School History Trip To Beijing, Mount Tai & Qufu
An inspirational history trip covering mighty imperial sites, China’s most sacred mountain, and the birthplace of Confucius!
Make sure you don’t miss Beijing, Mount Tai and Qufu and use our tailored itinerary, built for teachers with history learning objectives in mind.
Visit the Forbidden City palace complex
Confucius's Temple, mansion and tomb in Qufu
The iconic landmark of Tiananmen Square
Walk along the Great Wall of China
*Visa costs not included in price
It was here on October 1st 1949 that Chairman Mao Tse-Tung announced the founding of the People’s Republic of China to the world. Built during the Ming Dynasty the square is named after Tiananmen Gate, which lies to the north. It’s the third largest of its kind in the world and a significant cultural landmark with the People’s Heroes monument in the centre.
This palace lies at the heart of Beijing and was the home of the emperors for over 500 years. Completed in 1420, it is the biggest palace complex in the world covering 74 hectares. Surrounded by a 52m-wide moat, it’s an adventure to explore the labyrinth of rooms, halls and gardens with magnificent decoration and rare curiosities throughout.
Situated just outside Beijing, the Summer Palace is the grandest and most well preserved park in China. Construction began in 1750 on these luxury gardens for the royal family, and gradually they have been developed into the magnificent expanse of lawns, streams, bridges, secret gardens and pavilions scattered across the shores of the Kunming Lake.
Considered to be one of the wonders of the world, the Great Wall today was built in Ming Dynasty and is over 6,000 km long. An amazing feat of defensive architecture, intended to protect the Chinese Empire from invaders, it winds a path over rugged country and steep mountains. Sections within easy reach of Beijing have been restored so that visitors can walk on the wall and see the watch towers.
Once used by emperors in the heaven worship ceremony, the temple park in Beijing is now one of the grandest examples of China’s sacrificial buildings. First built in 1420, the temple has been enlarged and rebuilt by both the Ming and Qing dynasties. At the heart of the Temple is the Hall of Prayer for good harvest, where the Emperor requested good harvests in his divine capacity as the son of heaven.
Mount Tai is a Cultural and Natural World Heritage site and the most famous sacred mountain in China. Worshiped since the neolithic period, the rock mass rises to 1,545m creating one of the most beautiful landscapes in China. The temples, inscriptions and relics are a source of inspiration to scholars and artists, having major impact on China’s culture.
The family estate of the great philosopher and politician of the 6th-5th centuries BC is the largest of its kind in Chinese history. The sprawling residence comprises over 250 buildings, with historical examples of luxury interiors, exquisite decorations and precious cultural relics. The cemetery’s botanical gardens have trees that are so rare, their proper names are still unknown!
The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy is still widely practised and respected in East Asian culture. It’s about capturing life through traces on silk or paper, a dynamic technique prized for both its aesthetic and expressive qualities. Students take part in a lesson by a skilled calligrapher, and keep their finished sheets as a memento to take home.
Confucianism is an important philosophical system originating in the teachings of the Chinese thinker Confucius. The concepts are based on humanism and focus on the family and work over gods and the afterlife. The lecture is an excellent way to help students understand how China’s modern culture has been shaped by Confucius’s ideology.
Dumplings (Jiaozi) are a major part of Chinese New Year fair, but enjoyed all year round. They’re made by filling thinly rolled dough with ground meat and vegetables and are usually eaten with a soy vinegar dipping sauce. They’re always popular with the students, so it’s great for them to learn how to make such a simple and versatile dish.
Why groups like it:
- Understand the rise of communism in China, its development and its influence today
- Explore changes and continuities between imperial and communist China
- Think about historical events in China and the influence they’ve had on the rest of the world
- Understand Chinese religious beliefs throughout history
- Explore the philosophy of Confucius and its influence on Chinese culture
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- View a wide range of sites and monuments commemorating China’s history
- Learn how monuments’ meanings change over time in the light of changing attitudes and events
- Understand the importance of the fall of the empire and the Chinese revolution, and their effect on the rest of the world
- Gain awareness of 20th-century history, the downfall of the emperor, the impact of World War II and the effects of communism
- Ascend one of China’s five sacred mountains, Mount Tai, and understand its historical and religious significance
- Gain a better understanding of Chinese culture, religions and philosophy