  • Kung-Fu show (Beijing)
  • Huangpu river cruise (Shanghai)
  • Tang Dynasty show (Xian)

Study themes

Human:

  • World cities
  • Industry development
  • Technology
  • Unequal spaces
  • Urban development & rebranding
  • Leisure & tourism
  • Transport systems
  • Globalisation
  • Conflicts & challenges
  • Rural/urban contrasts
  • Energy security
  • Cultural diversity

Physical:

  • Fluvial processes
  • Geology
  • Environmental change

Study levels

A-level
AS/A2
GCSE
KS3


Educational resources

FREE Educational Resource Pack

Developed by experienced geography teachers, our free China Educational Resource Pack contains a wealth of information for use before, during and after your tour.
Click here to view a sample of our resources.


Expert's comment

A visit to China will stay with your pupils for a lifetime. They’ll see spectacular scenery, whether visiting the ultra-modern city of Shanghai or the traditional settlements in the Yangtze Valley. This is a trip ideally suited to GCSE and A-level but there is much to be enjoyed and learned for KS3 too.

NST Field Studies Guide


Transport

We can arrange for your group to fly from a range of UK airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
  • School travel company of choice since 1967