School trips to China offer students the opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest civilisations. There is an unparalleled wealth of culture and history to delight and intrigue students as they discover China’s ancient past in Beijing and its modern, pioneering side in Shanghai.

An educational tour to China offers a diverse range of learning opportunities and is an excellent choice for many school subjects, including Mandarin language, geography, art and business studies.

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Why visit China?

Explore the ancient culture

Whatever your reason for visiting, one of the best things about a school trip to China is the fact that it offers your students the opportunity to explore one of the world’s oldest and most influential cultures.

At the Forbidden City, you’ll explore Chinese hierarchy during Imperial times and the importance of symbolism in Chinese culture.

And you can even learn more about China’s recent history and political culture with a visit to Tiananmen Square.

Bring geography to life

On a geography school trip to China, geographers can see how humans have adapted the landscape to meet their needs and how that, in turn, has affected civilisation.

Throughout history, the Chinese have exploited their natural landscape for human use. The fertile North China Plain offered the best opportunities for agriculture and the wealth that was generated here also meant that the political power centred around this region.

When exports became more important to the Chinese economy, ports like Shanghai began to experience rapid urbanisation as people rushed to the new centres of power and wealth.

Get your students talking

If your students are studying Mandarin, a school trip to China is unmissable. They’ll love the opportunity to explore the Chinese culture through their Mandarin skills.

We can also arrange for your group to visit a local school so that your students can practise speaking Mandarin with people of their own age. And while you’re there, you can all enjoy a calligraphy lesson too!

Book with Halsbury

Take a look at our range of China school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Where to visit

School Trips to Beijing

A school trip to Beijing will be an unforgettable experience for your students as they explore a culture that is so ancient and so very different to their own!

Beijing school trips are very popular with school groups learning Mandarin, as it gives students the incredible opportunity to use their language skills to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.

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School Trips to Shanghai

A school trip to Shanghai offers your students the exciting opportunity to experience China and the Chinese culture first-hand!

Shanghai school trips are very popular with geography groups who come here to explore urban growth and change in a megacity. Shanghai also works well as a destination for cross-curricular or cultural school trips, to give students a taste of Chinese culture.

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Activities and excursions in China that your school group will love

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Chao Yang Acrobatic Show

Chao Yang Acrobatic Show

A Chinese acrobatic show is something that must not be missed by any visitor to Beijing!China has many world class… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

The Bund

The Bund

The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildingslining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and trading houses from… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!