School Geography Trip to Beijing and Shanghai

Beijing and Shanghai offer students the chance to compare two very different cities and experience the Old and New China.

Start your tour in Beijing, home of three major Chinese dynasties for the past 1000 years. Rich in culture and history, Beijing offers a wonderful insight into the Chinese history and tradition. See how human civilisation has influenced the development of the country and how natural features have been adapted for human use. Following on from Beijing, head to the modern hustle and bustle of Shanghai, which has become the new business centre for China. Shanghai has taken on major cultural changes and has evolved into a fast-moving cosmopolitan city. The location of the city and its strategic importance to trade are an important feature of Shanghai. 

Day 1     Depart UK and fly to Beijing
Day 2

Arrive Beijing

Group to be met on arrival and transferred to accommodation

Rest of the day at leisure
Day 3

Visit to the Temple of Heaven

Continue on to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

Visit the Summer Palace Evening at leisure
Day 4 Start today with a photo stop at the Beijing Olympic Stadium, before continuing on to the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs Evening at leisure
Day 5 Visit the Lama Temple and continue to the Beijing Hutongs (Old Streets) and the Prince Gong's Mansion Visit Beijing Zoo Overnight train to Shanghai
Day 6

Arrive Shanghai

Visit the Yuyan Garden and the Jade Buddha Temple

Visit the Bund Evening at leisure
Day 7 Visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and onto the Shanghai Museum and People Square Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall Evening at leisure
Day 8 Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK


This price includes:

  • Return flights inclusive of tax
  • Destination airport transfer
  • Breakfast and lunch daily
  • Visits and entrances as shown in the sample itinerary
  • English-speaking guide
  • Overnight train between Beijing and Shanghai
  • Comprehensive medical and travel insurance
  • FREE staff place ratio 1:10
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Detailed info pack
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

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Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is instantly recognisable to all as a symbol of the People’s Republic of China. The gate, after which the square takes its name, was once the entrance to the Imperial City, within which the Forbidden City was located. A huge portrait of Mao Zedong has hung there since 1949. One of the largest public squares in the world, it has actually been extended several times, in order to inc...

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City stands in the centre of Beijing as a monument to the city’s imperial history and rich cultural legacy. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the huge complex lies to the north of Tiananmen Square, covering 180 acres and comprising 980 buildings. Once the home of the Emperors from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty, the Forbidden City is now home to the Pala...

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Beijing’s Summer Palace is one of the loveliest royal parks you are ever likely to set your eyes on. Created in the 18th century for the imperial family to relax and entertain in, the park is vast and offers a collection of exquisite palaces, gardens and lakes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Summer Palace can be found in the Haidian district of the city and consists of over 3,000 man-made struc...

Jade Buddha Temple

Jade Buddha Temple

Although not a particularly old temple (it was re-built in 1928 after the first temple was destroyed in the revolution that overthrew the Qing dynasty), the architecture of the Jade Buddha Temple is very classical and really stands out in Shanghai, which is generally a very modern city. The temple is actually home to three Buddhas. The two originals were the inspiration for the temple itself and a...

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China stretches 5,500 miles across northern China, from Shanhaiguan in the eastern province of Hebei, to the western city of Jiayuguan in Gansu province. Construction began in 3rd century B.C. and continued right up until 17th century A.D. This incredible feat of human engineering is a must-see for all who visit China. Although not actually visible from space, the wall is still a...

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden

Yuyuan Garden, a place of peace and comfort in the heart of bustling Shanghai, dates back to the fabled Ming Dynasty. Yuyuan began as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan, who spent almost 20 years - and all of his savings - to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. The present-day Yuyuan occupies an area of two hectares and is built in a style associated with the renow...

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a stunning complex of religious buildings located to the south of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Built by the Ming dynasty’s Yongle Emperor to worship Heaven and pray for good harvests, the Temple of Heaven is even larger than the Forbidden City. This is because, as a ‘son of Heaven’, the Emperor could not build himself a larger palace than that which was dedicate...

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum is located in People’s Square and, although a modern building, encompasses some of the symbolism prevalent in classical architecture: the round roof, which represents heaven, sits atop the square body, which represents Earth. The museum is China’s first world-class museum and houses a permanent collection of over 100,000 artefacts. Its 11 exhibition halls and 3 temporary exhibi...

The Bund

The Bund

The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildings, lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from Britain, France, the U.S., Russia, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the consulates of Russia and Britain, a newspaper, the Shanghai Club and the Masonic Club. The Bund lies north of the old, walled city of Shanghai. This was initially a Brit...

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

Oriental Pearl TV Tower

The Oriental Pearl Tower is Shanghai’s most recognisable landmark and sits opposite the Bund in Pudong Park. A TV and radio tower, it is the second tallest of its kind in China and the sixth tallest in the world. The 11 spheres contain 15 observatory levels, a revolving restaurant, exhibition halls, and even a shopping mall and hotel! All visitors to Shanghai should take the time to visit this arc...

Dongfang Hotel

The hotel offers 288 rooms in a refurbished 1918 historic building of four connected wings. There is an indoor swimming pool and tennis court, fitness room and sauna. The restaurants offer a range of International and Asian cuisine.

Guestrooms at the Beijing Dongfang Hotel are clean and spacious, with plenty of natural light. Amenities include private balconies, cable/satellite TVs, minibars with refrigerators, air conditioning, desks with direct-dial phones, and complimentary high-speed Internet. All rooms have coffee/tea makers, bottled water, and in-room safes. Bathrooms provide slippers, hair dryers, and shower/tub combinations.
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Holiday Inn Putuo Shanghai

The Holiday Inn Putuo offers comfortable guestrooms and suites. The rooms are reasonably spacious and guests can find they have a wonderful view of the city skyline from this hotel. The various room facilities available include colour television with cable connection, International Direct Dialing telephone, work desk with lamp, mini bars and coffee making facilities amongst others. View on map

Xin Mei East China Hotel

The hotel has 327 guestrooms and suites all well-equipped with a selection of facilities.

The hotel has been modernized with improved facilities. Each of the 327 tastefully decorated guestrooms and suites are equipped with central air-conditioning, colour TV, IDD telephone, stereo system and a high quality bathroom. View on map

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