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Beijing History School Trips & Tours - History of China

On an NST school trip to China, there is an opportunity to gain an insight into a culture and society radically different from our own through a range of unforgettable educational visits. 

Take your pupils on an exciting educational journey to see spectacular scenery and experience charming and inquisitive hospitality. With distinctive architecture, the Great Wall or Buddhist temples nestled in the hills, and an array of cultural and educational visits, a history school trip to China is one that your pupils will remember for many years to come. 

Prices start from£1589pp

Price Shown includes

  • 6 day Beijing package including 4 nights’ full board accommodation
  • Return flights and overseas airport transfers
  • Visits to: Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square , Mao’s Memorial Hall, Forbidden City, Lecture covering History of China topic, Liumingying agricultural village and Silk Alley
  • Educational lectures on: The Impact of Chairman Mao 1946-1976, Mao's Consolidation of Power 1949-1953, Chinese Civil War and Cultural Revolution or Chinese Communist Party and Reform in the Countryside an City
  • Coach transportation throughout your tour
  • Services of a Local Guide at visits
  • All tipping
  • Services of a Tour Escort
  • Extensive group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected  departure points and is subject to availability.

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Airport assistance during check-in, security and gate checks on your outbound flight from the UK
  • Airport assistance when you arrive back at your UK airport when you book a coach transfer to take you home
  • Services of a Local Guide at visits
  • Services of a Tour Escort who’ll meet you daily and provide 24-hour assistance


Popular options in China

6 day Beijing 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

Considered to be the most beautiful building in the City, The Temple of Heaven is conceived as the meeting point between heaven and earth and symbols of the two are integral to the temple’s layout. Its park is also a popular area in which to sit, drink tea and play.

Beijing Day Three

Morning: Visit to Tiananmen Square, Mao's Memorial Hall & the Forbidden City

Afternoon: Lecture of choice

Evening: Evening meal

Tiananmen Square    

The first stop for any visitor to Beijing has to be Tiananmen Square. Located in the heart of China, this symbolic public square has witnessed many of the events that have shaped the country’s often turbulent history.

Mao’s Memorial Hall 

Standing at the southern end of Tiananmen Square, the chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall is the final resting place for Mao. After viewing the large marble statue of Mao and an immense tapestry of China’s mountains and rivers within the hall, groups can view the body of Mao covered with the party flag of Communist Party of China, resting in a crystal coffin.

Forbidden City    

Allow your students the opportunity to explore this mystical complex, which was for many years the symbolic heart of both the capital and the empire. It boasts a maze of 800 buildings and thousands of chambers, each constructed during the Mongol and Ming dynasties.

The Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs  

Built 2,500 years ago, the Great Wall is one of China’s most historic and magnificent sights. An awe-inspiring attraction not to be missed! Many groups combine their visit with one to the Ming Tombs, the final resting place and mausoleums of 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty emperors. Students can also walk the Sacred Way, flanked with detailed Ming Dynasty animal sculptures.

Beijing Day Four

Morning: Visit to the Great Wall

Afternoon: Visit to the Sacred Road and the Ming Tombs

Evening: Evening meal

The Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs

Built 2,500 years ago, the Great Wall is one of China’s most historic and magnificent sights. An awe-inspiring attraction not to be missed! Many groups combine their visit with one to the Ming Tombs, the final resting place and mausoleums of 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty emperors. Students can also walk the Sacred Way, flanked with detailed Ming Dynasty animal sculptures.

Beijing Day Five

Morning: Visit to Liumingying agricultural village

Afternoon: Shopping at Silk Alley

Evening: Evening meal and ceremony of graduation including presentation of a certificate

Liumingying Village

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

Silk Alley

Beijing is somewhat of a shopper’s paradise and the Silk Alley in the city is one of the best. Students can practise their language skills by haggling for souvenirs.


Beijing Day Six

Morning: Free time

Afternoon: Transfer to airport for return flight to UK

More popular visit options available

Chinese Acrobat Show

Chinese acrobatics covers anything from gymnastics and animal tricks to juggling and magic. The performances are spectacular and students will be talking about them for years to come.

Peking Duck Banquet

A famous dish from Beijing and one that has been served since the Imperial era. Your students can enjoy this delicacy and get a real taste of China.

The Legend Kung Fu Show

Chinese martial arts have been practised for over 4,000 years and over the years have developed into a number of styles. This show showcases a spectacle of modern dance and traditional arts to provide a truly unique performance.

Peking Opera

Immerse your group in some traditional Chinese theatre which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics.

Olympic Stadium

The Beijing National Stadium, known colloquially as the Bird’s Nest, was the spectacular setting for the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Students can tour this large steel structure while your guide shares their own memories of the games and the legacy the games have left behind.

Evening activites

  • Peking Opera
  • The Legend Kung Fu Show
  • Chinese Acrobat Show

Study themes




"Modern Depth Studt: Mao's China, 1945-1976"


OCR History A

"Wider World Depth Study: China, 1950-1981"

A Level



"2E.1 - Mao's China, 1949-1976"

"38.2 - The making of modern China, 1860-1997"



"2P - The Transformation of China, 1936-1997"



"China and its rulers, 1839-1989"

Study levels



Expert's comment

The tour concentrates on the period during which China transformed under Mao, as well as issues facing China today such as the tensions between the communist legacy established by Mao and his successors and the demands on China of a rapidly growing market-led economy. Pupils will also have the opportunity to visit sites which show the broader context of Chinese history and the wider cultural influences which have had a significant influence on this country’s development.

Jeff Garner, NST History Programme Co-ordinator


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.


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 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

“An amazing experience that our pupils thoroughly enjoyed. It was an experience of a life time for them. We received fantastic service from Madlen at NST, who was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would definitely like to book this trip to China again.”

Rachel North, Churston Ferrers Grammar School