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Basic price from
8 nights accom. & travel  for 40 students and 4 staff

History school trips to China

History school trips to China

Recommended for GCSE and Key Stage 3 history students, a school trip to China gives fascinating insight and depth to the recent history of the world’s most populous country. Artefacts at the National Museum of China in Beijing and the Shanghai History Museum document the Chinese Communist Party's role in leading the democratic and social revolutions of the Chinese people, transforming it into a global superpower. Other sights that cover the Cold War and Mao’s China include Tiananmen Square and Mao’s Mausoleum.


Suggested Itinerary


      • day


        • Fly overnight from the UK to Beijing
      • day

        Theme: Orientation, overview of Chinese History and the impact of Communism

        • Temple of Heaven in Beijing
        • Visit the Forbidden City (World Heritage Site)
        • National Museum of China
      • day

        Theme: Cultural impact

        • The Great Wall of China
        • The Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium
      • day

        Theme: Xian, its place as an imperial and cultural capital

        • Explore Xian and the Ming Dynasty Bell Tower
        • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
        • Ancient City Wall
        • Tang Dynasty Show a feast of dance, food and culture
      • day

        Theme: Defence and Culture

        • Terracotta Army
        • Huaqing Hot Springs
        • Fountain Light Show
      • day

        Theme: Education and Religion

        • Visit a local school in Xian
        • Muslim Quarter
        • Overnight train from Xian to Shanghai
      • day

        Theme: Orientation and Modern Shanghai

        • Arrive in Shanghai in the early hours
        • Oriental Pearl TV Tower
        • Shopping at the Yu Garden Shopping Market
        • Evening Huangpu River Cruise
      • day

        Theme: Commerce

        • Shanghai History Museum
        • Visit to the Bund, Local Markets and the Yu Garden
        • Acrobatic Show
      • day


        • Fly back to the UK


Itinerary price from: £1355

Price details

Priced based on:

  • 7 night tour for 40 students and 4 staff

Price includes:

  • Return international flights
  • Return airport transfers by coach
  • 7 nights’ full-board accommodation on a bed-sharing basis
  • Standard insurance
  • Entrance to excursions based on above itinerary


Case Studies

KEY TOPIC: The development of the Cold War


Main Case Study Opportunities

      • Tiananmen Square
      • Mao's Mausoleum

KEY TOPIC: Mao's China

Main Case Study Opportunities


      • National Museum of China (Beijing)
      • Shanghai History Museum
      • The Forbidden City
      • Tiananmen Square
      • Mao's Mausoleum

KEY TOPIC: Conflict and tension in Asia

Main Case Study Opportunities


      • National Museum of China (Beijing)
      • Shanghai History Museum

KEY TOPIC:The Qing Dynasty (Key Stage 3)

Main Case Study Opportunities

      • The Temple of Heaven
      • The Forbidden City and Palace
      • Jade Buddha Temple
      • Bell Tower Xian
      • National Museum of China
      • Shanghai History Museum
      • Eastern Qing Tombs (Zunhua)


Curriculum Links


      China Accommodation - Suyuan Phoenix Hotel – Beijing

      Suyuan Phoenix Hotel - Beijing

      • Excellent location
      • Modern accommodation

      The Suyuan Phoenix Hotel holds 243 rooms with a European styled building with a blend of Chinese design.

      Location: Close to the airport and public transport links. Approximately a 15-20 minute drive away from Beijing West Railway Station and 50 minutes from Capital Airport.

      Facilities: Swimming Pool, gym and WiFi access.

      Accommodation: A variety single, twin and double rooms with en suites sleep up to 4 people.

      Meals: We can arrange breakfast at the hotel and lunch and evening meals at local restaurants upon request.

      China Accommodation - Baross City Hotel

      Lotus Hotel - Xian

      • Excellent location
      • Swimming pool and spa

      The Lotus Hotel is a modern hotel opposite the great royal garden; Tang Paradise with a Tang Dynasty style and Lotus flower theme.

      Location: Ideally located in Qujiang New Area, the centre of economy, tourism, culture of business centre of Xian, nearby many top attractions such as the Qujiang Ocean Park. The airport is a 40 minute drive away and it’s only a 15 minute drive to the Xian railway station.

      Facilities: Free internet, satellite TV, Fitness Centre and a Sauna.

      Accommodation: Air conditioned en suite rooms that sleep up to 4 people.

      Meals: We can arrange breakfast at the hotel and lunch and evening meals at local restaurants upon request.

      China Accommodation - Hotel Golden Park

      City View Hotel - Shanghai

      • Ideal location
      • 4 star hotel

      The City View Hotel is an elegant hotel that offers 160 immaculate rooms with all the essential amenities.

      Location: The hotel is located 42 kilometres from the airport and 8 km from the city centre. The hotel is in the Lu Jia Zui Financial and Trade Area, just 10 minutes from Pearl Tower.

      Facilities: Gym and fitness facilities and internet access available.

      Accommodation: En-suite rooms that sleep up to 2 people.

      Meals: We can arrange breakfast at the hotel and lunch and evening meals at local restaurants upon request.

      Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Subject Specific Excursions

Forbidden City

Built in 1406-1420 there are 980 buildings that cover this enormous area. You will see traditional Chinese palatial architecture and the largest collection of ancient wooden structures in the world.

Tiananmen Square

The third largest city square in the world at 109 acres, this is in the centre of Beijing and was designed and built in 1651 and has since been enlarged four times.

Jade Buddah Temple

This Buddhist Temple hosts two jade statues imported from Burma along with other cultural relics. It's a peaceful refuge and you can quite often see or hear monks conducting ceremonies.

Bell Tower - Xian

Located 2 ½ hours’ drive from Beijing, the Eastern Qing Tombs in Zunhua are the largest and most complete mausoleum complex in China. The final resting place of many Qing dynasty emperors, empresses, concubines, princes and princesses, the site provides a fascinating insight for KS3 students focussing on the Qing Empire.

Eastern Qing Tombs

The magnificent Bell Tower is of potential interest to KS3 students focussing on China’s role in world history and its interconnection with other world developments. Marking the centre of China’s ancient capital Xian, the wooden tower dates back to 1384 and is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China.

Mao’s Mausoleum

Mao’s Mausoleum is the final resting place of Mao Zedong, the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from 1945 until his death in 1976. A Chinese communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, the site is an important visit for GCSE students studying communism and the Cultural Revolution.

National Museum of China

Beijing’s National Museum of China offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of aspects of China’s rich history ranging from the Qing Dynasty to the Cultural Revolution and China’s place in the modern world.

Shanghai History Museum

Located beneath the Pearl Tower and dedicated to the history of the city of Shanghai, the museum focuses on the colonial period from the opening of the port in 1843 to the communist take-over in 1949.

The Temple of Heaven

An interesting visit for KS3 students studying the Qing Dynasty, the Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings. These were visited by the Emperors of both the Ming and the Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to the god of heaven for a good harvest.

Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!

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