School History Trip To Beijing, Xian, Suzhou & Shanghai
An unforgettable trip to Beijing, Xian, Suzhou and Shanghai to take in relics of ancient civilisation across the 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 War
The giant Jade Buddha statue in Shanghai
*Visa costs are 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.
Acrobatic art is a traditional Chinese performing art rooted in Chinese culture and dating back to 475-221BC. The ancient acrobatics reflected the lives of the Chinese people and today, all provinces of China have their own acrobatic troupes. Acts such as group gymnastics, meteor juggling and tight rope feats make for a spectacular show for the students.
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.
Visit this marvellous exhibition of treasures from an archaeological dig that began in 1974 near the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. During his reign (246-221BC) an army of nearly 7,000 warriors was made and then buried in pits to guard the emperor in the afterlife.
Tip: Each statue has individually carved features and represents the ancient imperial guard uniform.
Located at the northern foot of Mount Lishan, Huaqing Pool is famous for its beautiful spring landscape and rich history rooted in the Tang Dynasty. The network of plunge and bathing pools with ancient ruins is an exciting way to learn about Chinese spa history.
Tip: The water of the Guifei Pool is known to be mineral rich and has a therapeutic effect on the skin.
This show is a fantastic way for your students to learn about the history of the Tang Dynasty, a prosperous yet peaceful culture for the ancient city of Xi’an – formally Chang’an. The dance troupe perform traditional Chang’an dances and music that are over 1,000 years old.
Xian is one of the oldest cities in China and was the starting point of the famous Silk Road. The city walls are flanked by a deep moat and are the largest example of ancient military defences in the world. Our tour takes in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the south, and the Hui Muslim Quarter in the north where students get a sense of Xian’s cosmopolitan vibe.
By population, Shanghai is the largest city in the world and the tour gives students a real sense of the city’s global influence. We explore the historical district of Bund as a modern cultural hub, with a trip to see the jade Buddha statues in Jade Buddha Temple and the Oriental Pearl Tower – the iconic structure resembling pearls falling onto a jade plate.
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
- Reflect on the influence of the past on modern life – the streets, sites and art tell the story of this city and its people through history
- Think about historical events in China and the influence they’ve had on the rest of the world
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 gained awareness of 20th-
- Century history, the downfall of the emperor, the impact of World War II and the effects of communism