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School Trip to China

A school trip to China will be unforgettable – truly broadening your students’ horizons and opening their eyes to a wider world!

Introduce your students to an ancient culture rich with art, literature, music, religion and philosophy. And combine the traditions and history of Beijing with the modernity and innovation of Shanghai, to help your students gain a greater understanding of China as a whole.

Make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see the Great Wall of China which, although not quite visible from space, is still an incredible feat of human engineering and tenacity. Other highlights include the historic Forbidden Palace and the politically charged Tiananmen Square, as well as Shanghai’s iconic Bund, which reflects the impact of European involvement in China since the 19th century.

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The Forbidden City

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!

The Bund

Visit the Bund

Shanghai’s focal point, the Bund is the city’s iconic waterfront area and one of its biggest tourist attractions – it’s certainly not to be missed on your school trip to Shanghai!

Once just a muddy bank, the area was settled by the British after the first Opium War in 1842. It was around the turn of the 20th century when much of the spectacular Beaux Arts architecture sprang up as commerce thrived and the area is now one of the most important financial centres in East Asia.

This is the perfect place to people watch and to learn more about Chinese culture and Western colonialism. This is also a fantastic example of modern China and offers an interesting contrast to the history you’ll see in Beijing.

Did you know? The Bund is known as Waitan in Chinese, which means ‘Outer Beach’.

The 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.

Day 1
Morning Overnight flight from the UK to Beijing
Day 2
Morning Arrive in Beijing and transfer to your hotel
Afternoon Visit the Temple of Heaven
Evening  Evening free
Day 3

Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

Afternoon Visit the Summer Palace
Evening Evening free
Day 4

Photo stop at the Beijing Olympic Stadium

Afternoon Visit the Great Wall of China and Ming Tombs
Evening Evening free
Day 5

Visit the Lama Temple and Beijing Hutongs (Old Streets)

Afternoon Visit Beijing Zoo
Evening Take the overnight train to Shanghai
Day 6

Arrive Shanghai

Visit the Yuyan Garden and Jade Buddha Temple

Afternoon Visit the Bund
Evening Evening free
Day 7
Morning Visit the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Shanghai Museum and People's Square
Afternoon Visit the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Evening Evening free
Day 8
Morning Transfer to the airport
Afternoon Flight back to the UK
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  • tick iconComprehensive travel and medical insurance
  • tick iconDetailed information pack
  • tick iconEnglish-speaking guide
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  • tick iconOvernight train between Beijing and Shanghai
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  • tick iconVisits and entrances as shown in the sample itinerary


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

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

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… Read more

Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum is located in People’s Square and, although a modern building, encompasses some of the… 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

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 Tiana… Read more

The Bund

The Bund

The Shanghai Bund has dozens of historical buildings lining the Huangpu River, that once housed numerous banks and … 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

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.… Read more

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Beijing Rainbow Hotel
Dongfang Hotel
Holiday Inn Putuo Shanghai
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 Putuo Shanghai

The Holiday Inn Putuo offers comfortable guestrooms and suites. The rooms are reasonably spacious and certain rooms have a wonderful view of the city skyline from this hotel.

Facilities available include colour television with cable connection, International Direct Dialing telephone, work desk with lamp, mini bars and coffee making facilities amongst others.


Exeter School, October 2018

Once again, everyone at Halsbury did a fantastic job of liaising with all the different parties and putting up with all our last minute changes. I don't think they could have done anything better! We had an excellent experience overall.

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