Beijing, Xian and Shanghai History

School tours

An unforgettable trip taking in relics of ancient civilisation, splendid imperial sites and fast-paced modern China


  • The magnificent Forbidden City palace complex
  • The epic majesty of the Great Wall of China
  • The extraordinary phenomenon of the unearthed Terracotta Warriors
  • The giant Jade Buddha statue in Shanghai
Typically £1355 per student.
Based on a 9 day, 7 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

Please note, 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
City tour - Tiananmen Square, Olympic sites, Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
Evening meal

Day 3

Breakfast Included
The Forbidden City, lunch included
The Summer Palace, evening meal included
Kung Fu Show, overnight Beijing

Day 4

Breakfast included
Great Wall, lunch Included
Temple of Heaven, evening meal included
Overnight sleeper train to Xian

Day 5

Breakfast included
Terracotta Warriors, lunch included
Hua Qing Hot Springs, evening meal included
Tang Dynasty Show, overnight Xian

Day 6

Breakfast included
Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian city wall, lunch included
Evening meal included
Overnight sleeper train to Shanghai

Day 7

Breakfast included
Shanghai Museum, French Concession, Silk Factory
Lunch included
Evening meal included, overnight Shanghai

Day 8

Breakfast included
Oriental TV Tower, Jade Buddha Temple,Yu Garden, the Bund, lunch included
Evening meal included
Chinese Acrobatic Show, overnight Shanghai

Day 9

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

This trip is really packed with new experiences - students are wowed by the evening shows in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Pack light as you are on the move all the time.

Katharina Salzmann
Travelbound China Tour Co-ordinator
Typically £1355 per student.
Based on a 9 day, 7 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018

There can be few other trips that compare with a visit to the sites and the monuments of China, and the chance to take in not just one but three different locations is a real joy to behold. From the Great Wall of China on the outskirts of Beijing to the bright lights of the Bund in central Shanghai, this school history tour promises to be an amazing experience for all concerned.

As mentioned, this is a threecentre option, and in between Beijing and Shanghai you'll be visiting Xian.

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Starting at the top is always best practise and young historians eager to discover the ancient world via Beijing's series of palaces, monuments and temples won't be disappointed. The Forbidden City, the Palace Museum and the National Museum of China all hold an inordinate amount of information for students interested in the imperial dynasties, while Tiananmen Square and the Mao Memorial Hall both hold particular value for areas of study closer to the present day.

Moving away from the capital and southwards to Xian allows students to reflect on what they've experienced before they enter the realm of Emperor Qin Shi Hang and his unflinching army of warriors. There aren't many more recognisable figures in the world of sculpture, and as Xian also holds more than 3,000 years under its belt it's understandably considered a 'must' for visiting history students.

As you'd expect from the world's busiest container port, Shanghai has as many stories and legends as it does historical landmarks and from the incredibly important Shanghai Museum to the popular attractions surrounding the People's Square, this is a more than fitting location to end any school trip.


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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.

St Peter's Academy, Stoke-on-Trent

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Typically £1355 per student.
Based on a 9 day, 7 night tour for 30 students, travelling February 2018