Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai Art

School tours

Explore the rich artistic heritage and the developing modern art scene on this exciting three-centre tour.


  • Decorative art skills at the Forbidden City
  • The intricately created detail of the Terracotta Warriors
  • Discover an ancient Chinese skill with a calligraphy lesson
  • Modern Art at the 798 Art Zone in Beijing and China Art Museum Shanghai
Typically £1318 per student.
Based on a 9 day, 7 night tour for 30 students, travelling January 2018

What's included: 

  • Travel, including travel to excursions
  • National guide throughout the tour and city guides
  • Excursion entrance fees, local guides and driver/guide gratuities
  • Full board accommodation
  • Insurance
  • 1 teacher place for every 10 students

Please note, the visa cost is not included in the typical price

Suggested itinerary for School groups

Day 1

Overnight flight to Beijing (Flight time approximately 10 hours)

Day 2

Arrive in Beijing (lunch included)
Olympic sites, including the Bird's Nest and Water Cube (external views) providing time for sketching (flight time permitting)
Evening meal included (Beijing)

Day 3

Breakfast Included
Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, with sketching time (lunch included)
Visit the National Art Museum of China before joining the Hutong walking tour
Evening meal included (Beijing)

Day 4

Breakfast included
The Great Wall of China with sketching time (lunch included)
798 Art Zone (evening meal included)
Overnight sleeper train to Xian

Day 5

Breakfast included
Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall (lunch included)
Evening dumpling banquet meal included
Tang Dynasty Show (Xian)

Day 6

Breakfast included
The Terracotta Warriors with time for sketching (lunch included)
Tang Dynasty Art Museum and calligraphy lesson (evening meal included)
Overnight sleeper train to Shanghai

Day 7

Breakfast included
Visit Yu Garden with time for sketching (lunch included)
Tour the Jade Buddha Temple and visit the Bund (evening meal included)
Chinese Acrobatic Show (Shanghai)

Day 8

Breakfast included
China Art Museum, Tianzifang Art Street, including time for sketching (lunch included)
Visit the Xiantiandi Fashion Zone and Nanjing Road
Evening meal included (Shanghai)

Day 9

Breakfast included
Transfer to the airport by coach and Maglev Train
Flight Shanghai to UK (Flight time approximately 12 ½ hours)
Typically £1318 per student.
Based on a 9 day, 7 night tour for 30 students, travelling January 2018

Tips for travelling to China with students


Breakfast is an international buffet at your hotel. Lunch and evening meal are taken at various restaurants with Chinese dishes. Practice your chop stick technique before you travel!


You will need a visa to travel to China. We can help with this and organise a group visa through our agent in China.


A friendly national guide will be with you throughout the tour to assist and ensure all arrangements run smoothly. Local guides also provide commentary for the sites you visit in each city.


We use a comfortable overnight sleeper train between Beijing and Xian and Xian and Shanghai. Compartments are 4 berth so it is good to plan your group size and gender breakdown with this in mind.

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Typically £1318 per student.
Based on a 9 day, 7 night tour for 30 students, travelling January 2018