Beijing

DESCRIPTION

Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites including sprawling Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Its largest city, Shanghai, is a skyscraper-studded global financial centre. Whether you are looking for ancient history, urban wonders, picturesque landscapes, or cultural experiences; China can offer a vast range of once in a life time experiences.

The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world. It's an ancient defensive architecture. The "Long Wall" has a long history — more than 2,300 years. It was built in different areas by different states/dynasties to protect different territorial borders. It wriggles from its scattered Manchurian remains in Liáoníng province to wind-scoured rubble in the Gobi Desert. The most renowned and robust examples of the Wall undulate majestically over the peaks and hills of Běijīng.

Ringed by 3.5km of scarlet citadel walls at the very heart of Běijīng, the Unesco-listed Forbidden City is China’s largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings, and the largest palace complex in the world. Steeped in stultifying ritual and Byzantine regal protocol, this other-worldly palace was the reclusive home to the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The Summer Palace is China’s largest imperial garden. UNESCO added this 300-hectare (740-acre) site to the World Heritage List in 1998, and described it as “...a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.” The Summer Palace was a royal summer resort in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), so the architectures and the layout there are quite exquisite. Boat cruises are available on Kunming Lake.

The Lama temple is a glittering attraction in Běijīng’s Buddhist firmament, where riveting roofs, fabulous frescoes, magnificent decorative arches, tapestries, eye-popping carpentry, Tibetan prayer wheels, tantric statues and a superb pair of Chinese lions mingle with dense clouds of incense.

A formidable area of disused, Mao-era factories built with East German expertise, 798 Art District, also known as Dàshānzi, is Běijīng’s main concentration of contemporary art galleries, art bookshops and cafes. The site first rose to prominence in the late 1990s, its Bauhaus-style former factory workshops ideally suited to ambitious art installations.

SAMPLE ITINERARY
DESTINATION: BEIJING

DAY 1
Arrive in Beijing by flights and coach

Day 2
Visit High School in Beijing. Afternoon activities with Chinese students

DAY 3
Visit Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City followed by afternoon at Temple of Heaven with a Tai Chi training course

Day 4
Visit the Great Wall at Badaling Section with a return cable car ride. Photo stop at Olympic Stadium followed by an afternoon visit to the Summer Palace

Day 5
Visit Huiyuan Group which is the leading juice company in China. Visit Jingshan Park and Lama Temple in the afternoon

Day 6
Visit Beijing Urban City and the Planning Museum followed by a visit to National Museum and Science and Technology Museum

Day 7
Depart Beijing for journey home

Prices from £850 per student

Price based on a 7-day trip for 40 students and 4 group leaders, excluding flights. All trips are subject to availability.

AVAILABLE AT THIS DESTINATION

  • Cultural Excursions
  • School Integration
  • Language Lessons
  • Hotel/Hostel Accommodation

TRAVEL

  • Coach transfer from the school to the UK airport. Return flights to Beijing.
  • Coach for the duration of the trip.
  • Public transport travel card if required.

ACCOMMODATION

  • Hostel/hotel accommodation is available with half board or full board options.

LANGUAGE TUITION

  • Language tuition with qualified Mandarin teachers. Lessons can be tailored to the level of the student’s current ability and included chosen topics selected by the group leaders.

POPULAR EXCURSION OPTIONS

SUPPORT WE OFFER

  • Your own personal Tours Manager to help tailor your bespoke itinerary.
  • We can help promote trip to parents, delivering a presentation and a Q&A session if
    requested.
  • Local knowledge and insight from your Tours Manager on your chosen destination.
  • A login to our travel app which contains all aspects of your personal trip as well as a location
    map and weather forecasts.
  • Safety assured accommodation, transport and excursions.
  • An in-country Local Organiser to assist you on your trip.
  • 24-hour emergency support while you are away on your trip.
  • Qualified language teacher to deliver lessons tailored to the ability of the students.
  • Full travel insurance.
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