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School Language Trip to Beijing

A Mandarin school trip to Beijing will not only provide invaluable exposure to the language and culture, it also offers your students unforgettable experiences!

Our school trip to Beijing is a great opportunity for your students to immerse themselves in everyday life. The inclusion of two afternoon sessions with a local school and its students will allow your group to practise their language skills in order to converse with their Chinese peers.

Choosing Beijing as a destination will allow your students to jump into the rich history of China with visits to the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and, of course, the Great Wall of China. You’ll also have time for some bartering at the Silk Alley – another chance for your students to practise their Mandarin!

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Great Wall of China

Visit the Great Wall of China!

The Great Wall of China is somewhat of a misnomer, as it would more accurately be described as a collection of fortification systems.

The beginnings of the Wall lie in the fortifications built by the Han, Qi, Qin, Wei, Yan, Zhao and Zhongshan states during the Warring States Period and developed over the centuries to protect China from invaders and to protect the Silk Road trade route.

It’s believed that the length of the entire Wall measures over 21,000km and it is considered one of the greatest architectural feats in human history.

Did you know? While the Wall is believed to be well over 2,000 years old, the bit we all think of as the Great Wall of China – the stone fortifications around Beijing – are only around 500 years old, having been built during the Ming dynasty.

The Forbidden City, Beijing

Visit the Forbidden City!

This spectacular palace complex lies at the heart of Beijing and consists of 980 surviving buildings.

The largest building in the complex is the Hall of Supreme Harmony. Once the tallest building in the city, it was used for state occasions, such as the emperor’s birthday. The focal point of the building is the impressive Dragon Throne, which sits on a 2m high white jade dais and is backed by carved gilt screens.

The world’s largest collection of well-preserved medieval wooden structures, the Forbidden City is a magnificent example of traditional Chinese architecture and is rich in symbolism, with plenty of dragons, phoenixes and lions on roofs of the most important buildings for prosperity and good fortune.

Did you know? The forbidden city is the largest palace complex in the world and is three times the size of the Louvre!

Summer Palace, Beijing

Visit the Summer Palace!

One of the most beautiful royal parks in the world, Beijing’s Summer Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to 3,000 man-made structures.

The tallest building in the complex, the Tower of Buddhist Incense stands atop Longevity Hill, looking out over Kunming Lake.

Other well-known attractions include the impressive Marble Boat, a lakeside pavilion in the shape of a European-style paddle steamer, and the colourful Long Corridor, constructed to provide the Emperor’s mother with a covered walkway to ensure she could enjoy a walk in the gardens while protected by the elements.

Did you know? The Four Great Regions, a series of temples that are architecturally quite different to the rest of the park, were modelled on the Samye Monastery in Tibet, the first gompa (Buddhist monastery) built in the country.
 

Day 1
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Afternoon Overnight flight to Beijing
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Day 2
Morning Arrive in Beijing and transfer to hotel
Afternoon Visit the Summer Palace
Evening Evening meal
Day 3
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Afternoon Visit to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs
Evening Evening meal
Day 4
Morning Visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
Afternoon Afternoon in local school to practise language with students plus a calligraphy lesson
Evening Evening meal
Day 5
Morning Shopping at Silk Alley and the Friendship Store
Afternoon Afternoon in local school to practise language with students
Evening Evening meal and acrobatic show
Day 6
Morning Breakfast and check-out
Afternoon Flight back to the UK
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  • tick icon2 afternoon sessions in a local school to practise language
  • tick icon4 nights' full-board accommodation
  • tick iconAirport transfers in resort
  • tick iconCalligraphy lesson
  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconEvening acrobatic show
  • tick iconExcursion to the Great Wall
  • tick iconFree staff place ratio 1:10
  • tick iconItinerary planning service
  • tick iconReturn flights inclusive of tax
  • tick iconSummer Palace
  • tick iconTiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

Activities

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

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

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

The Ming Tombs are a collection of 13 imperial tombs of Ming dynasty emperors. This is a fantastic visit for learning… 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 in … Read more

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, … 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… Read more

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Accommodation

Beijing Feitian Hotel
Beijing Rainbow Hotel
Dongfang Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven
Beijing Feitan Hotel

The Feitian Hotel is located close to the city's central business district, approximately 6km from the Forbidden City. The Jingsong subway station is close to the hotel, offering easy access to the rest of the city. There are two restaurants - one specialising in Chinese cuisine and the other in Western cuisine. There is also a teahouse, coffeehouse and bar. 

Beijing Rainbow Hotel

The Beijing Rainbow Hotel is a modern hotel with a traditional feel. All rooms are decorated in a traditional style with wooden furniture. Rooms benefit from air-conditioning, tea and coffee-making facilities and a satellite TV.

The hotel also offers a number of restaurant/cafe options, plus shops and a spa.

Dongfang Hotel

The Dongfang 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. Restaurants offer a range of International and Asian cuisine.

Guestrooms 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 also have coffee/tea makers, bottled water, and in-room safes. Bathrooms provide slippers, hair dryers, and shower/tub combinations.

Holiday Inn Express Temple of Heaven

This hotel features 316 guest rooms equipped with a 32" LCD satellite TV, WiFi and in-room safe.

Facilities within the hotel include complimentary use of computers in the business center, a meeting room, self-service laundry, vending machines and a Foreign Currency Exchange.

Breakfast is included.

Reviews

Northampton High School, February 2019

The trip was a success. Thanks to all those who helped it to be so. The modern hotel in particular worked well for us and the staff were exceptionally helpful; all bookings for visits etc. proceeded very smoothly, as did the transfers.

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