Beijing and Shanghai History

School tours

Combine the opulent imperial sites of Beijing with a visit to Shanghai, at the forefront of China's modernisation


  • The magnificent Forbidden City palace complex
  • A rickshaw ride through the streets of Beijing
  • The giant Jade Buddha statue in Shanghai
  • The wonder of the Great Wall
Typically £1263 per student.
Based on an 8 day, 6 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018

What's included: 

  • Travel, including to excursions
  • National guide throughout the tour and city guides
  • Entrance fees, local guides and gratuities
  • Full board accommodation and insurance
  • 1 teacher place for every 10 students

Visa cost is not included in typical price

Suggested itinerary for School groups

Day 1

Overnight flight to Beijing - about 10 hours

Day 2

Arrive Beijing - lunch included
Olympic Park, Birds Nest and Water Cube (external views), and The Summer Palace
Overnight Beijing - evening meal Included

Day 3

Breakfast included
The Great Wall of China - lunch included
The Temple of Heaven - evening meal included
Kung Fu show
Overnight Beijing

Day 4

Breakfast included
Rickshaw ride through Hutongs and traditional tea ceremony - lunch included
Calligraphy lesson. Wangfujing Street shopping
Overnight Beijing - evening meal included

Day 5

Breakfast included
Tianannmen Square and Mao’s Mausoleum - lunch included
The Forbidden City
Bullet train to Shanghai - evening meal included

Day 6

Breakfast included
City tour of Shanghai, Oriental TV (3rd Ball) Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund - lunch included
Evening meal included
Night markets
Overnight Shanghai

Day 7

Breakfast included
Shanghai school visit (term time only) - lunch included
Yu Gardens and Nanjing Road shopping - evening meal included
Chinese acrobatic show
Overnight Shanghai

Day 8

Breakfast included
Transfer to the airport by coach and Maglev train
Flight Shanghai to UK - about 12.5 hours
Lucy Pool-McKenzie

Groups enjoy the contrast of the ancient, modern and futuristic on this tour. They also like to go souvenir-hunting and haggle for a bargain at the Shanghai night market.

Lucy Poole-McKenzie
Travelbound China Tour Co-ordinator
Typically £1263 per student.
Based on an 8 day, 6 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018

As with any educational trip to China, knowing where to start will often be paramount to most group leader's considerations. School trips to study ancient and modern history are absolutely no exception and with so many important sites scattered throughout the country focusing on a particular era will undoubtedly prove to be the key to success. There aren't many more appropriate capitals to study the effects of Communism other than Beijing and the chance to compare Mao's Cultural Revolution with Shanghai's capitalist ethos will no doubt throw up a million and one topics of discussion.

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That's the beauty of a two-centre tour, being able to really unearth what makes China tick and how the past has created the society that you'll discover today.

Of course, classic landmarks such as Beijing's Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are pretty hard to beat however, Shanghai really does offer a thoroughly absorbing alternative. The Shanghai Museum holds one of the most-important collections of Chinese artefacts anywhere on the planet and the propaganda poster art centre provides an excellent insight into a key period of China's past.

There maybe just under 800 miles between them but these two cultural heavyweights are world's away in terms of experiences and from Shanghai's Bund to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, both cities hold infinite study options for visiting school history tours. Imagine being able to learn about the Liao Dynasty at the Tianning Pagoda one day prior to discovering the economic significance of the Yangtze River the next.

Alternatively, you could switch between paying your respects at Mao's mausoleum before moving on to contemplate deities at Shanghai's City God Temple. Whatever you're preferred area of history to explore, a school trip to China is an exceptional experience, never to be forgotten.


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Even though all the activities were good, I think that the group particularly enjoyed the Great Wall trek, the Shaolin school visit and the Terracotta Army.

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Typically £1263 per student.
Based on an 8 day, 6 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018